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
; or how it spontaneously popped out of Elizabeth
A real stumper, to be sure!
Thanks in advance for any help!Peter
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