Rinoa Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Lenore:
Short form of Elenore, a variant of Eleanora (light, torch, bright).
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Variation of Lenore. Meaning: Light.
Not sure how accurate this is, but I read that a developer for the Final Fantasy 8 game actually meant to name the Rinoa character Lenore, but the closest they could come in Japanese characters was "Rinoa." (I don't think the Japanese language has the "L" sound...think about why many native Japanese change their "Ls" to "Rs" when speaking English). When the game was brought to the U.S. the translators left it as Rinoa instead of changing it back.
I’ve read it could be a variation of the Irish name Riona meaning queenly or royal.
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In the video game Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa was the female lead and gained sorceress-like powers.