This name was quietly created in Greek mythology as Penelope was the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. Penelope is a time-honored name that has been jumping up the charts, thanks to the enchanting image of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and its choice by many celebrities for their newborn daughters.
And there’s the traditional Penny for a nickname, though we would recommend Nell or Poppy. Like many others, the name’s original meaning is a weaver and is found in biblical scrips. In those sources, it stands for ‘one who is wise’, sprinkling a touch of mystery to this already charming name.
Joyce was a sought-after name in the 1940s, but it saw a slow decline over time, and now it is barely used. Way before that, though, it was surprisingly a boy's name, and the name even has a long history as a surname. Perhaps most notably connected to James Joyce, author of the famous book "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake."
The meaning behind Joyce is joyful and merry, so why not name your little bundle of joy just that? Joyce Van Patten is a well-known actress; Joyce Bulifant is known to us all through her role in television and game shows.
What makes a good name? Is it universal appeal or its enduring popularity that stands the test of time? Well, in both cases, Elizabeth makes a compelling argument. This name comes from Hebrew origins, which means "pledged to God". As a name, Elizabeth has a lot going for it; all-around appeal, a lot of history, and timelessness.
Let's not forget all the nicknames: Lizzie, Eliza, and even Beth. As for famous Elizabeths, the list never ends. The late Queen Elizabeth II has to be first. Then we have Elizabeth Taylor and Elizabeth Gillies, followed by Elizabeth Hurley. We think this kind of made the point.
Finding the right name for your daughter can be quite the journey. There are so many out there, and they're all gold! But not this one; this one is Scarlett. Originally this was an occupational name for those selling luxury dyed wool during medieval times. But now Scarlett Johanson has done more for the name than any fabric ever could.
Young Scarlett Esteves sits comfortably on this list, being one of the busiest children in the industry, and Scarlett Bordeaux, the legendary professional wrestler, is not only a famous Scarlett but also one of the most famous sportswomen in the industry.
While many may assume Eleanor is a variation of Ellen, the name actually emanates from the Provence region of Europe, Aliénor, but that's still debated. Others say it originates from the Germanic name Adenorde, which can be translated to mean "noble north." Big plus: the name Eleanor is quite serious, but it can also have seriously endearing nicknames; Ellie and Nellie or even Nori.
Eleanor Holmes Norton opens our fine and famous list of Eleanors. Mrs.Roosevelt, the American honorable first lady during the 1930s, is for sure another notable Eleanore and Eleanor Tomlinson, one of the most appreciated actresses in the industry.