Welcome to the newest Kardashian-Disick baby:
Penelope Scotland Disick made her way into the world yesterday morning.
A not entirely surprising choice, Penelope has the same galloping four syllable rhythm and repetition of sounds as Kardashian. Middle name Scotland appears to be a nod to father Scott. It mirrors big brother’s middle name Dash, which was the nickname of Kardashian patriarch Robert (and not for their store, as is commonly assumed).
Why do we care? Well, while little Mason Disick may not have created the original Mason frenzy, he did help shine a magnifying glass on the name and catapulted it to the second most popular name in the country. Will Penelope enjoy a Masonic style rise in popularity?
It’s doubtful. Penelope’s trajectory puts her squarely bound for the top 100, but her quirky P’s and poppy sounds may be a bit eccentric for everyone. That said, four syllables don’t scare people off anymore, and there simply aren’t any other names that sound like Penelope. Tina Fey and the Hanson clan both have star Penelopes, and I imagine we’ll hear of a few more before her reign ends. Is the tide changing toward longer names?
I do wonder if Penelope has another meaning. Famed for her loyalty, Penelope sat weaving an unending tapestry while she waited steadfastly for Odysseus, rejecting every suitor that came her way. Given recent events on their reality show, I’ll bet anything Kourtney knew exactly what she was doing when she chose faithful and fateful Penelope for her first daughter.