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What does Cleopatra mean?

Cleopatra Pronunciation of Cleopatra as a girls' name is pronounced klee-oh-PAT-rah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cleopatra is "glory of the father". 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, glory, great, beauty, saint


VARIANTS Clea, Cleo, Cleona, Cleone, Cleonie, Cleta, Clio



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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)

Cleopatra reached its peak rank of #1355 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Cleo (#1110 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Berenice, Cleona, Cleone and Cleta 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cleopatra, Berenice, Cleo, Cleona, Cleone, Cleta in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.

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