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Another version of this name is Elanor. This can be taken as a form of Eleanor, or by its Quenya meaning, 'sun-star'. In JRR Tolkien's novel 'The Lord of the Rings' Elanor is the name of both a golden five-pointed flower that grows in the woods of Lothlorien and of Samwise and Rose Gamgee's eldest daughter due to her blonde hair.
reservoirdoll1987  6/1/2005
Elanor (el: star, and anor: sun) comes from Quenya, but that's just in Tolkien's books.
gaelruadh19  7/11/2005
Eleanor is the name of the woman from The Beatles' song "Eleanor Rigby".
gin_rummy  6/22/2005
The most recent usage in the Hollywood world that I can think of is in the film "Gone In 60 Seconds". Nicholas Cage's character Randel Reynes calls 50 cars he has to steal in one night by ladies names. ELEANOR is the codename for a Shelby Mustang GT 500 which is by far one of the most beautiful and elegant cars ever created.
guyisdabomb  7/13/2005
Eleanor of Aquitaine was named such after her mother, Aenor. Her name breaks down as "alia-aenor," literally "the other Aenor."
Jenna R  9/18/2005
Eleanor of Aquitaine's name (in the form Alienor) comes from the compound of her mother's name Aenor and the Latin(?) prefix 'alia' meaning 'other'. Essentially her name meant 'the other Aenor'.
Elea  10/7/2005
Another theory on the origin of the name, in the context of Eleanor of Aquitaine, is that her name came from a corruption of the Old French ALIA - AENOR, meaning 'the daughter of Aenor'. [noted -ed]
eleanordavies  12/10/2005
Ellenor Frutt was a character on the T.V. show "The Practice." She was played by Camryn Manheim. On a side note, I prefer the spelling "Ellenor" to "Eleanor."
breakofday  12/30/2005
Eleanor is a lovely name, it is so pretty.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2006
I read that Eleanor comes from Greek origin and means "shining light."
sarahj  2/4/2006
This name was borne by American silent movie actress Eleanor Boardman (1898-1991), who was Mrs. King Vidor. Her husband directed her in her most famous film, "The Crowd" (1928).
alberto  2/11/2006
This is a pretty name but it's spelt wrong. It says Elly-a-nore. Yuck!
― Anonymous User  2/26/2006
A famous bearer is First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
CoBy  4/30/2006
On Degrassi the Next Generation there is a character named Eleanor Nash. She is also called Ellie.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2006
In Gail Carson Levine's 'Ella Enchanted' the first name of Ella is actually Eleanor, and her father calls her that sometimes. It was also the name of her mother.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2006
Eleanor is one of my favorite names. It's one of those names that sounds good on little girls and adults.
Alphlyka  10/21/2006
One of my favourites, after Flora.
nothingshortoftragic  12/12/2006
It's my name and I like it. I'm the only Eleanor I know who gets called Nor. But Ellie's my favourite.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2006
There is also Elinor Dashwood from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
KrisMichelle  1/17/2007
At the moment Eleanor is my favourite girl's name. I think Ellie is a cute shortened form of Eleanor, especially with Mai as the middle name.
FirChlis  1/29/2007
No offense but I just don't like the sound of this name.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2007
Eleanor Tilney is the sister of hero Henry Tilney in authoress Jane Austen's novel 'Northanger Abbey'(1817). Eleanor Tilney is presented as an idealized young woman, sweet and the best friend heroine Catherine Morland can ever have.
LadyBug18  3/9/2007
This name has many strong associations, as well as good nickname possibilites, for those who are so inclined. Probably my second favorite female name at the moment.
celestial  4/5/2007
Unique name. Not very many people I know bear it. I like the nickname Ellie better than Nor, though.
CharlieRob  5/9/2007
It works great for someone of any age. She could be called Elly or Elle when she's younger and then be called Eleanor when she's older.
xKatiex  6/3/2007
I thought the name Eleanor came from the name Helen, which means 'bright light' or 'shining one'?
-_Elena_-  8/22/2007
I like Elinor much more than this spelling.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2007
I think this name sounds a bit old and too serious, but still has some kind of charm to it. I prefer the spelling Elynor or Elinor, though. They seem prettier to me.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2007
This is one of my favourite names at the moment. The full "Eleanor" is a good, serious name for a woman to have, yet it can be shortened to Ellie, Ella etc. Probably my second favourite name right now.
k1wibaby  11/21/2007
I think that Eleanor is a nice classic name with very cute nicknames like Lenore and Nellie. I give this name a well-deserved 9 stars!
mhavril39  11/26/2007
I personally love the name Eleanor, it is so distinguished. I like this spelling more, it looks stronger to me. There are so many nicknames that can be taken from this nickname, so you have diverse options. One of my friend's name is Eleanor and she really likes it. It is a roughly unique name and I hope it stays that way.
livieluvbug  11/30/2007
For me, personally, the impression this name gives me is one of a girl who is joyful and optimistic all the time.
seraphine_eternal  2/5/2008
Elinor, Alanor, means god's light in Hebrew and Arabic, or possibly 'god is my light'.
eli- of god, noor/nur/nor - light/lamp
AnnoLuce  2/27/2008
I really like this name. It's very classic, yet sweet and light and very fresh sounding. In my opinion it's far better sounding than "Ellen" (for short).
tu_es_faux  3/8/2008
This is my name. Athough I usually go by Ellie, when people first meet me, they sometimes address me as Eleanor. However, some people will pronounce it as though it were spelled Eleaner, which I think is really ugly! Please pronounce this name the correct way!
dogstar21  3/15/2008
Where pronunciation is concerned, I personally agree with Ms Eleanor (dogstar21). Pronounce the last syllable of this name as "-er" instead of "-or" and the elegance that goes with this name is destroyed point-blank.

