Gender: Female Origin of Eleanor: English variation of French Provencal Alienor, meaning unknown Eleanor's Popularity in 2018: #32

Eleanor Origin and Meaning

The name Eleanor is a girl's name of English origin.

While some think Eleanor is a variation of Helen via Ellen, it actually derives from the Provencal phrase alia Aenor, meaning "other Aenor," used to distinguish the original Eleanor, who was named after her mother Aenor. Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century. Other spellings include Elinor and Eleanore.

Eleanor's straightforward feminine image combined with its royal medieval origins is striking just the right note for parents in search of a girls' name that combines substance and style.

Big plus: Eleanor is a serious name, with two nicknames—Ellie and Nell/Nellie—that are seriously endearing. Nell is more distinctive, but Ellie is undeniably one today's cutest names for baby girls.

Diane Lane has an Eleanor, and Katie Couric has an Elinor, using the variant spelling. (Jane Austen used both versions—Eleanor in Northanger Abbey and Elinor in Sense and Sensibility.)

A notable namesake is First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Two other English queens bore the name: the wives of Henry III and Edward I. Currently, Eleanor Shellstrop is the protagonist of television show The Good Place.

Eleanora and Leonora are pretty, more feminine variations. Ellen and Lenore are shorter forms.

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Rank in US: #32

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Pop Culture References for the name Eleanor

Nora, Elena, Ellen, Helena, Elaine, Lina, Lena, Eileen, Norah, Ellie, Helen, Elle, Ella, Aleonore, Heleonor, Helenora,

Eleanor's International Variations

Eileanóra (Irish) Élénora, Elinor, Eleanore, Elinore, Eléonore (French) Eilonóra, Ealanor (Gaelic) Eleonore (German) Eleonora (Italian) Eleonora (Swedish)


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