Penelope Name Meaning & Origin

Penelope

Pronunciation: peh-NEHL-ə-pee (key)

Origin of the name Penelope:

Derived from mthe Greek Pēnelopē, a name bornee in Greek mythology by Odysseus' wife, who, for twenty years, patiently awaited his return. The etymology of the name is debated. Some believe it is derived from the Greek penelops (a kind of duck), since Penelope was said to have been exposed to die as an infant and was fed and protected by a duck. Others think it might be derived from pēnē (thread on a bobbin) and give it the definition "weaver, worker of the loom," for Penelope spent evenings weaving and unweaving while she waited for her husband to return.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nell, Nellie, Penny, Pip

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Nicknames for Penelope

Elle, Ellie, Lopi, Lopé, Elope, Nell, Nelle, Nells, Nellie, Pena, Penn, Penny/Penney/Penni/Pennie, Penay/Penae, Pip, Pipa, Pippa, Pippy, Poppy, Popi, Popaki, P,Lopes

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Penelope's International Variations:
Pennelope, Pénélope (French) Pipitsa, Popi, Pinelopi or Πηνελόπη (Greek) Peniel (Hebrew) Lopa, Pela, Pelcia (Polish) Penelopa, Peni (Spanish), Lola

Meanings and history of the name Penelope

From Greek, meaning "weaver"

Famous real-life people named Penelope

Penelope Cruz, Spanish actress
Penelope Andrea Miller, American actress
Penelope Spheeris, American director and producer
Penelope Alice Wilton, English actress
Penelope Lively, Egyptian-born novelist
Penelope Houston, American singer-songwriter
Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, aka Jane Seymour (English-American actress)
Penelope Anne Hanson (b. 2005), daughter of Taylor Hanson
Penelope Athena Richmond (b. 2011), daughter of American actress, comedian, writer, and producer Tina Fey and American composer, actor, director, and producer Jeff Richmond
Penelope Scotland Disick (b. 2012), daughter of American television personality, socialite, businesswoman, and model Kourtney Kardashian

Penelope in song, story & screen

"Penelope" was the wife of Odysseus who waited faithfully for his return in The Odyssey
Penelope "Penny" Lockhart is a character in the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Penelope "Punky" Brewster, character on the eponymous '80s children's sitcom
Penelope Pitstop, from old Wacky Racers cartoons and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
Penelope "Penny" Proud- character from Disney's 'The Proud Family'
Penelope (Penny) Widmore is a character on the TV series Lost
Penelope Garcia from the TV series Criminal Minds
Penelope Clearwater, a Ravenclaw Prefect in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward from the television show Thunderbirds
"Penny" is a character on The Big Bang Theory
Penelope in the old time comic strip, Penny - her full name is Penelope Mildred Pringle. I think both names suck.

"Penny" is a character in the film Hairspray
Penelope Gaines is a character in the webcomic Questionable Content
Penelope is one of the hamsters of the Ham-Ham Gang in the anime "Hamtaro"
Penelope movie starring Christina Ricci as a girl with a pig nose
Penny is Inspector Gadget's precocious niece
"Penny Lane", a song by the Beatles
"Penny & Me", a song by Hanson
PJ is the main character in My Boys. It was revealed that her first name is Penelope.
A character named Penelope Kristen Wiig played on SNL who would always try to one up people.
Penelope Aislin "Poppet" Murray, of the novel "The Night Circus."

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