[ 4 syll. pe-ne-lo-pe, pen-el-ope ] The baby girl name Penelope is pronounced as Pah-NEHL-ah-Piy (English) †. Penelope is used chiefly in English and German, and it is derived from Old Greek origins. It is from the elements 'penelops' which means duck ; 'pene' thread, web ; 'ops' voice. The name is derived from either the Greek 'penelops' or 'pene' (meaning thread, web). The name was borne in Greek legend by the faithful wife of Odysseus, who waited twenty years for his return; she resisted her suitors by insisting that she finish weaving a burial shroud for her father-in-law and then secretly unpicking the thread every day.
Penelope is a widely used name; it has 34 variants that are used in English and other languages. English variants include Pelcha, Peneli, Penelia, Penella, Penelopea, Penelopee, Penelopey, Penelopi, Penelopie, Peneloppe, Penelopy, Penélope, Peni, Penina, Penine, Penn, Penna, Penne, Pennea, and Pennelope. Other English variants include the contracted form Pen, and the diminutive forms Nellie, Pennee, Penney, Penni, Pennie, and Penny.
Variants of Penelope used in other languages include Lopa (Polish), Pelcia (Polish), Penelopa (Polish), Pinelopi (Greek), Pipitsa (Greek), and Popi (Greek). The contracted form Pela (Polish) is another foreign variant.
Penelope is very popular as a baby name for girls, and it is also regarded as trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 2000s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2016, 0.332% of baby girls were named Penelope. It ranked at #27 then. Out of all girl names in its group, Penelope was the most popular in 2016. 15 times more girls were named Penelope than the subsequent ranked name, Penny, in that year.
Baby names that sound like Penelope include Penelopee, Penelopey, Penelopi, Penelopie, and Penélope.
† Pronunciation for Penelope: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Penelope is Actress Penelope Cruz, born 28 April 1974, Madrid, Spain.