Penelope

Penelope - A very unique female name



  Feb 20,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Penelope, meaning weaver, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1914 on position #1499. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Penelope and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Penelope? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Penelope. The baby girl name Penelope was given to 2,495 baby girls in 2012, ranking #125 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 566 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Penelope peaked in popularity 5 years ago in 2012 on position 125.



Famous with this name

PenÚlope Cruz
Penelope Wilton
Penelope Ann Miller


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Penelope is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Penelope is currently topping the baby name charts in Oregon at position #42 - and is the least popular in Mississippi at position #411.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Penelope is where you live.


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Penelope origin and meaning

Penelope is a 8 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means weaver. To see famous people named Penelope, pop culture references for the name Penelope and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Penelope

We've found the following names that sound similar to Penelope, sorted by popularity.


Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012125
2011169
2010201
2009252
2008356
2007421
2006481
2005571
2004637
2003727
2002717
2001989
20001441
19991544
19981486
19971411
19961687
19951545
19942060
19932207
19922222
19912227
19901973
19892465
19882219
19871735
19862648
19851889
19841879
19831875
19821709
19811600
19801515
19791295
19781222
19771127
19761129
1975838
1974811
1973683
1972676
1971754
1970588
1969524
1968574
1967602
1966677
1965617
1964610
1963559
1962573
1961552
1960557
1959487
1958493
1957462
1956485
1955427
1954385
1953373
1952362
1951335
1950307
1949299
1948277
1947271
1946290
1945304
1944265
1943279
1942271
1941276
1940308
1939329
1938497
1937515
1936701
1935961
19341057
19321102
19311377
19301026
19291131
19281013
19271111
19261183
1925915
19241006
19231014
19221043
19211412
1920963
19191100
19181144
19161224
19151415
19141499

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Oregon42
Alaska53
Washington54
New Hampshire61
Maine66
Utah67
Wyoming73
Idaho78
Virginia83
Oklahoma93
Colorado98
Illinois98
New Mexico98
Minnesota101
Massachusetts102
Kansas103
California111
Michigan111
District of Columbia111
New York114
Missouri116
Texas126
New Jersey131
Ohio132
Arizona132
Pennsylvania133
Maryland139
South Carolina146
Nevada148
Indiana157
Wisconsin158
Florida162
Kentucky165
North Carolina172
Connecticut175
Tennessee178
Nebraska181
Hawaii183
Iowa210
Georgia213
South Dakota217
West Virginia249
Alabama267
Arkansas316
Louisiana321
Mississippi411

Even more about Penelope


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Penelope a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Penelope?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
2012
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Penelope
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 566
Letter count 8
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1914
2012 births +2,495

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