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As already pionted out both spellings have a long history. I chose Elinor for daughter number two born in Nov. We have had no problems at all with spelling and only one mispronunciation. She was called El-ner by a receptionist.
I knew an Ollie and an Elva but the rest are new.
I named my Nov. born daughter Elinor. She is most frequently called Smelly Nelly at present.
Cleveland Kent Evans I agree totally with your point. They could have at least been Katherine, Margaret, Elizabeth and Anne. When writers choose obviously incorrect names for ages or time periods it distracts mr from the plot even. But then I'm picky.
After reading the question I kind of sympathized with the couple. The hurt feelings was always one reason i hate the naming "after" process. Ironically after doing family research I found that my great great grandmothers shared a name with my daughter. All eight of them.
In the book we read that her first name is Carrietta. Carrie is just a nickname.