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The literal meaning of the name is "weaver[ess]". It thus agrees with the legend of Ulisses's wife, who was weaving the same piece of cloth for twenty years, waiting for her husband's return from Troy. It is an archaic compound noun, from the Greek noun "pene" (=thread) and the Greek verb "lepo" (=to unroll). It has nothing to do with the archaic Greek word "penelops", meaning "duck".
-- Etymomaniac  6/9/2005
This is a very cute name! Course, no offense to anyone, but I wouldn't name my child Penelope. I love the way it's spelled and pronounced. :)
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2005
This was the real name of Punky Brewster (the 80's TV show), but she hated it and called herself Punky.
-- Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Simply gorgeous.
-- Anonymous User  2/7/2006
Penelope Cruz is a Hollywood actress.
-- lindamaree  3/9/2006
I prefer the nickname Penny, it is a cute name.
-- Anonymous User  5/28/2006
For some reason, I really like this name. The way it's spelt, pronounced. It just rolls of your tongue. And it's not like a heavy roll, like a soft and light roll. I think it's pleasing to the ears. It's very cute. It reminds me of Hamtaro though.
-- karlyjok  7/21/2006
The 1960's model Penelope Tree is a famous bearer of this name.
-- veggiedoll  7/21/2006
Penelope Pitstop was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character.
-- emeraldstar  8/2/2006
Penelope appeared on the top 1000 list from the 1930's to the 1970's with its most popular year being the 1940's where it ranked 286. It came back on the top 1000 list in 2003 with its most popular year being 2005 where it ranked 562.
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
Who could forget Lady Penelope from the Thunderbirds! LOL.
-- bellaboo  10/24/2006
There is an author named Penelope Evans.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Although the origin of the name "Penelope" is defined as being derived from the Greek word for "duck", most other baby-name sites state the meaning to be "weaver". This definition is supported by Wikipedia's entry that states that the mythological character's name is "close to the Greek word for duck but is usually understood to be a combination of the Greek word for web or woof (ðçíç) and the word for eye or face (ùø), very appropriate for a weaver of cunning whose motivation is hard to decipher".

In addition, Odysseus was the king of Ithaca in the Odyssey, making Penelope his queen. She had to wait twenty years for his return because Odysseus did not come home directly after the battle at Troy (which took ten years), but had to brave many adventures on his way home. The journey back to Ithaca took another decade.
-- seraphine_eternal  12/10/2006
I would like to apologise for the similarity of the first part of my comment to that of Etymomaniac's comment that was left on 6/9/2005; I hadn't seen it before posting. I also apologise for the fact that the Greek letters didn't show up in my earlier comment.

However, no offence to Etymomaniac, but I would like to point out to him/her that Ulysses - or Ulisses as he/she spelt it - is the Roman-myth form of Odysseus's name.
-- seraphine_eternal  12/10/2006
I love the name Penelope! It sounds very exotic to me, yet not wierd. I would never have thought that it was a Greek name.
-- victoire  1/4/2007
I love this name. It's not common, but is still really pretty.
-- 7up  1/26/2007
Sounds like pineapple.
-- newguineafan  2/4/2007
This is such a fun name to say out loud. It sounds like someone tap-dancing. :-)
-- Jasmine  2/25/2007
Penelope Widmore is from Lost. She's not really a famous bearer, but a bearer nonetheless.
-- moonfoot  2/28/2007
My dog was almost named Penelope. I never really liked it, Because while it's okay I've always thought of it as Pen-uh-lope (rhymes with rope) because of when I read it without knowing the pronunciation at age five. Also whenever I did something silly when I was little my mom would go "Well, if my name isn't Penelope Esmirelda Diddly-Squat."
-- Anonymous User  3/21/2007
Duck? This name means duck? Oh. Well, any respect I DID have for the name is now gone.
-- Emmasj  3/23/2007
Penelope Taylor is a basketballer in NBA women and she also plays for Australia when it comes to the Olympics and World Championships. She was awarded the best player award when Australia won the Championships.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2007
Means "Weaver" not "Duck", as Penelope fended off persistant suitors (see previous comments) by insisting that she could not marry before finishing her father's (father in law's?) burial shroud. She would weave it each day and unweave it each night as the suitors slept. Eventually though, a maid in her household who was sleeping with one of the suitors betrayed Penelope, and thus she was forced to choose one of them.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  5/27/2007
I always thought of it pronounced as pene-LOPE (as in rope) too but that was way back then before I knew about the "e" sound in Greek names (like Athena, Chloe and Niobe). I'm past that now. I think Penelope is a nice name but it can get quite weird when you say it a lot or say it fast. The associations with myths and later characters bearing this name give the name a varying quality, in my opinion. However I too have been plum puzzled at its meaning of "duck." Thought it meant "weaver." Wow what a nice similarity. Maybe a girl who can be pictured to like ducks (or at least have duck as her favorite dinner) would like to have this name? Hmm. It still rings nice though.
-- Loni_maryrose  6/3/2007
Sounds a bit old-fashioned but I still think it's okay. Penelope was Odysseus' faithful wife. So it gives a good association. I like the nickname Penny. It's cute.
-- Anonymous User  6/9/2007
Good name, rolls on the tongue an interesting way, but I dislike Penny for a nickname, it reminds me of a hen, this is one of those name which is best left alone, IMO.
-- spaz123  6/24/2007
Taylor Hanson and his wife Natalie Bryant have a daughter Penelope, born 19th April 2005.
-- Karcoolka  6/27/2007
To everyone who's appalled at the possibility that "Penelope" could derive from the Greek word for "duck" - frankly, so am I; it's my name. Where I'm concerned, it'll always mean "weaver" because that's more appropriate to my mythological namesake, the faithful Queen of Ithaca.

