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Eleanor Meaning


What does Eleanor mean?

The name Eleanor is of English origin.

The meaning of Eleanor is "light".

Eleanor is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 7 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced E-le-nor.

The Given Name Eleanor

The name Eleanor is derived from the French form of the Provencal name Alienor.

One of the most famous was Eleanor of Aquitaine (Alienor d'Aquitaine, 1122 - 1204). She was named Aenor after her mother, and was called by the Provencal phrase alia Aenor "the other Aenor" in order to distinguish her from her mother.

Eleanor of Aquitaine inherited her father's domain, 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 who became kings. She even accompanied her husband King Louis VII on the Second Crusade (1147 - 1149).

By virtue of her own wealth and her two marriages, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.

Eleanor falls into the classic name category.

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

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Eleanor Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 32 in baby name popularity for girls with 5,694 occurrences. It ranked 12,616 in baby name popularity for boys with 5 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 35 in baby name popularity for girls with 5,537 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

The trend's your friend. See how Eleanor has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Eleanor Name Popularity Page.

Eleanor Related Names

Eleanor is a form of Helen.

Variants of the name Eleanor include Elainia, Elana, Elani, Elania, Elayna, Elayne, Eleanora, Eleanore, Elenor, Elenora, Elinor, Elinore, Ellena, Ellenor, Ellenore, Ellia.

The names Eleadora, Eleena, Eleonoora, Eleonor, Eleonora, Eleonore, Eliana, Elianna, Elienor, Elliana, Ellinor, Leonor are all forms of Eleanor.

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

Famous Eleanors

  • Eleanor Roosevelt ~ U. S. First Lady (1933-1945)
  • Eleanor Tilney ~ Northanger Abbey character

Eleanor Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Eleanor.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Eleanor Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Eleanor in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Eleanor.

Just for fun, see the name Eleanor in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Eleanor in Nautical Flags page.