This name is a fast-rising modern Greek name for girls. It was featured in this week's list of gorgeous Greek names and we will learn more about it here.
The usage of the name Penelope dates back to Homers Odyssey. In the story, she was the wife of Odysseus who had to stand strong against suitors while he was in Troy.
As far as the origin and meaning go, it was possibly derived from the Greek πηνελοψ (penelops) which refers to a kind of duck. However, it is also possible that Penelope is taken from πηνη (pene) which means "threads" and ωψ (ops) which means "face" or "eye". With those combined, Penelope is sometimes listed as meaning "weaver".
As a name in America, Penelope has been in use since records began in 1880 but it wasn't steadily used until 1909. It ranked well from 1935-1975, but left the Top 1000 until 2001. It was majorly trending upward from then on, hitting the Top 100 in 2013. As of 2015, it ranks as the 34th most popular name in the country.
If this is a name you are considering, here are some middle name ideas and some sibling name ideas for Penelope:
Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Camilla, Delphine, Lydia, Olivia, Theresa, Veronica
Brothers: Anthony, Damian, Evander, Lucas, Orion, Reuben, Theodore
Middle Name Ideas:
As a Middle Name:
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