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ScriptsΠηνελοπη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.pi-NEL-ə-pee English

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from Greek πηνελοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πηνη (pene) "threads, weft" and ωψ (ops) "face, eye". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.
DiminutivesPen, Penny, Pene English
Other Languages & CulturesPénélope French
Same SpellingPénélope
User SubmissionsPénelopé, Penélope, Penèlope


Penelope and the Suitors by John William Waterhouse (1912)Penelope and the Suitors by John William Waterhouse (1912)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute