Cleopatra

Cleopatra is most famously connected to the last queen of Egypt, the lover of Mark Antony who killed herself rather than surrendering to Octavian’s forces. There were actually several princesses with that name, which is why she’s Cleopatra VII, as well as also being the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, including the daughter of the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas, who was also the sister of Chione, goddess of the snow. Shakespeare wrote a play based on Cleopatra and Mark Antony called Antony and Cleopatra (1607)

The name means “glory of the father” or “father’s glory” from Greek kleos (glory, fame) derived from Proto-Indo-European ḱlew- (to hear); and pater (father) which also derives from a PIE source.

Nicknames: Cleo

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Kleopatra (Ancient Greek)
  • Kleópatra (Icelandic)
  • Cléopâtre (French)
Masculine forms:
  • Kleopatros (Ancient Greek)
  • Cleopatros (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Cleopas (Latinized Greek)
  • Kleopas (Greek)

 

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