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Gender: Female Origin of Leonora: Italian diminutive of Eleonora or Eleanor, meaning unknown Meaning of Eleanor: English variation of French Provencal Alienor, meaning unknown

The name Leonora is a girl's name of English, Italian origin. Leonora and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Its mellifluous sound makes Leonora--which has a rich history and a tie to the popular Leo names-- a keen possibility for revival.

Leonora has the distinction of being three major opera characters, including the heroines of Beethoven's Fidelio and Verdi's Il Trovatore. It was also the name of two characters played by Elizabeth Taylor--in Secret Ceremony and Reflections in a Golden Eye.

Leonora Carrington was a notorious British-born surrealist artist and writer who lived most of her life in Mexico.

Related names include Leonore, Lenora and Lenore, subject of a famous Edgar Allan Poe poem.

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Famous People Named Leonora

Leonora Christina, Countess Ullfeldt, Danish princess and memoirist
Leonora Carrington, Anglo-Mexican surrealist artist
Leonora Evelina Piper, American trance medium
Leonora Stirling Holsapple Armstrong, American-Brazilian Baha'i missionary
Leonora Duarte, Flemish composer
Leonora Lucy Braham, English operatic soprano
Leonora Speyer, Lady Speyer, American poet and violinist
Leonora O'Brien, Irish pharmacist and entrepreneur
Leonora Blanche "Nora" Alleyne, English fairy tale writer and compiler

Pop Culture References for the name Leonora

Leonora, Elizabeth Taylor's character in "Secret Ceremony"
Leonora Penderton, Elizabeth Taylor's character in "Reflections in a Golden Eye"
Leonora Ashburnham, character in Ford Madox Ford's classic novel "The Good Soldier"

Ora, Norah, Leanore, Leanor, Lenore, Nora, Leanora, Lionore, Lenora, Leonore

Leonora's International Variations

Lioria, Lionora, Nelida, Leonita, Norita, Leonara (Spanish)