Gender: Female Meaning of Hannelore: "grace; God is my light" Origin of Hannelore: German

Hannelore Origin and Meaning

The name Hannelore is a girl's name of German origin meaning "grace; God is my light".

A German name that combines elements of Hannah and Eleanor but is less than the sum of its parts.

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autumnreverie Says:


This name's meaning is wrong. The Hanne comes from Johanna. Eleanor doesn't mean "light."

sablemae98 Says:


Why is Hannelore "less than the sum of its parts" but Elizabella may get a boost? Hannah isn't even one of the names used for the smoosh - It's Johanna, the feminine form of Iohannes, or John, originally from Yahweh. Hannah comes from the Hebrew Channah. Eleanor is a German name, from the Old German Aenor.

KJGlitter Says:


Goodness, then they should post a comment here, where the opinions are supposed to go, and give us actual information on the name where their own site says it should go! I really like nameberry, but the attitude on some of the name descriptions around here are just unprofessional and bad.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I tried to tell them this and one of the creators just said "These are our opinons if you don't like go to a different website" so good luck. This name is really pretty though.

danirose01 Says:


I agree that the description is not quite spot-on. It's a beautiful name, and I would definitely use it with nn Halle.

Hannelore Says:


I was named after my German Grandmother who went by "Honey." She passed before I was born so I'd have to ask my dad if they Americanized her pronunciation, but my parents Americanized mine to Hannah-Laura. I go by Hanne which confuses everyone when I spell it for them or give my full name. Most people assume Hannah-lor or Hanne-Lorey unless they are German.

autumnreverie Says:


That is not the name's meaning and this site's "info" on the name is ridiculous in their opinion on the name. They ought to leave their opinion to themselves sometimes.

Hylian Wizard Says:


It's a pretty name, sounds like a heroine and/or a princess.

SimoneKadele Says:


I know of one, and it has been Anglicized to Hannah-LORE-ee. But the authentic pronunciation is like what alexandramae said.

AriellaBar Says:


Perfect namesake for all the Hannahs, Annes, and Lauras in the family tree. And so beautiful.

alexandramae Says:


It's not an easy name pronounce if you're not familiar with German or other similar languages. It's kind of like...Hah-nuh-lawrrr-eh.

georgiaO Says:


I agree. Why doesn't it say how to pronounce it? I'm kinda confused about that.

But a nice name anyway. I think you pronounce it like this: Hanna-lor, or Hahna-lor, or even Hanna-lora.

LowSlash Says:


I respectfully disagree with Nameberry's assessment (and wish that they would provide some actual information about the name instead of simply stating opinions). Hannelore is lovely and unexpected, and has many nickname options, including the sublimely nerdy Han.

Yara Says:


I think that this name is gorgeous and a great alternative to Hannah, which is becoming way too common. Sometimes I think Nameberry should keep their opinion to themselves.

birchwood29 Says:


I think this name is really pretty, but I am a little put off by the name info supplied by Nameberry. I don't know, saying the name is "less than the sum of its parts" is just kind of off-putting for those who may like the name and be searching for more information about it.

Zuzana Says:


This is gorgeous, soft and glam Hannelore

Renee Says:


I'm still a teenager at the moment but if I have a little girl one day her middle name will be Hannelore, as it's my grandmas middle name and I think it's beautiful.