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What does Penelope mean?

Penelope Pronunciation of 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.

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.

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)

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

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

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.

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.