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Gender: Female Origin of Elinor: Spelling variation of Eleanor

The name Elinor is a girl's name of French origin. Elinor and is often added to lists like Jane Austen Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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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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Famous People Named Elinor

Mary Eleanor "Elinor" Donahue, American actress
Elinor Morton Wylie, American poet and novelist
Elinor Regina Patricia Smith, American aviator
Elinor Claire "Lin" Ostrom, American economist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Elinor Sutherland Glyn, British novelist
Elinor Caplan, Canadian MP
Elinor Jane Barker, Welsh cyclist
Elinor Lipman, American novelist
Gladys Eleanor May "Elinor" Brent-Dyer, English novelist
Elinor Tully "Ellie" Couric, daughter of newscaster Katie Couric
Elinor Fair, American silent film actress who previously went by Eleanor Crowe and Lenore Fair

Pop Culture References for the name Elinor

Elinor Dashwood, character in "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Elinor, Merida's mother in Pixar's "Brave"
Elinor, characterin "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke
Elinor Joddrel, character in "The Wanderer" by Fanny Burney
Elinor, character in Ally Condie's "Atlantia"
Elinor Carlisle, character in Dame Agatha Christie's "Sad Cypress"