Girl Names baby namePenelope

What does the name Penelope mean?

The meaning of the name “Penelope” is: “A Silent Worker; Weaver”.

Additional information: While it’s agreed that the name Penelope comes originally from the Greek, there is some question as to where it was first seen. It’s commonly thought that the first use was the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s novel Odyssey. Penelope played a faithful wife who refused many male suitors while her husband was away. Another thought is that it originally came from Greek mythology and referred to the mother of the god Pan.

No official variations of the name Penelope exist and it is largely unchanged in the countries where it is used, with the exception of added or removed accent markings. Some short forms of the name that are commonly used include Pennie, Penny, or Pen, although Pennie and Penny are sometimes used as full given names instead.

Penelope as a feminine name has seen a fair amount of popularity, starting the in the 2000s. In recorded history the name used in the US it grew in popularity very quickly from 2007 to 2014, jumping from 409th most popular in ’07 to 42nd most popular in 2014. Also, in 2014, it was ranked at the 101st most popular baby girls’ name in the UK, the 66th most popular in Canada, and the 86th most popular in Australia. All of these statistics show an upward trend from previous years when the name was hardly used or did not make it into the recorded statistics at all.

Famous people and celebrities that are called Penelope include Penelope Cruz, an actress; Penelope Fitzgerald, a renowned and award-winning author; Penelope Wilton, an actress; Penelope Spheeris, a movie director; and Penelope Mitchell, an actress.