Eleanor Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: EH-lə-nohr (key)

Origin of the name Eleanor:

Derived from Alienor, a Provençal form of the Greek Helenē, which is derived from the element ēlē (light, torch, bright).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Eleanor: | Edit

My second daughter is named Eleanor and I think it's a beautiful name that really suits her beautiful personality. Strong and intelligent but also really sweet!

Personally I think Eleanore ending with an 'E' is a much prettier and more feminine spelling.

^I actually like Eleanor better, the 'nore' ending makes me think of 'snoring'.

I want to name my daughter Ellinor.

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I personally love being named Eleanor. Of coarse, I always liked other names as a kid (Lilly was my favorite,) but I never disliked my own name. To me, Eleanor sounds elegant, smart, strong, sophisticate, etc. I am so glad I am named Eleanor, and it is my favorite name now. My only regret is that Eleanor seems to be perceived to be an older name, where as my mother's name, Rachel, seemed to most people like a younger name, so I was constantly being called Rachel. Also, I often hear people start to sing 'Eleanor Rigby' or 'Elenore' by The Turtles when I pass by or walk towards someone, but I've grown to like it. As for nicknames, my mom never liked them much, so they usually didn't stick. To be honest, I don't like many of the nicknames either. I'm not fond of the name 'Ellie,' though I suppose 'Ella' is alright. The nickname I got stuck the longest with was the name 'Shmeleanor,' by a friend who decided to combine our names and address me as that every time she saw me. Not an ill-intended name, but it sounded a lot like 'smell-eanor.' I also had a best friend named 'Lenore,' so we pretty much confused everyone we met, much to our amusement.

I like Nori for a nickname for Eleanor.

My 2 year old niece is named Eleanor but is called Nelly. I actually forget that her name is Eleanor sometimes but she is a delightful little girl, smart, hilarious, and creative.

Nicknames for Eleanor: | Edit

Ellie, Elle, Ella, Ezzie, Nell, Nellie, Belle, Nora, Norie, Nore, Lana, Lena, Lea, Lennie, Elora, Lenore, Els, Elz, Elsie, Lori, Lora

Meanings and history of the name Eleanor: | Edit

An alternate theory for Eleanor's origin and meaning appears on the wikipedia article for Eleanor's first notable bearer, Eleanor of Aquitaine:

"Eleanor or Aliénor was the oldest of three children of William X, Duke of Aquitaine, and his duchess Aenor de Châtellerault. ... Eleanor was named for her mother Aenor and called Aliénor, from the Latin alia Aenor, which means the other Aenor. It became Eléanor in the langues d'oïl and Eleanor in English."

Aenor is a Provençal name of unknown meaning, but someone on behindthename postulated that it comes from lenire, "to heal", and adoucir, "to soften."

Famous real-life people named Eleanor: | Edit

Eleanor Calder - Now ex girlfriend of Louis Tomlinson
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945
Eleanor Parker, American actress
Eleanor "Nora" Robertson, American novelist
Eleanor Porter, American novelist
Eleanor Holmes Norton, American politician
Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson, American author
Eleanor Smith, First Lady of Tean in the House of Frasier
Eleanor Tomlinson, English actress

Eleanor in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Eleanor", song by the Low Millions
"Elenore", song by the Turtles.
"Eleanor Rigby", a song by the Beatles
Elinor Dashwood, a strong, patient, principled, beloved character in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Eleanor Tilney, a charming, intelligent, loving character in Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Jody Foster and child actor were named Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway in the movie Contact
"Eleanor," song by Jet
Eleanor "Ellie" Nash, a character on the TV show Degrassi
Eleanor Branstone, a Hufflepuff student in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Eleanor Waldorf-Rose, recurring character (and mother of lead, Blair) on "Gossip Girl".
Lady Eleanor and her daughter "Ella" (full name also Eleanor), characters in the book Ella Enchanted
Elinor Loredan is Meggie's great aunt in the 'Inkheart' trilogy by Cornelia Funke.
Eleanor (Ellie) is the teenaged main character in Meg Cabot's book 'Avalon High'.
Eleanor "Ellie" Emily Bartlet Faison, M.D. is a fictional character played by Nina Siemaszko on the television serial drama The West Wing.
Queen Elinor from "Brave"
My book club just read "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell. It was a teenage love story set in the 1980s.
Elanor Gamgee, daughter of Samwise Gamgee in 'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkien

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