Pronounced pen-NELL-a-pee
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About the name Penelope

Penelope is a girl's name of Greek origin. In the Odyssey, Penelope was the faithful and clever wife of Odysseus or Ulysses. The name Penelope may come from weaving terms pene meaning "thread on the bobbin" or penos meaning "web" and ops meaning "face, eye or appearance". This may allude to her trickery involving weaving- When pressured to choose a new husband in Odysseus's absence, she agreed that she would when she had finished weaving her father-in-law's shroud and let herself be seen weaving by day, and then secretly unraveled it by night.

Alternatively the name may be related to the name given to Anas penelope, the Eurasian Wigeon, named for the ducks who saved Penelope from drowning as a child.

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