And to fellow user Emmasj - I'm sorry that you lost respect for this regal name. The general consensus here among us commenters is that it doesn't mean "duck", but "weaver".

To fellow user VictoriaCalledTori - the burial shroud was supposedly for Penelope's father-in-law, Laertes. Also, after this "burial shroud" scheme failed, she still wheedled her way out of choosing any suitor with her wit (although their presence and persistence caused her quite a lot of longing for her husband Odysseus to return).
-- seraphine_eternal  7/28/2007
Penelope does not mean weaver. Penelope means duck, but it got weaver associated with it because Odysseus's wife, Penelope, was a weaver herself.
-- Rama  8/27/2007
Sorry, Rama, if that's what you think; please see my comment above (best viewed with Encoding set to Greek (Windows)), as well as those posted by Etymomaniac and VictoriaCalledTori. Though it's true that Penelope was a weaver, that doesn't lend much weight to your argument. The name being similar to the word for "duck" doesn't mean that it means "duck", though both are from the same language. It might be that the situation resembles a situation in Chinese where two words have the same pronunciation but different meanings; the same goes for a situation in which one Chinese word has two different pronunciations and meanings.
-- seraphine_eternal  10/9/2007
Penelope Ann Miller is a somehow famous actress.
-- Anonymous User  9/21/2007
Penelope Clearwater, Percy Weasley's girlfriend in the second and third Harry Potter books. In the second book she gets petrified at the same time as Hermione, and in the third book she is made Head Girl.
-- butterfly_chaser  9/30/2007
I just thought of something! Ducks have webbed feet! So maybe the Greek name for a (type of) duck (Penelops) actually came from web or weaving? Etymologists?
-- Bettina  12/20/2007
It's a pretty name, and you get the cute nickname Penny out of it, but it strikes me as a bit of a Harlequin novel character name.
-- slight night shiver  5/2/2008
In my opinion, Penelope is a very refined name and Penny is a fun nickname.
-- Anonymous User  5/21/2008
I love this name! Very pretty and I also like the nicknames Penny and Pen.
-- caity-bear915  5/23/2008
This is my all-time favorite girls' name! It is so adorable! I definitely would want to name my daughter this (if I have one).
-- bananarama  7/9/2008
In the Swedish version of A Great and Terrible Beauty (by Libba Bray), this is Pippa's name. They changed her name to Penelope because the word "Pippa" in Swedish is not a very nice word.
-- Anonymous User  8/11/2008
My middle name is Penelope, hence my username. I'm 13 and my father was the one who came up with both my first, and middle name. He watched many cartoons during the late 60's/early 70's and one of his favorites happened to be the Perils of Penelope Pitstop. He also found it to be very suiting for a kid like me as I grew older. I'm a musician and quite creative and artistic, which I relate with Penelope from Greek Mythology, since she was a weaver.
-- penelopepitstop  8/14/2008
Actress Jessalyn Gilsig and Bobby Salomon have a daughter Penelope who was born on 26. September, 2006.
-- Emilie007  9/3/2008
I hate this name. It reminds me of millipedes.
-- Joe-Bob-McRobert  12/25/2008
Polly and Poppy are both lovely nicknames for Penelope.
-- vomiting  3/10/2009
When I was younger, I thought Penelope was pronounced like "antelope" or "cantaloupe", & the name still reminds of melons.
-- SeaHorse15  4/4/2009
Ugly! Such an ugly name. Old lady.
-- Anonymous User  5/14/2009
Penelope Anne Constance Keith, CBE, DL (born Penelope Hatfield on 2 April 1940) is an English actress well known in the United Kingdom for her television career. She is best known for appearing in well-known British sitcoms, such as The Good Life, (in which she played Margo Leadbetter) and To The Manor Born (in which she played Audrey Forbes-Hamilton). She also played minor roles in many others.
-- walesgal92  6/21/2009
I think this is a really nice name which I think has quite mysterious qualities to it, and I definitely do not think it is an old lady name. I think it could suit all ages and Penny is quite a nice, informal nickname, especially for a child, and as they grow older and want to sound a bit more serious, they could use their full name. And I'm also glad that it is being used more frequently in recent years. And yes I think Penelope is great. :)
-- walesgal92  6/21/2009
If I ever hated a name, it would be this one. Penelope is so ugly, I can't imagine anyone wanting to name their child this. I think it's an atrocious sounding name with a strange spelling. The meaning of duck or 'weaver' doesn't do this ugly name any favors either.
-- Bajafresh  9/30/2009
I love the sound of Penelope. It just rolls off the tongue. And unlike some other beautiful names in Greek Mythology, like Phaedra or Clytemnestra, Penelope's namesake is actually an admirable character. But for a long time, what made me write this name off was that if I named my daughter this, she would end up being called Penny by everyone (most likely). And I can't stand Penny. To me, that's like naming your kid Nickel or Dime. However, my thoughts toward the name Penelope changed when I had either heard or read that a woman named Penelope went by the nickname Poppy. I happen to like many flower names, including Poppy, and I found that to be a great nickname for Penelope instead of calling her a coin.
-- erb816  12/6/2009
Penelope is the heroine of the book Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. And is in many of the Bridgerton series.
-- Hehehe  12/9/2009
If I were ever to have twins I would name them Penelope and Josephine. Nicknames Poppy and Posy. I think girly, flowery nicknames are wonderful. If not twins, two daughters. So cute.
-- SophieLucilleWinter  12/27/2009
There is this movie named "Penelope" with Christina Ricci as the title character.
-- Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
In the Sly series, there is this mouse named Penelope.
-- Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
I agree with one of the comments, the name rolls off your tongue and sounds good. It is joyful and very "bouncy" and suits a young girl. It can suit an adult if you say it slower without any giddiness in your voice but it is a very youthful name.
-- Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
This is my name! I used to hate it, but after reading some of the comments I'm happy it's my name. My mum always used to say it meant 'little duck' and as I was the youngest in my family it fits well. The nickname Penny is nice, but Pen gets annoying. I also found that I get called pencil a lot.
-- pen-ee-l-o-pee  2/22/2010
I used to think this name sounded stuck up, but now I love it. I love the short, fast syllable sounds, and the nickname Penny is adorable.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2010
The awesome tech analyst in the American show "Criminal Minds" is named Penelope!
-- WCSAngel  8/6/2010
There is a character called Penny on "The Big Bang Theory". Penny is probably short for Penelope, since she uses "Queen Penelope" as a screen name when she plays an online game.
-- FriedaPS  8/25/2010
So sweet, and definitely not overused! I loves it. :D
-- Chrila96  10/12/2010
LOVE IT!
It feels like tap-dancing with my tongue when I say it. This name is so bright and exuberant and spunky. All the nicknames are gorgeous--Poppy for the shy little girl, Penny for the more extroverted Penelope, and Nell (my personal favorite) for anybody.
This name truly is beautiful, from the spelling to the short forms to the pronunciation. I love it, and hopefully can use it on a daughter.
-- DaphneSusan  10/30/2010
Penelope ages well, and Penny is an adorable nickname.
-- Dawson  12/12/2010
I rather like this name. Though I don't really like the nickname "penny". This name sounds classic and cute for a little girl.
-- adrenalinekat  12/23/2010
Yuck.
-- Dancing_Dragonfly  1/20/2011
I like Penelope, but I don't care for the nickname, Penny. Why couldn't a Penelope be called Nell or Nellie if you need a nickname?
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2011
I do not like this name, and I don't understand why so many people do. It has a weird final sound, and it seems incredibly youthful. Not to mention small children will have trouble pronouncing this name and, if they bear it, learning to write it. The only thing I like is that you can get the cute nickname Nellie out of it.
-- Black_X  8/2/2011
Love the name Penelope! I would definitely name my child this. I love that it's a Greek Mythological name.
-- angiec8420  9/13/2011
This name derives from the Greek roots: ΠΗΝΕΛ-ΟΠΗ=vale-face, sight. We have the same compound OP in the name EUROPE which means:wide face, wide sight, (ev. indicating the moon). [noted -ed]
-- georgev1112  9/14/2011
Penelope is one of those rare strong and frills-free long names. It has a ton of nickname options (something for everyone) Penny, Poppy, Polly, Nell, Nellie... The meaning doesn't really matter to me.
-- _Veritas_  10/15/2011
In The Amanda Show, there was a girl named Penelope Taynt who was Amanda's number one fan and did whatever she can to meet Amanda.
-- Anonymous User  11/9/2011
Penelope Athena Richmond is the daughter of American actress/comedian Tina Fey.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2011
I'm not overly fond of the name. Someone else mentioned how it reminds one of melons. I get that impression, too. However, I went to college with a girl named Penelope, and her nickname was "Poppy," so there is another nickname in addition to Nellie and Penny.
-- Anonymous User  1/9/2012
Exotic sounding and pretty girls name.
-- Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
Sounds too much like a joke name to me. I really don't like it.
-- the_awesome_elf  3/2/2012
Penelope Andrea Miller is an American actress. She is professionally known as Penelope Ann Miller.
-- Anonymous User  3/11/2012
Extraordinarily beautiful, unique name for a gorgeous girl. Be bold enough to choose this name and your daughter will have heaps of personality!
-- stairwaytoastar  4/20/2012
Penelope is the name of the female black cat who Pepe Le Pew constantly chases in the Looney Tunes cartoons.
-- Bonquiqui  6/24/2012
American reality stars Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian have a daughter named Penelope (b. July 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California).
-- Anonymous User  7/9/2012
The whole Karadashian thing makes me so mad. I spent so much time trying to pick a name for my daughter that would be different without being strangely spelled or impossible to say and she goes and ruins it. **sigh**
It doesn't help that now I'm Courtney with a daughter Penelope.
However, as a warning for others liking the name... a popularity rise is almost certain now.
-- TheCourtneyDayle  7/15/2012
This name has been trending up for a few years now and with the Kardashian girl born this year I am sure it will skyrocket even faster, like the name Mason did for boys.
I like the story with the name, but never liked it enough to consider it for a little girl.
-- Marilyn86  8/15/2012
Despite the new Kardashian association, I still love this name. For some reason, I love the fact the meaning of the name is related to duck, and reading the Odyssey in my English class has only made me love and understand this name even more.
-- skybluecandle  10/4/2012
A famous Penelope was the Earl of Essex's sister Penelope Devereux (1563-1607 )who inspired Sir Philip Sidney's poem "Stella" - I find the name Penelope quite adorable.
-- Just Jonquil  12/5/2012
Penelope Wilton is a critically acclaimed English actress with this name.
-- Anonymous User  1/12/2013
I love this name.

