Gender Feminine
Scripts Πηνελόπη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. PEH-NEH-LO-PEH(Classical Greek)

Meaning & History

Probably derived from Greek πηνέλοψ (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be from πήνη (pene) meaning "threads, weft" and ὄψ (ops) meaning "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.

Related Names

DiminutivesPen, Penny, Pene(English)
Other Languages & CulturesPénélope(French) Pinelopi(Greek)
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 May 29, 2020