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Origin & Meaning

The name Leonor is of Portuguese origin.

The meaning of Leonor is "light".  

It is also of Spanish origin, where its meaning is "foreign, the other".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 4488  in baby name popularity for girls with 32 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Leonor Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Leonor has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Leonor 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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Leonor is a form of the name Eleanor.

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Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.