Tuesday, 13 May 2014


"Penelope and the Suitors" by John William Waterhouse

Gender: feminine
Pronunciation: pə-NEL-ə-pee

The name Penelope is possibly derived from the Greek penelops, a type of bird. However, it is usually seen as the combination of the Greek pene "threads, weft" and ops "face".

In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope is the faithful wife of Odysseus, who fends off suitors while her husband is fighting in Troy. She would pretend to be weaving a burial shroud for Odysseus's father, saying she will choose suitor when she is finished, and every night for three years, she undoes part of the shroud, until Melantho, one of her serving women, discovers her trick and reveals it to the suitors.

   Related names:

Pénélope - French (f)

Penelope is ranked #56 in the United States, #209 in England/Wales, and #321 in France.

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