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Subject: Elizabeth / Penny / Penelope
Author: Peter   (guest)
Date: April 8, 2004 at 9:52:18 PM
I'm trying to understand the etymology of the name "Penny." I have always understood it to come from Penelope, and that makes sense to me, even if I don't understand the morphology.

HOWEVER, I've seen a number of references that indicate Penny is a nickname for Elizabeth (as if Elizabeth doesn't have enough nicknames, it's worse that Robert).

So I'm trying to understand how Penny moved from Penelope to Elizabeth; or how it spontaneously popped out of Elizabeth.

A real stumper, to be sure!

Thanks in advance for any help!

PS: for any email responses, please remove the "spamfree." from my email.

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