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Gender: Female Origin of Eleanor: English variation of French Provencal Alienor, meaning unknown Eleanor's Popularity in 2017: #35

The name Eleanor is a girl's name of English origin. Eleanor is ranked #35 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again. 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.

While some think Eleanor is a variation of Helen via Ellen, it actually derives from the Provencal for "other Aenor," used to distinguish the original Eleanor, who was named after her mother Aenor.

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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Famous People Named Eleanor

(Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the US as wife of Franklin Roosevelt
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen consort of Louis VII of France, then Henry II of England
Eleanor of Castile, Queen consort of Edward I of England
Eleanor of Provence, Queen consort of Henry III of England
Eleanor of England, Queen consort of Alfonso VIII of Castile; daughter of Henry II
Eleanor of Castile, Queen consort of James I of Aragon
Eleanor of Castile, Queen consort of Alfonso IV of Aragon
Eleanor of Castile, Queen consort of Charles III of Navarre
Eleanor of Sicily, Queen consort of Peter IV of Aragon
Eleanor of Viseu, Queen consort of John II of Portugal
Eleanor of Austria, Queen consort of Manuel I of Portugal, then Francis I of France
Eleanor Jean Parker, American actress
Eleanor Marie Robertson, birth name of Nora Roberts, American novelist
Ella Augusta "Eleanor" Norcross, American painter
Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Greenwich, American songwriter
Eleanor Suzanne "Ellie" Daniel, American Olympic swimmer
Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter, American novelist
Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Congressional delegate from D.C.
Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson, American author
Eleanor Nancy Gow, birth name of Elle Macpherson, Australian supermodel
Eleanor K. Baum, American pioneering electrical engineer
Eleanor "Elle" Logan, American Olympic rower
Eleanor Audley, American actress
Eleanor May Tomlinson, English actress
Eleanor Jessie Coppola, American film director
Eleanor Key Francis "Glo" Helin, American astronomer
Eleanor Winifred Worthington-Cox, English actress
Eleanor Randolph Wilson McAdoo, daughter of US President Woodrow Wilson
(Jenny Julia) Eleanor Marx, daughter of philosopher Karl Marx
Eleanor Calder, former girlfriend of singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction
Eleanor Stills, daughter of musician Stephen Stills
Eleanor Rose "Ella" Edmondson, English singer; daughter of actress Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson
Eleanor Patricia Columbus (b. 1989), daughter of director Chris Columbus
Eleanor Jasmine Lambert (b. 1993), daughter of actors Christopher Lambert and Diane Lane
Eleanor Grace Dennis (b. 2008), daughter of actor and TV presenter Les Dennis
Eleanor "Ellie" Kennedy (b. 2015), daughter of politician Joseph P. Kennedy III

Pop Culture References for the name Eleanor

Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, character on TV's "NCIS"
Eleanor "Elle" Bishop, character on TV's "Heroes"
Eleanor "Nell" Potter, character on TV's "Smallville"
Eleanor "Nell" Crain Vance/Lance, character in "The Haunting of Hill House"
Eleanor Arroway, character in Carl Sagan's "Contact"
Eleanor "Ellie" Nash, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Eleanor "Norrie" Calvert-Hill, character on TV's "Under the Dome"
Eleanor, character in video game "Rule of Rose"
Eleanor Lamb, character in video game "Bioshock 2"
Eleanor Douglas, character in "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
"Eleanor Put Your Boots On," song by Franz Ferdinand
"Eleanor Rigby," song by The Beatles
Eleanor Waldorf, character on "Gossip Girl"
Eleanor Henstridge, character on TV's "The Royals"
Eleanor Shellstrop, character on TV's "The Good Place"