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Quick Facts on Penny

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 993
Simple meaning:
Unwoven cloth (Penelope); or a small unit of currency

Characteristics of Penny

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Penny

Penny is an English pet form of Penelope. Penelope, in turn, is a Greek name (Πηνελοπη), most likely derived from “pēnē” meaning “weft” (a piece of woven cloth) combined with “lepō” meaning “peel” – in other words, unweave a piece of woven cloth. This etymology makes perfect sense if you’re familiar with Penelope’s story in Greek Mythology (see Penelope’s name page for more detail). The character of Penelope in Greek Mythology is also synonymous with being a patient and faithful wife. The name Penelope first appeared in England in the 16th century, and the diminutive “Penny” followed soon after. Aside from Penny’s connection to Penelope, it’s also a vocabulary word for a unit of English currency (often referred to as “pence”). From this financial perspective, the word “penny” actually dates back to 8th century Olde English and was variably called a “pening, penig, penning” derived from the Old High German “pfenning” (of unknown meaning). The coin was abbreviated as “d.” in reference to the Latin “denarius” which was a Roman coin first minted in the 3rd century B.C. (derived from “dēnī” meaning “containing 10” indicating its original value being equivalent to 10 assess). In medieval England, the penny’s value was 1/12th of a shilling and it took twenty shillings to make a pound (240 pence). The penny was further divided into a “halfpence” and again into a “farthing” (1/4th of a penny). So the penny wasn’t always the smallest unit of currency. And in the Middle Ages, a penny went a lot further than it does today! As an independently given female name, Penny was quite popular in the middle of the 20th century; however, today the name has fallen from fashion (although it’s still used in England with mild frequency).

Popularity of the Name Penny

As a given name in her own right, Penny first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1923, although she wouldn’t adhere to the Top 1000 list until 1934. Penny is one of those names that became quite fashionable very quickly. By 1943, Penny was a Top 200 favorite nationwide, and squeaked into the Top 100 for four consecutive years between 1962 and 1965. Then Penny reversed her course on the American naming charts – she descended about as fast as she had once climbed. The last year Penny would claim Top 1000 status in the United States was 1987; although she’s lurking close in the shadows. Penny is a sweet, old-fashioned name. You can always name your daughter Penelope and call her “Penny” for short.
Popularity of the Girl Name Penny
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Penny

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Penny

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Penny

    Penny We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Penny.

  • Popular Songs on Penny

    Popular Songs on Penny

    A Bad Penny - a song by Cat Stevens

    Bittersweet Penny - a song by Eldritch

    Druscilla Penny - a song by Carpenters

    Losing Penny - a song by The Huntingtons

    Oh Penny - a song by Hey Mercedes

    Penny - a song by Night Ranger

    Penny & Jenny - a song by Souls

    Penny (Perfect for You) - a song by Plain White T's

    Penny and Me - a song by Hanson

    Penny for Your Thoughts - a song by Willie Nelson

    Penny Lane - a song by The Beatles

    Penny Lover - a song by Lionel Richie

    Penny on the Train Tracks - a song by Ben Kweller

    Penny Serenade - a song by Guy Lombardo

    Penny was a Tomboy - a song by The King of Luxembourg

    Pretty Penny - a song by Stone Temple Pilots

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Penny

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Penny

    Benny and Penny in Just Pretend (Geoffrey Hayes) - How can Benny pretend to be a brave pirate when his pesky little sister, Penny, wants to tag along and is always asking for a hug? He tries to lose her, but when he does, he starts to feel a little lost himself. Penny proves her bravery and saves Benny from a bug. They hug as Benny explains he was only pretending she bugged him. Veteran children’s book author and illustrator Geoffrey Hayes returns to his childhood love of comics, bringing unforgettable characters to life. With rare warmth and humor, he insightfully catches the essence of the bonds and tensions that unite siblings. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Henny Penny (Paul Galdone) - Convinced the sky is falling, Henny Penny and a band of gullible friends march off to tell the king, only to meet their end at the hands of a wily fox. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Measuring Penny (Loreen Leedy) - Lisa has an important homework assignment--to measure something in several different ways. She has to use standard units like inches and nonstandard units like paper clips to find out height, width, length, weight, volume, temperature, and time. Lisa decides to measure her dog, Penny, and finds out ... Penny's nose = 1 inch long…Penny's tail = 1 dog biscuit long… Penny's paw print = 3 centimeters wide ... and that's only the beginning! Lisa learns a lot about her dog and about measuring, and even has fun doing it. This clear and engaging concept book, delivered with a sense of humor, is certain to win over the most reluctant mathematician. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Messy Penny (Roopa Weber) - Penny wakes up with excitement only to be disappointed when she does not look beautiful--her hair is a mess, her feathers are all rumpled, and her face is missing that special glow. When Penny focuses on the happiness in her heart, not even her messiness can stop her from feeling beautiful. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Penny and Her Doll (Kevin Henkes) - When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll's name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn't know. What do you think will happen? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Penny and Her Marble (Kevin Henkes) - In the third easy-to-read book about Penny the mouse, written by Caldecott Medalist and bestselling author Kevin Henkes, Penny finds a beautiful marble on her neighbor's lawn and must decide whether or not to keep it. With age-appropriate vocabulary, compelling characters, and a memorable storyline, this is just right for newly independent readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Penny and Her Song (Kevin Henkes) - Penny loves her song. It's a good song, a really wonderful song. Will it ever be the right time to sing it? Includes original music so you can sing along with Penny! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Penny and Peter (Carolyn Haywood) - From Carolyn Haywood, author of the beloved Betsy series, here are four more classics for young readers. These adorable stories of childhood adventures are as fresh today as when they were written more than a half century ago. And now, thanks to dynamic new covers, they're ready to charm a whole new generation of readers. When Penny's parents decide to adopt Peter, the two new brothers decide to do everything they can to help their parents. From painting the bedroom blue, to going fishing or getting a sweet surprise, the boys get into twice as much trouble--but they also have twice the fun! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Penny Loves Pink (Cori Doerrfeld) - My name is Penny, And I love PINK! Meet Penny, the world's number-one pink fan. She loves her pink sunglasses, her pink tea set, her pink stuffed animals, and even her pink potty! But as Penny discovers, there is something she just might love even more than the color pink . . . This is the perfect my-first-pink book for every little girl's library. After all, you can never ever have enough pink! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Penny Penguin (Matt Mitter) - From Mama Penguin's very first taps on her baby's eggshell to the proud “SNAP-SNAP” noises the chick makes as he learns to swim, kids can join the fun by using the book's ratchet-action chipboard jaws to make the same snapping sounds the baby penguin does. Young readers will love watching Penny Penguin and her adorable baby go through his first days as he makes friends with the other penguins, learns to swim, and more. And just as the baby penguin “snaps” with joy as he learns new things, kids can “snap” along with Penny Penguin. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Penny the Pony Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Jack Frost has stolen the Pet Fairies' magical pets! Can Rachel and Kirsty help find them? Or will the pets be lost forever? The Pet Fairies have one of the most important jobs in Fairyland! They work with their special pets to make sure that all animals find safe homes. But now Jack Frost has stolen the magical pets! Could they be lost forever? Hold your horses! Penny the Pony Fairy has lost her pony, Glitter. Can the girls bring Glitter safely back to Fairyland? Find the final magical pet in this book and help keep all the animals safe! Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Penny

    Famous People Named Penny

    Famous People Named Penny - Carole "Penny" Marshall (actress/director); Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Penny

    Children of Famous People Named Penny

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Penny - Donna Reed (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Penny - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Penny - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Penny.

Personality of the Girl Name Penny

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Penny

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