Aside from elegance, the impression I get of this name is that it fits a pleasantly sprightly girl.
seraphine_eternal  3/22/2008
I've known two eccentrically pronounced 'Eleanors': Eleonor pronounced eh-LEE-a-nor and an Alieanor ahl-ya-AH-nor.
Locket  3/26/2008
In England, it is not usually pronounced El-en-or, but El-en-er. I know, because it's my name, and no one - ever - pronounces is El-en-or. I think El-en-or is a more American pronunciation, and personally, I prefer the one I'm used to.
diluna25  4/6/2008
The name Eleanor to me sounds lovely, but it has an older, geriatric connotation. There are quite a few 80 year old Eleanors and considerably less hot young twenty something Eleanors. Regardless I like this name because of its connotation with good music. The Beatles have a song entitled "Eleanor Rigby", Franz Ferdinand has a song "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" and JET has a song called simply, "Eleanor". It seems to be a favorite amongst great musicians and for that reason I like it quite a bit.
reinaisabella16  4/12/2008
The name is quite pretty, but it sounds like a grandmother name, and I would think that people with a daughter named Eleanor today are quite snobby, as the name has a bit of an elitist sound to it.
slight night shiver  5/22/2008
"Eleanor, Put Your Boots On" is a song from the Glaswegian band Franz Ferdinand's second album, You Could Have It So Much Better. This song is a fine demonstration of the musicality and elegance of the name Eleanor.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2008
Eleanor Friedberger is half of the Fiery Furnaces.
Old Flame  8/19/2008
Eleanor is the name of the daughter of King John and Isabella of Angouleme and sister of King Henry III, Eleanor was married to Simon De Montfort, 6th earl of Leicester in 1238.
Lynsey777  8/31/2008
This is the name of a very important character in Libba Bray's "Rebel Angels". Great book. It is the second in the "Great and Terrible Beauty" series. Fantastic! But she goes by the nickname of "Nell". Nell in the book is a slightly insane girl who is housed at the place where Gemma's (the main character) brother works.
2mousegetsthecheese  9/24/2008
It reminds me of a very elegant, classy and intelligent woman. I however know an Eleanor who is quite the tomboy, so there you go.
LouisXI  10/12/2008
My sister's name is Eleanor, and I think it's an okay name, but we pronounce it ellen-uh, rather than with the influence on the "nor" suffix. I think that the pronunciation "elean-or" is more of an American thing.
walesgal92  4/19/2009
In Britain it is pronounced EL-en-uh or EL-en-er. The 'NOR' part is not made at all unlike the American pronunciation.
Elea  4/22/2009
The lead singer of the La Roux is named Eleanor, and she goes by Elly.
dogstar21  9/27/2009
My sister's name is Eleanor and we always pronounce it like "elean-OR". Without this "or" the name goes lame.
Ravynne  2/13/2010
Eleanor is the new Emily.
vomiting  2/15/2010
Eleanor Arroway is the name of the heroine in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" (and in the movie version of the book). She is an astronomer who discovers an alien radio signal. Most people call her Ellie, and she is played by Jodie Foster. Personally, I love the book, but I am not as fond of the film.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2010
There was actually an earlier example than Eleanor of Aquitaine of a person bearing this name: Eleanor of Normandy, daughter of Richard II of Normandy. She was born between 1011 and 1013 and died after 1071. I guess that kills the "other Aenor" etymology. Sorry.
Kosta  6/25/2010
It's nice, but I can never remember how to spell it.
Chrila96  10/18/2010
Eleanor is my daughter's name. Obviously I love this name or wouldn't've stuck it on my child. I prefer having the "-nor" pronounced in that fashion (she has a great grandmother who constantly wants to call her "ElenER"). The British pronunciation of "-nuh" wouldn't bother me either though.

