I love my name, [name]Penelope[/name], more so as an adult. I have always been [name]Penny[/name] (until grade five when I changed the spelling to [name]Penni[/name] - it was 1985, the year of the i). [name]Penni[/name] has stuck and I sometimes wish I’d changed it back before my name became a part of my professional identity but oh well. I did try and change my name to [name]Laura[/name] in grade three, but I think that was more pro-[name]Laura[/name] than anti-[name]Penelope[/name].
I get [name]Pen[/name] and [name]Nell[/name] too.
My name has great literary roots which fascinated me as a kid.
I have never been teased nastily, but I got songs sung to me ([name]Penny[/name] [name]Lane[/name], Pennies from [name]Heaven[/name]) mostly by daggy old teachers, and my year 7 English teacher convinced the whole class that there was such thing as a pen-e-lope - a five legged antelope. But it was always good-natured. I’ve always known at least one other [name]Penelope[/name] or [name]Penny[/name], but it’s not especially common.