Elinor Name Meaning & Origin

Elinor

Pronunciation: EH-li-nohr (key)

Origin of the name Elinor:

Derived from Alienor, a Provençal form of the Greek Helenē, which is from the root ēlē (light, torch, bright). Var: Eleanor, Elenora, Elianora, Elinore. Short: Elli, Nora.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Elinor and Lorine are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

This spelling is much less popular than "Eleanor." The social security name list for 2016 ranks "Eleanor" as #41 in popularity while "Elinor" didn't even make the top 1000!

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My name is Elinor and I am extremely cool.

My middle daughter, born 1993, is named Elinor after my paternal grandmother, born 1900. There must be something to the name as my grandmother was known for her strong and independent personality, as is my daughter. Recalcitrant comes to mind, and is a word I have been told was often used by my great grandmother to describe her daughter, my grandmother.

My husband's grandmother is named Elinor. She was born in 1924. My husband and I decided to name our daughter Elinor after her great grandmother. We call her Ella. I love my daughter's classic name.

elinor is my most favorite name. i wanted to name my eldest (born 1991) elinor, but her dad said we should name her after my mother, who is catherine. elinor was my paternal grandmother (born 1900). she was the most colorful and beautiful woman, full of life and very creative. she was the perfect grandmother. my second daughter (born 1993) is elinor and she is truly beautiful, strong and independent, creative and full of life. my grandmother was called elie as a young girl and el as an adult. i call my daughter mostly by her given name, but her dad calls her el. she likes to be called nora.

Nicknames for Elinor: | Edit

Elle, Ellie, Elly, Ella, Nora, elie, el, Nor

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Famous real-life people named Elinor: | Edit

Elinor Ostrom, American political scientist & the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Economics (2009)
Elinor "Ellie" Monahan, daughter of American journalist Katie Couric
Elinor Blake, birth name of the American singer April March.
Elinor Donahue, American television actress (Father Knows Best.)
Elinor Smith, pioneering American aviatrix.
Elinor Glyn, British romance novelist and silent screen scriptwriter.
Elinor Wylie, American poet and novelist.

Elinor in song, story & screen: | Edit

Elinor Dashwood, a character in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"
Chareles Dickens' "Little Nell" from "The old curiosity shop". Her real name is Elinor
Song "Elenore" by the Turtles, (featured in Richard Curtis' movie "The boat that rocked.")

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