Potential word of caution for those considering naming a daughter this: If you really like the shortening "Ella" - make sure it sticks and no one calls your daughter "Ellie"! I'm sure the advice is relevant the other way around too. My daughter goes by "Ellie" (because other family members called her that... I preferred Ella... but whatever, Ellie isn't terrible, though it reminds me of a cow's name) and is under the impression currently (she is 3) that her name is pronounced "Ellie-nor". Mildly amusing - I continuously reinforce "Eleanor" to her - I hope she realizes that Eleanor is her name and not "Ellie-nor".

Oh, and to the person who commented that this is a stuck-up upper-class name... not necessarily. I am neither and as a consequence my Eleanor is obviously not upper-class. Nor is she stuck up, as it is difficult to classify a preschooler as stuck-up.

Of course it's connotations of being upper class, intelligent, refined and elegant are part of the point in naming a child, are they not? Give the child a name that will assist him/her in adulthood and forebode success.

I LOVE this name. :)
amymargaret  11/2/2010
This name is commonly thought to mean "torch" or "shining light".
courtney.dayle  11/23/2010
I love the name Eleanor. It has such a soft, warm feel to it. It's very beautiful. I also love the nickname Ellie for it.
Tawnee  12/11/2010
I personally think Eleanor is a lovely name. It has a bit of an elegant old-world feel to it, but is still very suited for this day and age.
However. I much prefer it pronounced as "Ehl-Eh-Nohr," instead of the ghastly "Ehl-Eh-Nuh," "Ehl-Eh-Ner." I am positive that many, if not all, have met certain people who voice "Buffalo" as "BuffaLER," "BuffaLUH." And to be quite blunt: it is horrid. It sounds very uneducated, very unsophisticated. A thief of an otherwise gorgeous, splendid, and sensational name.

