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.
Pronunciation: (pen EL oh pee) Form of: Itself (Penelope)
Considering Penelope as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Penelope for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Penelope is a girl name.
The name Penelope is of Ancient Greek, Greek origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Penelope we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Penelope Name Meaning
The meaning of Penelope is “A Silent Worker; Weaver”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Penelope and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Penelope and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Penelope is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Penelope Categories
The name Penelope is in the following categories: American Names, Canadian Names, Classic Names, English Names, Greek Mythological Names, Movie Star Names, Mythological Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Penelope. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Penelope, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Penelope
This name is not popular in the US, according to Social Security Administration, as there are no popularity data for the name. This doesn't mean that the name Penelope is not popular in other countries all over the world. The name might be popular in other countries, in different languages, or even in a different alphabet, as we use the characters from the Latin alphabet to display the data. A derivative of the name might also be popular in US. Try searching for a variation of the name Penelope to find popularity data and rankings.
Note: If a name has less than 5 occurrences in a year, the SSA excludes it from the provided popularity data to protect privacy.
Penelope Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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