Comedian Tina Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, welcomed a little girl on Saturday, and there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the baby’s name – Penelope Athena.
Want to know the meaning behind the names?
Penelope – Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, who faithfully waited for him to return to her for twenty years. She avoided remarriage by claiming she would not remarry until she had completed her father-in-law’s funeral shroud; every night, she unraveled part of the shroud to give Odysseus more time to come home.
Athena – Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, civilization and war. She was also the daughter of Zeus, king of the Gods. The Greek city of Athens is named after her.
Little Penny joins big sister Alice Zenobia, 5. Fey, who is best known for her hit television show “30 Rock,” and her stint on “Saturday Night Live,” discussed her decision to have a second child in her 2011 memoir, “Bossypants.” The 41-year-old comedian said she felt guilty that Alice was growing up without siblings, but worried that she wouldn’t be able to juggle her work with the demands of a new baby.
So it came as something of a surprise when she revealed her pregnancy in April. She said at the time, “my husband and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having 30 Rock end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family.”
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