Consider your pronunciation... I implore you with all my heart.
Let your child be proud of her name.
Francesca  12/29/2010
Eleanor reminds me on an old woman who sits around drinking tea all day. Way too old fashioned for me.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2011
Sure, it's pretty and dignified, but it's long and dull and reminds me of hypochondriac old women. I don't like the spelling of it, but besides Elinor (which is like eye cancer) I can't think of any other ways to spell it. The only plus of this name is the nickname Nell/y.
Funnily enough, I love the name Lenore.
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
Eleanor Rigby, of course! One of the best songs by The Beatles and many artists.
writer371  5/12/2011
This is my first new niece's name! Eleanor Lily, sounds like the name of a princess. Love it!
littlescarlett  12/1/2011
I like this name. The only problem is the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby. The song is pretty and we sing it a lot which makes it unusable for me. I wouldn't want my daugher to be one of the "lonely people". The tragic nature of the beautiful song would bother me. But I wouldn't mind hearing someone else named this.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2012
This is one of my top girl names right now, paired with the middle name Sophia. It sounds elegant and timeless, and has the cute nickname Ella (or Ellie, or Nell, but I prefer Ella.) Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Roosevelt were strong women and excellent namesakes. This name has it all.
sunshinechild67  2/20/2012
Beautiful, classy name. The nicknames Ellie and Nora are nice too.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
I'm English and live in the North West. My friend's name is Eleanor. She pronounces it 'ell-eh-nor' NOT 'ell-en-a' as do all her family and friends. I don't understand how Eleanor even remotely looks like it should be pronounced like Elena... O_o.
CurlySongbird  3/17/2012
Eleanor of England (1162-1214) was the daughter of Henry II of England and his wife Eleonore of Aquitaine. She was named after her mother. She later married Alfonso VIII of Castile and had 11 children with him.
CarolinW  6/7/2012
Eleanor of England (1215-1275) was the youngest child of King John "Lackland" and his wife Isabelle.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Eleanor of England was the oldest daughter of Edward II of England and his wife Isabelle of France.
CarolinW  6/9/2012
Eleanor was the third daughter of King Edward I of England and his wife Eleanor of Castile.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
Eleanor was the only daughter of King Edward I of England and his second wife Margaret of France.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
I like this name a lot, it sounds very elegant, warm and makes me think of someone who is gentle, compassionate and also as beautiful as her name itself, I think I will use it on one of my own kids in the future. Also I have my own view on how to pronounce this name, I like to say it El-lay-nohr like Elena and Eleanor combined.
Crimson Firelily  6/23/2012
I used to not really have an opinion about this name. It made me think of older women (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) but it just never struck me as youthful. Now, for me anyway, it does seem like a name that could fit every kind of woman (young or old!) It's a unusual name in my opinion, because while it is does seem classical and simple, there is also something about that is exotic and deep at the same time. I love the name and would recommend it for any little girl. It's a great refreshing choice in a world full of little Madisons, Emilys, Sarahs, and Emmas!
spaz123  7/24/2012
Eleanor Logan (born 1987 in Portland, Maine) is an American rower and Olympic gold medalist.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2012
I really don't like this name, sorry. It sounds unfeminine and quite harsh. Not a fan.
beabeautyqueen  9/7/2012
I adore the nickname Ellie! Not Elly or Ellee or Elli but, ELLIE.
SEC908  10/23/2012
Unfeminine and harsh? I don't see how.
Hushpuppy  2/13/2013
Name of the Day: March 2, 2013.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2013
On the CBS show "Under the Dome" one of the characters has the name Norrie, which is a nickname for Eleanor.
polkaspot  8/12/2013
Eleanor Audley (1905-1991) was an American film and TV actress. She was most famous for her two Disney roles - she voiced Lady Tremaine in Cinderella and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty. She also made many memorable appearances on television in the 1950s and 1960s.
Buneary  10/6/2013
I really love this name! My mom considered naming me this, but thought it would be weird because her name is Ellen. We generally pronounce this name like Ella-nor. I really like it on its own or with the nickname Elea (pronounced eL-ee-ah). Though I don't mind the other nicknames Elle (just pronounced like the letter L) and Ella, I cannot stand Ellie. That's just my opinion, no offense to anyone. Overall it's a great name.
AudreyEllen  12/29/2013
My name is Eleanor and I love it. When I was little I never met another Eleanor and it always made me feel special, unique and beautiful. I have gotten so many comments from people of all ages who love my name for one reason or another. I also love the fact that people remember my name, it stands out to them in a good way and helps me stand out from the crowd. I would not change my name for the world even if lots of people's grandmothers have the same name as me.
LadyEleanor  1/4/2014
I like this name a lot. Although I agree that this name is pretty "old-sounding", I fell in love with it after seeing the character Eleanor from the game Rule of Rose. Eleanor now makes me think of a somewhat lonely, quiet little girl. The spelling "Eleanor" looks better to me than "Elinor".

Also I hate the nickname Ellie, it makes me think of an elephant. Ellie is an awesome character from the game The Last of Us, but I still think of it negatively.

I like Nora more as a nickname.
IronClocks  3/3/2014
I know lots of Eleanor's so I think it may be a common name as there are so many of them that I know. There are also quite a few famous people called Eleanor.
I think this name has quite a pretty old-fashioned ring to it.
Winifred. R. B  4/24/2014
Eleanor Miller was the youngest of the Chippettes. She was my favorite, especially in the Chipmunk Adventure. She was also called Ellie. She was sweet and kind with cute little pigtails. I love this name.
Songofecho  10/7/2014
I'm fond of this name. It does make you think of an old lady, but I like a lot of older names.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2015
Eleanor is such a beautiful, classy and regal-sounding name.
Alexanna  3/15/2015
Eleanor is a mature, classy and beautiful name. I love the way it sounds and all! ^__^ This name definitely deserves the love! (:
― Anonymous User  3/21/2015
Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale was an English artist during the late 19th and early 20th century.
speakofthewolf  3/29/2015
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been, lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door, who is it for?...
― Anonymous User  9/11/2015
I just want to say I have never really had an issue with my given name. It is written in the German form however with "ra" sound ending. The only problem a parent would have is "How do you spell that?" when asked because there are so many versions. I never used a shortened version or a nickname. I have always liked my name growing up (smile). In my mind as a child "only important people would have that name" so that I always felt special.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2015
My name is Eleanor, and I love it. I'm so happy my parents gave it to me, because there are SO many nicknames to choose from! I go by Ellie with most people, but I love how official the full name looks on documents, applications, etc.
Norree  4/15/2016
This name is simply beautiful. Every positive adjective can be used to describe it. If you are considering this name for your little girl, some combos I have that you more than welcome to take a look at are:

