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Penelope - What Does Your Name Mean?
What does the name Penelope mean, what is its origin and who are the famous Penelopes? Discover the story behind the name.
Name Meaning: Penelope
Penelope is a female name pronounced Peh-nel-oh-pee.
Penelope literally means either "thread on a bobbin" (from Greek 'pene') or "duck" (from Greek 'penelops'). There is some debate as to its actual origin.
Name Origin: Penelope
In Greek mythology, Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, king of Ithaca
and the hero of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Odysseus is perhaps
best known for devising the famous Trojan Horse.
Penelope remained faithful to Odysseus for twenty years while she awaited his return, despite marriage proposals from many, many suitors. Legend has it that she managed to delay some of these suitors by promising to consider marriage once her weaving was finished. She then wove by day, and undid the weaving by night.
The name Penelope is pre-Greek, and is often associated with faithfulness, even though this is not the meaning.
Nicknames for Penelope
Penny, Penni, Pennie, Pene, Pen, Penell, Pip, Poppy, Nell, Nellie, Nelly
Penelope Cruz - Spanish actress - born 1974
Penelope Keith - English actress - born 1940
Penelope Ann Miller - American actress - born 1964
Penelope - the first robot to independently work as a surgical instrument assistant - 2005
HMS Penelope - a British naval ship - 1800
Penelope - an open source extension to the Mozilla Thunderbird mail application
Penelope in Fiction
Penelope Pitstop - animated character from "Wacky Races" - late 1960s
Lady Penelope - puppet character from "Thunderbirds" - 1960s
"Penelope" - 2006 movie starring Christina Ricci as a girl with the nose of a pig
Penelope Garcia - character from "Criminal Minds"
Penelope Widmore - character from "Lost"
Penelope Clearwater - character from "Harry Potter"
"Penelope" - song by Australian singer Normie Rowe - 1968
Penelope - cartoon cat mistaken for a skunk by the amorous Pepe Le Pew - WB 1945
"Penelope" - 1966 movie starring Natalie Wood as a beautiful bank robber