Penelope's old image of an elderly British gardening lady in large-brimmed hat has of late been counterbalanced by the dramatic sensuality of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. Penelope was chosen for their daughters by Tina Fey and by Natalie and Taylor Hanson, of the group Hanson. Penelope's popularity is on the rise, jumping into the Top 200 this year, and it's sure to rise much further and faster now that it's been chosen by Kourtney Kardashian for her newborn daughter.
Penelope has long been associated with the faithful, long-suffering wife of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey. It has several British novelists as namesakes--Penelopes Fitzgerald, Mortimer, Gilliatt and Lively.