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Penelope Meaning


What does Penelope mean?

The name Penelope is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Penelope is "weaver, mythical name".

Penelope is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 8 letters and 4 syllables and is pronounced Peh-nel-oh-pee.

The Given Name Penelope

Of uncertain origin, the name may derive from the Greek element pene meaning "weave" or "weft".

It may also have derived from the Greek element penelops which was a type of duck. Based on Greek mythology, Penelope is the wife of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey.

Penelope falls into the name categories Greek myth, occupational.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Penelope Clearwater, and Penelope Cruz.

Penelope Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 26 in baby name popularity for girls with 6,474 occurrences. It ranked 11,713 in baby name popularity for boys with 6 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 24 in baby name popularity for girls with 6,652 occurrences. It ranked 11,821 in baby name popularity for boys with 6 occurrences.

The trend's your friend. See how Penelope has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Penelope Name Popularity Page.

Penelope Related Names

Variants of the name Penelope include Pelicia.

Penelope has the diminutives (nicknames) Pen, Pene, Penny.

Famous Penelopes

  • Penelope ~ Greek Myth - The wife of Odysseus.
  • Penelope Clearwater ~ Harry Potter character
  • Penelope Cruz ~ Actress
  • Penelope Wilton ~ Actress

Penelope Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Penelope.

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Penelope Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Penelope in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Penelope.

Just for fun, see the name Penelope in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Penelope in Nautical Flags page.