Gender: Female Origin of Elinor: Spelling variation of Eleanor

Elinor Origin and Meaning

The name Elinor is a girl's name of French origin.

Slimmed down spelling is well-established and makes an old name more modern, for better and worse. Katie Couric spells her Elinor's name this way.

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carocraisin Says:


My younger sister, now 11, is named Elinor Bronwyn. She wears it well and we call her Ellie, Ells Bells, Ellie Bean... it's a lot of fun.

I'm not a fan of Eleanor, but Elinor is beautiful. Timeless, classic, and not too flowery. So perfect. Another beautiful nickname is Nell.

Roxanne Says:


I have a 7 year old Elinor. We named her after Elinor Dashwood. She loves her name and I get compliments all the time on the spelling. 💚

meggyweg Says:


I don't see why not.

roseofjune Says:


I am smitten with Elinor.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I don't like the name Eleanor at all, but i do prefer this spelling. Inkheart influence, I think.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


This name makes me think of 'Sense and Sensibility,' which makes it a winner <3 Elinor Dashwood is probably my literary heroine. And this spelling is so beautiful, and much fresher than Eleanor. Of course, it does mean I probably can't name my kids Elinor and Edward :( Pity...

PineWarrior Says:


I like both the classic 'Eleanor' and 'Elinor' but have always preferred 'Elinor'. Probably because when I was younger and rereading the book 'Inkheart' twenty times a day, the main character's Aunt was named Elinor and had the biggest library in her house!

bearcub27 Says:


Yes, it definitely feels fresher to me than Eleanor. And yet, it's a classic, what with "Sense and Sensibility" and all. Definitely a favorite of mine!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I just don't like that it has so many variations, is all.

flatsie Says:


It's a beautiful, timeless name that, to me, feels much more modern than Eleanor.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Nope. I don't like it at all.