Penelope name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Penelope

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 submissions from the United States and Ireland agree the name Penelope means "Beautiful person" and is of Greek origin.
  2. According to a user from South Dakota, U.S., the name Penelope is of Greek origin and means "Nice and beautiful human".
  3. A submission from Indiana, U.S. says the name Penelope means "Strong and beautiful" and is of Greek origin.
  4. 3 people from the United States and the United Kingdom agree the name Penelope is of Greek origin and means "Weaver".
  5. A user from California, U.S. says the name Penelope is of American origin and means "Gifted, laughable".
  6. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Penelope means "Gift of God".
  7. A submission from Oregon, U.S. says the name Penelope means "Running swan. To 'elope' means to run, and a 'pen' is the name for a female swan".
  8. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Penelope means "Queen".
  9. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Penelope means "Be you".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pe*nel"o*pe
A genus of curassows, including the guans.

Etymology: From. L. Penelope, the wife of Ulysses, the hero of the Odyssey, Gr. Phnelo`ph

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A genus of guans (turkey-like arboreal birds valued as game and food birds)
  2. (Greek mythology) the wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity; for 10 years while Odysseus fought the Trojan War she resisted numerous suitors until Odysseus returned and killed them

From Ancient Greek Πηνελόπη, possibly from πηνέλοψ (pēnélops, “duck”).

  1. (Greek mythology) The faithful wife of Odysseus.
  2. A female given name from Ancient Greek.
  3. A town in Texas.

Penelope was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and Italian

Notable Persons Named Penelope

Notable Persons Named Penelope

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1989. Penélope was given the name Penélope Cruz Sánchez on April 28th, 1974 in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.

Penelope Ann Miller

Penelope Ann Miller is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1985. Penelope was given the name Penelope Andrea Miller on January 13th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton is an actress. She has been prominent since 1968. Penelope was given the name Penelope Alice Wilton on June 3rd, 1946 in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK.

Dame Penelope Keith

Dame Penelope Keith is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1959. Dame was given the name Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield on April 2nd, 1940 in Sutton, Surrey, England.

Penelope Garcia

Penelope Garcia is a fbi technical analyst, co-communications liaisonbrown eyes, and federal bureau of investigation.

Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to present. Penelope was born on December 2nd, 1945 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Penelope

Notable Persons With the Last Name Penelope

Viscountess Cobham Penelope

Viscountess was given the name Penelope Ann Cooper on January 2nd, 1954.

Julia Penelope

Julia Penelope was an american author, linguist, academic, philosopher; lgbt, feminist activist, linguistics, and philosopher. Julia was given the name Julia Penelope Stanley on June 19th, 1941 in Miami. Julia is also known as Stanley and Julia Penelope. She left this life on January 19th, 2013.


Fun Facts about the name Penelope

  • What name lists does Penelope rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Penelope? Penelope is the 818th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Penelope was the 22nd most popular name.
  • How many people with the first name Penelope have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 72,409 babies born with the first name Penelope in the United States. That's more than enough people named Penelope to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Penelope? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Penelope first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Penelope is Friday, October 17th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Penelope born? The highest recorded use of the first name Penelope was in 2019 with a total of 6,697 babies. That's a lot of babies named Penelope!
  • Random Penelope Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Penelope ranks 34th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 58 babies in Kansas have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name Penelope: The name spelled backwards is Epolenep. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Enepolpe. How do you pronounce that?
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