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First name origin & meaning:

Greek: Bobbin-weaver

First name variations: Lopa, Pela, Pelcia, Pen, Penelopa, Penina, Penine, Pennelope, Penni, Penny, Pinelopi, Piptisa, Popi, Penelope

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Cornish: of uncertain origin; perhaps a habitational name from any of the places named Penare or Penarth, from Cornish pen-arth ‘promontory’, ‘headland’.
  2. Italian (mainly southern): probably a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or peak, or generally in an elevated location, penna (from Latin pinnus ‘pointed’), a common element of place names.
  3. Greek: from the Greek vocabulary word penna ‘quill’, ‘pen’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe (Greek Pennas, with the occupational suffix -as).

Famous people who gave their babies this name: Ian Ziering

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