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One of the first bearers of the name was Kleopatra the sister of Alexander the Great. In use in ancient Greece was also the masculine "Kleopatros".
Damis  3/8/2005
Rather a pompous thing to name a child.
Smog  4/18/2006
Cleo is a nice name, Cleopatra is excessive.
Dray  7/12/2006
I like this name a lot, but I wouldn 't name my child it. Too complex.
nirvana1807  7/13/2006
I don't understand the negative comments on this name, it is beauty, regal, dignified, not overused, has a wonderful history, can be used for those with black, mixed, or European ancestory, and can be shortened to the sweet and beautiful Cleo in a breath. Lovely. I will use this name.
Cynyslende  11/30/2006
In relation to the negative comments about the name Cleopatra. For one, she married and slept with her brothers each in turn before killing them. They were 12 and 10 respectively. That adds up to Incest, Pedophilia, and Murder. Sounds lovely doesn't it. She was also a harsh and pompous queen, one who slept around. What a legacy to put on your daughter's shoulders.
YMPvt  3/9/2007
Just because one person bears a name doesn't make all those after it named after them. I would never name my child after Michael Jackson, yet still Michael is a very popular name and has been for a long time.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2007
I like the name Cleopatra, but would never give the name to a child - it's a little impractical. The historic Cleopatra was a very smart politician. She was loved by her people, spoke numerous languages, and did what she had to in order to survive in a world that was not very kind to women. It was the custom for her to marry and become joint ruler with her respective brothers. She did not necessarily consummate the marriages, nor has it been decisively proven that she had anything to do with their deaths.
― Anonymous User  5/6/2007
It really IS pompous. A shy girl would hate to have this attention-grabbing name. It's very tacky. Now, it's been a little more than a decade, but I still remember a very annoying song titled Cleopatra Coming Atcha or whatever from 1998. I didn't mind the track then, but I'd hate it now. Not that people will ever re-discover it, but gosh, that really ruined the name a bit.
slight night shiver  5/18/2008
For obvious reasons, I'd never use this on a real person. Too over-the-top.
bananarama  8/8/2008
In Germany, we pronounce the name kind of like "clay-OH-pah-trah". We don't emphasise the third but the second syllable, so the English pronunciation sounds very funny to me.
LoQuiero  9/8/2008
This is a very pretty name, but it's so overused.
zippity bubble  5/5/2009
HOW is this overused? It's not even in the top 1000!
Chrila96  2/21/2011
The worst nickname is Pat, as people would assume it was Patricia.
Hushpuppy  6/22/2009
Cleopatra VII was probably not likely to have used an asp to kill herself. The snake was probably put into the myth by Augustus for propaganda and imagery purposes.
writer1311  6/20/2011
First, Cleopatra VII (actually VI) was the most beloved Ptolomaic ruler of the Egyptians, brilliant and charming (but not beautiful, unlike popular opinion). She was forced to marry her 2 brothers; incest was normal for Ptolomies. The first brother started a war against her and forced her into exile. Who knows about #2. Compared to her ancestors, she was relatively mild. Octavian declared war against her "for her acts", conveniently unspecified. The war was against her lover and his co-ruler Antony. She came into power at the worst possible time, and actually did much better than her father in political arena.
MiryamChannah  9/8/2011
Beautiful, especially with Cleo as a short form, as Cleopatra is too cumbersome for everyday use. I especially love the historical character.
MiryamChannah  9/8/2011
It sounds pretty, but I think Cleopatra would be rather pretentious to name your daughter. And the historical Cleopatra wasn't a very nice person. Cleo/Clio would be a better option.
Buneary  10/25/2012
I know a Greek woman who is named Cleopatra after St. Cleopatra. I think it's lovely.
bachelorette  1/6/2013
Cleopatra Stratan is a Moldovan child singer.
Also, Beyoncé played Foxxy Cleopatra in 'Austin Powers: Goldmember'.
AnastasiaE  8/29/2013
Although I think Cleopatra is a very beautiful name, I don't think its usable and it's a bit of a guilty pleasure name for me. However, simply Cleo is beautiful. But I do love very old names and admire strong willed women from history! Maybe as a middle name...
tsarinaoftheplains  9/8/2013
Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator was a brilliant queen. Do you really think anyone would CHOOSE to marry their little brother? No, of course not, it wasn't her call, so get over it. Also, keep in mind that everything people know about her was written by her enemies, so the history they have of her does have a negative taint. She was a brilliant, strong, and charming queen who did everything she could for her people. She would be an amazing namesake for any little girl, but I do agree that it's a kind of "out there" name. Perhaps better as a middle name.
Eievie  9/29/2013
Too complicated and over the top to use as a real name. Cleo and Patra are nice nicknames though.
xgirl  5/26/2014
I have a relative in Dubai who has this name. I think it's quite a beautiful one.
Ali Hassan  2/19/2015
I named my tarantula this. It works on a pet, but definitely not on a kid!
TyrannosaurusRegina  1/22/2016
A gynecological book written in the 2nd C. AD is attributed to a Cleopatra, however, the actual author may be unknown and the patron for the book may have been Queen Cleopatra.
earthnut  6/2/2016
How about "Cleopatrick" as a masculine form? (OUCH!)
Kosta  6/16/2016
The name Cleopatra in Greek is a combination of two different Greek words "Cleo" in ancient Greek is "Kleos" and means "glory", so that person has glory. The second word "patra" comes from the Greek word "pater" meaning father, so the name means "the glory of the father". They gave her that name because her father chose her as the next Pharaoh.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2016
I think this name is beautiful, but I can't imagine this name on a little girl. You could nickname her Cleo but it reminds me of that little purple dog on Clifford The Big Red Dog.
Livisnotonfire  12/28/2017

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