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Origin & Meaning

The name Eleanor is of French and English origin.

The meaning of Eleanor is "light".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 78  in baby name popularity for girls with 3704 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Eleanor Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Eleanor has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Eleanor to other names.


The name Eleanor is derived from the French form of the Provencal name Alienor. One of the most famous and first users of the name was Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century). She was named Aenor after her mother, and was called by the Provençal phrase alia Aenor "the other Aenor" in order to distinguish her from her mother.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (Aliénor d’Aquitaine, 1122 - 1204) inherited her father's domain when she succeeded him as suo jure Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Poitiers at the age of fifteen. She was Queen to two kings, King Louis VII of France and King Henry II of  England, and the mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John.

Unusual for the time she actively participated in affairs of state during the reigns of both of her husbands and her two sons which became Kings. She even accompanied her husband King Louis VII on the Second Crusade (1147 - 1149).

By virtue of her own wealth and her marriages to both King Louis VII of France and King Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Related Names

Variants of the name Eleanor include Elenora, Eleonor, Elinor, Ellenor.

The names Eleanora, Eleanore, Leonor are all forms of Eleanor.

Eleanor has the diminutives (nicknames) Elea, Ellee, Elli, Ellie, Elly, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly.

Other Tidbits

Eleanor falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor Powell.

Name Fun

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Names Like This

French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.