Eleanor: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Eleanor | Girls
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).
Looking for more name information? Get Name MatchMaker & more Expert name-finding tools!
Sister & Brother Names
Know an Eleanor? What are her siblings named?
Contribute your knowledge to the name Eleanor
- Comments and insights on the name Eleanor: | Edit
The nn "Ella" is very popular in its own right. Could be a real winner.
- Personal experiences with the name Eleanor: | Edit
My grandmother's name was Eleanor. I always associated it with sounding old and boring but now I think it's beautiful. I'd consider naming my daughter Eleanor and calling her Lena. I have a friend named Lenore which I also think sounds pretty. I named my first dog after my grandma and called her Nellie too.
We named our daughter Eleanor. I originally got the name from Lord of the Rings (see Elanor), and thought it was very pretty, plus there are lots of literary and historic figures of that name 9though in many variations). Lots of people comment on the name because it is uncommon without being trendy. I thought we had picked the most common spelling, but sometimes people still spell it differently, but it's not a big deal. I love it.
- Nicknames for Eleanor: | Edit
Ellie, Elle, Ella, Nell, Nellie, Belle, Nora, Norie, Nore, Lana, Lena, Lea, Lennie, Elora, Lenore
- 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 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 Calder, Louis Tomlinson from One Direction's girlfriend
- 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 character in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Jody Foster and child actor were named Ellie in 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'.
Name Lists Featuring Eleanor
Global Popularity of the Name Eleanor
- #49 in England
- #145 in Scotland
- #256 in United States
- #262 in Canada (Alberta)
- #343 in Canada (British Columbia)