What does Cleopatra mean?
From Kleopatra, derived from "kleo" and "pater", and the name of many queens in the Ptolemaic royal family of Egypt (as Berenice was), the most famous of whom was retold by Shakespeare in "Anthony and Cleopatra" (1606). She is portrayed as a passionate woman of great beauty. Her name is popular among those who want to mark their African roots. Also the name of a fourth-century Palestinian saint.
(female) Cleopadia, Cleopatha, ..
(male) Cleopacar, Cleopatus, ..
How popular is Cleopatra?
Cleopatra is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2655 out of 4276, Top 62%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Cleopatra for girls. Cleopatra reached its peak rank of #1355 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Cleo (#1975 from current records), Cleta, Cleona, Berenice and Cleone are the prominent alternative forms of Cleopatra listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Cleopatra was common among parents during 1910-1919 (median #936) and is now much reduced, with forms like Cleo becoming somewhat outmoded.
Recommended names are Alectra, Ceara, Cearra, Cheeara, Cieara, Ciearra, Clara▼, Cleantha, Clematia (see Clematis), Clematis, Clementia, Clementya, Cliara, Clora, Electra, Elektra, Eleonora, Eleora, Elettra, Ilectra (see Electra) and Leonara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cleopatra.