Hot Baby Name: Penelope!
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.
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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