I love the name Eleanor and was very set on Eleanor nn Ella as my favorite name until Ella and Ellie became so popular! I still love Eleanor. I think I like that spelling better than Elinor, I always feel like I should pronounce it differently because it looks different from what I think the "right" spelling is. As someone else said, I think it is just because that is how I see it more often. Eleanor on its own I think is really lovely, but as a nn I like Nell or Nellie a lot!