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What does Penelope mean?

Penelope /pe-ne-lo-pe/ 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.

Associated with: greek, mythology, night (black), intelligent, tree


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

Related girl name: Posy.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Penelome, Pernelope, ..

(male) Penelophe, Penepe, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Penelope for girls. Penelope reached its top rank of #42 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Penelope name in U.S.

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

Penny (#808 via latest list), Penney and Pennie are the prominent variation forms of Penelope (#42 via latest list). Usage of these forms of Penelope was at its highest in 2014 (adoption of 0.46%), except for the form Penny which has fallen out of style. Penelope has been the most prominent.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Penelope, Penney, Pennie, Penny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended 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.