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Meaning and name origin

Penelope \p(e)-nelo-pe, pen(e)-lope\ as a girl's name is pronounced pen-NELL-a-pee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Penelope is "weaver". From "pene". Mythology: Penelope, wife of Odysseus, fended off suitors by weaving during the day and unraveling at night a tapestry she said had to be completed before she would wed another husband. The name has come to signify a loyal, capable, and intelligent woman. The name is also possibly derived from the Greek name "penelops" for a type of duck that was said to have rescued and nurtured Penelope when she was exposed to die as an infant. Model Penelope Tree; parenting expert Penelope Leach; actresses Penelope Ann Miller, Penelope Cruz.


Penelope has 8 variant forms: Pen, Penelopa, Penina, Penna, Pennelope, Penney, Pennie and Penny.

For more information, see also the related girl name Posy.


Penelope is a very popular first name for females (#771 out of 4276, Top 18%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Penelope for girls. Penelope reached its highest rank of #42 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Penelope name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Penelope outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Penelope and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Penelope (#42), Penny (#808) and Pennie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Penelope, Penny, Pennie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Penelope outside U.S.