Name: Penelope

Origin and Meaning of the Name Penelope

  • Meaning:
    Weaver; duck
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  • Pronunciation:
    (pen EL oh pee)
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    Itself (Penelope)
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Miscellaneous Info for Penelope

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    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    In Greek mythology, Penelope was the wife of Odysseus who waited for him to return to her for twenty years. She avoided remarriage by claiming she would not remarry until she had completed her father-in-law's funeral shroud; every night, she unraveled part of the shroud so that the project would take a very long time. In literature, her name has become synonymous with faithfulness.

    Famous bearers include actress Penelope Cruz.

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