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Origin: South Africa
Region Origin: Southern Africa

Penelope is a feminine name of Greek origin, meaning "weaver" and "duck". The name can be traced back to Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey," where Penelope is the wife of the hero Odysseus and the queen of Ithaca. In the story, Penelope is known for her faithfulness to her husband and her craftiness in dealing with suitors while Odysseus is away fighting in the Trojan War. The name Penelope has gained popularity in recent years and is among the most popular names for girls in various countries, including Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States.

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