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Gender: F Origin of Leonora: Italian diminutive of Eleonora or Eleanor, meaning unknown

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.

Famous People Named Leonora

Leonora Carrington, Mexican surrealist artist
HRH Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden, Duchess of Gotland , daugher of Princess Madeleine

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)