Given Name PENELOPE

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Πηνελοπη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: pi-NEL-ə-pee (English)  [details]

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.
DIMINUTIVES: Pen, Penny, Pene (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Pénélope (French)
SAME SPELLING: Pénélope
USER SUBMISSIONS: Pénelopé, Penélope, Penèlope

Categories

Animal Crossing characters, animals, birds, celebrity babies, Desperate Housewives characters, Hamtaro characters, Harry Potter characters, Jane Austen characters, Looney Tunes characters, Orthodox saints, Sly Cooper characters, The Loud House characters, Thomas Hardy characters, uncertain etymology
Entry updated December 8, 2017