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Gender: Female Meaning of Cleopatra: "glory of the father" Origin of Cleopatra: Greek

The name Cleopatra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "glory of the father". Cleopatra and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

A royal name in ancient Egypt that's never quite made it to the modern world, though nickname Cleo is widely used. Other now-extinct Cleopatra diminutives, including Cleora and Cleola, achieved some popularity in the early 20th century when there was a crazy for all things Egypt-related as the ancient tombs were opened and artifacts displayed. In the US, Cleopatra became a popular silent film in 1917 starring Theda Bara.

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Famous People Named Cleopatra

Cleopatra VII Philopator, last Queen of Ptolemaic Egypt
Cleopatra I-VI, Queens of Ptolemaic Egpt
Cleopatra Selene, Queen of Syria, daughter of Cleopatra III of Egypt
Cleopatra "Cleo" von Adelsheim, Hereditary Princess of Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg, German-Chilean actress
Cleopatra Coleman, Australian actress
Cleopatra "Cleo" Demetriou, Cyprus-born actress
Cleopatra Madonna "Cleo" Higgins, American singer of group Cleopatra
Cleopatra Stratan, Moldovan singer
Cleopatra Tawo, Nigerian radio personality
Cleopatra Koheirwe, Ugandan actress
Cleopatra Mathis, American poet
Cleopatra Pantazi, Greek pop singer
Roberta Cleopatra Flack, American singer-songwriter
Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi, Finnish painter

Pop Culture References for the name Cleopatra

Lady Cleopatra, Arthur Rowdy's wife (nee Stonehenge) in "Sketches and Travels" (1850) by W. M. Thackeray
Cleopatra "Cleo" Jones, main character in 1973 film "Cleopatra Jones"
Cleopatra "Cleo" McQueen, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Cleopatra "Dirtbike" Funnie, baby sister on TV's "Doug"
Cleopatra, character in "Toad Patrol"
Foxxy Cleopatra, main character in film "Austin Powers in Goldmember"
Cassandra Cleopatra Watkins, character in "Mr Facey Romford's Hounds" (1865) by R. S. Surtees.
Cleopatra, song and album by The Lumineers.
Cleopatra, song by Diamond White.

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Thepandaprincess223 Says:


This name is so pretty. Cleo, while being obvious is a really nice nickname. I think hat Cleopatra helps make Cleo look more professional.

katinka Says:


GP! I definitely wouldn't dare use it in full, but I'd use Cleo in a flash.

malloree Says:


I love this name! I know a Cleo, but I've never met a Cleopatra. Cleo I like a bit more though

Bobcat108 Says:


I think of this as a one-person name...or a cat's (Siamese, usually) name. Patra might be an interesting way to use a form of the name w/o referencing either the Egyptian queen (Cleopatra) or the character from Pinocchio (Cleo—fish? cat?).

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Shorten it down to Cleo for a nickname.