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Gender: F Meaning of Penelope: "weaver" Origin of Penelope: Greek Penelope's Popularity in 2014: #42

Penelope is a classic name that's been leaping up the charts, thanks to the glamorous image of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and its choice by Kourtney Kardashian for her young daughter. It's one of the fastest-rising names, leaping to Number 56 in 2013, its first year in the Top 100, and now at Number 42. Penelope was also picked for their girls by Tina Fey, by Anna Chlumsky, and by Natalie and Taylor Hanson, of the group Hanson. In 2001, before this rash of celebrity usage, Penelope was down at Number 945.

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. And yes, she's also a Harry Potter character: Penelope "Penny" is a student at Hogwarts.

Penelope is a strong Nameberry favorite, though instead of the traditional Penny as a nickname, many Berries suggest Nell or Poppy.

Famous People Named Penelope

Penelope Cruz (Sánchez), Spanish actress
Penelope Ann Miller (born Penelope Andrea Miller), American actress
Penelope Spheeris, American director and producer
Penelope Fitzgerald, English novelist
Penelope Margaret Lively, Egyptian-British novelist
Penelope Alice Wilton, English actress
Penelope Anne Constance Keith, English actress
Penelope Houston, American singer-songwriter
Penelope "Penny" Heyns, South African Olympic swimmer
Penelope Jane Leach, English child psychologist
Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, birth name of Jane Seymour, English-American actress
Penelope Athena (b. 2011), daughter of actress Tina Fey
Penelope Anne (b. 2005), daughter of musician Taylor Hanson
Penelope (b. 2012), daughter of fitness trainer Tracy Anderson and Matt Mogol
Penelope Scotland Disick (b. 2012), daughter of TV personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Penelope Salomon, daughter of Canadian actress Jessalyn Gilsig

Pop Culture References for the name Penelope

Penelope, wife of Odysseus in Greek mythology
Penelope Garcia, a character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Penelope Wilhern, title character of 2006 movie Penelope
Penelope "Penny" Widmore Hume, character on Lost
Penelope "Penny" Halliwell, character on the TV show 'Charmed'

Pen, Penny, Pelcha, Peneli, Penina, Penna, Penney, Pennie

Penelope's International Variations

Peniel (Hebrew) Lopa, Pela, Pelcia (Polish) Pipitsa, Popi, Pinelopi (Greek) Penelopa, Peni (Spanish) Pennelope, Pépélope (French)