How Popular is Eleanor?
Hubby and I are seriously considering making Eleanor, nn Nora our #1 choice for a baby girl. So, I started doing some research on it's level of popularity, and I must be honest, I'm fairly alarmed. Eleanor is around the #135-#150, depending on where you check. Nora is even higher, around the #110 mark. I haven't even looked up Nell/Nellie/Ellie yet. My general rule has always been no names from the top 100 list. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? (I tried looking up by state, but could only find info on the top 100 names, so no luck for Eleanor.)
I think that if popularity really concerns you and you don't have any family/emotional ties to the name, you might not want to. For me, Eleanor is a family name and I'm not too concerned about popularity, so I'd be okay with it. If it feels right, use it. If you're really worried about popularity, don't.
Some names below the top 1000:
India (though as I learned, this name causes big fights on Nameberry due to history between England and India)
Eleanor is rising in popularity, but I've yet to met one. According to parentsconnect.com (and I'm not sure how accurate their information is) there were about 2600 Eleanors born in 2012, compared to about 18000 Isabellas (is that still the number one name?)
So while Elanor is in the top 100, it's not nearly as popular as it seems.
Hope that helps!