Hot Baby Name: Penelope!

ByRachel Sylvester
Assistant Editor, The Knot
Published
Feb 2016
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With all of the talk surrounding the birth of Penelope Scotland — the latest addition to the Kardashian-Disick clan — we couldn’t help but be intrigued by the newborn’s unusual name. Let’s face it: it isn’t too often you encounter a Penelope, let alone a Scotland (which we can only assume is after her father, Scott Disick). In fact, the first name seems to be one that you find almost exclusively in fairy-tales and SNL characters. Either way, we can’t get enough of the quirky moniker!

What it means: The Greek name was first seen in Homer’s The Odyssey and stands for loyalty. It also means “with a web over her face”. How mysterious!

How (un)common is it?: The name ranks unsurprisingly low on the Social Security Administration’s Top Baby Names List. In fact, Penelope came in 169th in 2011 followed by Jenna and Ashlyn.

Well-known Penelopes: Aside from the most obvious Penelope — Cruz, that is — the name is hard to find! There’s the movie Penelope, where Christina Ricci plays a really cute girl with a pig nose, and there’s a Simpsons character named Princess Penelope. Another one of our favorite Penelopes is also a fictional character: a desperate-to-impress mouthy thirty-something played by Kristen Wiig on SNL. So it’s kind of nice to welcome a new, real-life Penelope into the world.

What do you think of the name Penelope? Do you prefer uncommon baby names or common ones?

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