What does Penelope mean?
Penelope [pene-lope] as a girls' 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.
Related girl name: Posy.Creative forms:
(female) Penelome, Pernelope, ..
(male) Penelophe, Penepe, .. Middle name pairings:
Penelope Alice (P.A.), ..
How popular is Penelope?
Penelope is a very popular first name for women (#771 out of 4276, Top 18%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Penelope reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Penny (#754 via latest list), Penney and Pennie are the prominent variation forms of Penelope (#34 via latest list). Usage of these forms of Penelope was at its highest in 2015 (adoption of 0.52%), except for the form Penny which has fallen out of style. Penelope has been the most prominent.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Annelore, Denelle, Jenelle, Peale, Pealle, Pearle▼, Pearlie▼, Pearline▼, Peele, Pelage (see Pelagia), Pelipa, Peloma, Penee, Pennee, Perle, Perline, Perlline, Pernella, Pernelle, Pernille, Phoeboe, Prunelle and Renelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Penelope.