Penelope Name Meaning & Origin


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.

Related Names:

Nell, Nellie, Penny, Pip

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Personal experiences with the name Penelope

My name is Penelope Jewel, and I love my name. Nicknames I have had include Penny, Nellie, Pen,PJ, and Nel. But be careful before you name your child Penelope, people at school have made many variations of my name, including but not limited to; PenelopEE, Penelopie, Penalope (Pen-ah-low-pee) and people often miss pronounce my name like that, Puhnelope and Pentalope (like cantalope, haha ._.)

We name our daughter Penelope May. (born Aug 2011) We came about the name by considering her our good luck penny, and when I searched for what name Penny comes from, her father and I fell in love with it. May comes from her father being born in May. We love her name and wouldn't change it for the world.

We named our daughter Penelope (born 2010). We always get surprised and excited comments when people ask her name - they all love it! It is a sweet spot between being familiar but uncommon, and strong and feminine at the same time. We call her just Penelope or Nellie.

My daughter (born 2008) is named Penelope. Everyone always loves her name. We call her Penny and Pen-pen.

My grandaughter's name is Penelapie (pronounced-penelope) and we call her P-pie or just 'pie'.

My daughter's name is Penelope Cate. It's lovely, I think! Her nickname is Penny and also Penny Lane to her father and me. I used to sing the Beatles song to her (still do), so it stuck. She was born in early 2008. We named our daughter Penelope. We obviously thought the name was beautiful. We just call her Penelope though because well we aren't idiots and since we named her that we thought we she call her by her name. THANKS BUNCHES everyone :)

**********My daughter born in 2005 is 7 and I named her Penelope. She is so funny, smart and beautiful. I love the name, but she has told me that kids...boys say her name like this..PeneloPEEEEEEE and it makes her sad. Also people keep asking me if her nickname is Penny.

My 1.5 year old is Penelope Rose and call her Penelope. If someone does call her by her nicknames, she goes by Pippa, Pepper, or Nellopie, but NEVER Penny. We get nothing but compliments about her name. I'm so glad we went with a less common yet beautiful, feminine name with staying power.

I have seven children and one of the seven is Penelope Iris, she is now eleven. Often times people ask if we call her Penny, but I say no, we call her Pip, and occasionally Nellie. I love the name and recommend it

I have a friend named Penelope, she is cool and fun, yet an ultimate OnerUpper. Yet she makes up for it for being her. Shes not shy at all, shes Pilliopino, and has dark hair. Shes nice and is so smart she made honors reading. She has a lil' sis, who she treats like an equal, sort of. Overall i've known her ever since I can remember and whether she treats me like dirt (Which she don't) or not, shes always been there for me and I plan to do the same for her. C:. Ps: She LOVES candy like icecream C3>

I have a daughter named Penelope born in 2011. We call her Penelope Rose or PenPen sometimes but she goes by Pennie. My husband was always in love with the name Penelope so we planned to name her that and it’s just coincidental that all our children have Greek names.

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


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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