Italian diminutive of Eleonora or Eleanor, meaning unknown

Leonora Origin and Meaning

The name Leonora is a girl's name of English, Italian origin.

Its mellifluous sound makes Leonora--which has a rich history and a tie to the popular Leo names-- a keen possibility for revival. Though it's been hiding below the Top 1000 since the 1940s, Leonora is being rediscovered by stylish parents in the US and Europe.

Leonora has the distinction of being three major opera characters, including the heroines of Beethoven's Fidelio and Verdi's Il Trovatore. It was also the name of two characters played by Elizabeth Taylor--in Secret Ceremony and Reflections in a Golden Eye.

Leonora Carrington was a notorious British-born surrealist artist and writer who lived most of her life in Mexico.

Related names include Leonore, Lenora and Lenore, subject of a famous Edgar Allan Poe poem.

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Leonora Rank in US Top 1000

# 299 on Nameberry

Leonora Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Leonora Popularity

Famous People Named Leonora

  • Leonora ChristinaCountess Ullfeldt, Danish princess and memoirist
  • Leonora CarringtonAnglo,Mexican surrealist artist
  • Leonora Evelina PiperAmerican trance medium
  • Leonora Stirling Holsapple ArmstrongAmerican,Brazilian Baha'i missionary
  • Leonora DuarteFlemish composer
  • Leonora Lucy BrahamEnglish operatic soprano
  • Leonora SpeyerLady Speyer, American poet and violinist
  • Leonora O'BrienIrish pharmacist and entrepreneur
  • Leonora Blanche "Nora" AlleyneEnglish fairy tale writer and compiler

Leonora in Pop Culture

  • LeonoraElizabeth Taylor's character in "Secret Ceremony"
  • Leonora PendertonElizabeth Taylor's character in "Reflections in a Golden Eye"
  • Leonora Ashburnhamcharacter in Ford Madox Ford's classic novel "The Good Soldier"