It is elegant and classic. Very sweet and lovely sounding name.

The nickname Penny is also something I am fond of. It just has a whimsical and light ring to it.

Penelope is a great name for a girl to grow up with.
It is mature sounding enough to be used when she is an adult to be taken seriously and it is also soft enough to be called by when she is a young girl.
-- Rinaeden  2/7/2013
Penelope is the name of one of the hamsters in the anime Hamtaro.
-- Buneary  3/26/2013
Another diminutive of Penelope is Pepper. At least, it had better be, because I've used it in a play!
-- DalekLuna  7/18/2013
It's gone trendy. It was #125 for 2012, undoubtedly because of the stupid Kardashians. A lot of celebrities are using it, and parents thinking its "old fashioned". I would disagree with that. While it's not a modern name (in fact it has a lot of history) it's never been more popular than it is now. The same goes for Charlotte and Amelia, other trendy names chosen by people who think they're being so 'vintage' and 'unique'. Not that they're bad names. But... I'm really not a fan of Penelope anyways. I love the nickname Penny, but for some reason Penelope strikes me as wimpy. I don't like the sound either.
-- Anonymous User  7/22/2013
My daughter is named Penelope after the character in "wacky races" Penelope Pitstop! Her nickname is Poppy which suits now she is 6, but Penelope will be great when she is older!
-- smartspork  7/28/2013
Such a lovely name but it just means duck! Haha! Am not calling a baby a duck.
-- Pussy-Meow  10/13/2013
This is a really nice name. It's a shame that it's getting trendy.
-- Buneary  5/24/2014
If I ever get a female cat, I'm naming her Penelope. I like the "weaveress" meaning for a cat, because cats are so quiet and agile when catching prey.

Sorry, I can't see myself naming a child this, although I like the nicknames Nell and Nellie for a girl.
-- Tiger Lilly  5/25/2014
I always think of the lovely Penelope Cruz, plus the name has a unique sort of ring to it.
-- Hushpuppy  7/20/2014

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