Eleanor Greta
Eleanor Jessa
Eleanor Lara
Eleanor Lyra
Eleanor Paige
Eleanor Violet
Eleanor Josephine.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2016
I'm not really big on this name, but I admit it's got somewhat of an old-world charm that I do enjoy. It's got a multitude of adorable nicknames -- Ellie, Ella, Lea, Nora, Norrie -- which I appreciate. Not a favorite, but I do like it.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
I'm confused as to how "the other Aenor" can be the only explanation for Eleanor, as, contrary to what's stated, Eleanor of Aquitaine doesn't seem to have been the first bearer of the name. Éléonore de Blois-Champagne seems to have been at least 18 years older than Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her mother's name was Adela, not Aenor. [noted -ed]
clevelandkentevans  10/5/2016
My name is Eleanor after both my grandma and my mum... It's pronounced Ell-ah-nah which I find much prettier and everyone comments on how much nicer it is when pronounced that way.
For those of you not knowing how it can be pronounced like this, my Granddad used to explain that you wouldn't pronounce 'Doctor - Doc-TOR' or 'tractor - Trac-TOR' (well you might if you have an American accent) so this name follows the same structure :)
Eleanor93  10/12/2016
Eleanor Bron is an English stage, film and television actress, and an author. She is best known for her roles as Ahme in Help! And Miss Minchin in A Little Princess (1995).
lilolaf  3/3/2017
I love this name! It's timeless, and it's a longer, and more formal alternative to Ella & Ellie! Eleanor is a spectacular name, and the nicknames are adorable.
Katesnames15  4/21/2017
Eleanor Matsuura is a British actress, who is best known for her roles as Hannah Santo in Spooks: The Greater Good, Bev in Utopia and as PC Donna Prager in Cuffs. Matsuura was born in Tokyo and raised in Hertfordshire, England. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2004. She is trained in Modern and Period dance.
cutenose  6/11/2017
Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. She was the most famous Restoration actress and possessed a prodigious comic talent. Gwyn had two sons by King Charles: Charles Beauclerk; and James Beauclerk. The surname of her sons is pronounced 'Bo-Clare'. Charles was created Earl of Burford and later Duke of St. Albans.
lilolaf  6/15/2017
Eleanor Tomlinson is a British actress. Though active since 2005, she will perhaps be best known in the future as leading actress playing "Demelza" in the 2015- TV series adaptation of the "Poldark" saga by author Winston Graham, which was first adapted into a TV series running from 1975-1977.
Charlie1977  6/19/2017
My Grandma has this name, born in 1936. She has always been physically very beautiful even into her old age, and she's the sweetest and kindest lady who automatically draws affection and positive feelings from nearly everyone she meets, so I've got a great impression of this name. I would consider it for a future daughter, but it seems to be climbing in popularity and if it gets too common I'll instead go for a derivative like Lenore, Leona, Leonora, etc. All of them are lovely though.
Ranee  7/22/2017
Eleanor Concepcion "Connie" Mariano, is a Filipina American physician and former flag officer in the United States Navy. She is the first Filipino American and graduate of the Uniformed Services University of Medicine to reach the rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy as well as the first woman to become the director of the White House Medical Unit.
lilolaf  7/22/2017
Eleanor is a very pretty and classic name. It's not one of those names you can only picture on a older person or one of those names you can only see on a teenager. Plus, it has cute nicknames, though I prefer Eleonora/Eleanora or Eleanore.
XironDarkstar  1/27/2018
Eleanor Shellstrop is the protagonist of the TV series "The Good Place." She is portrayed by Kristen Bell.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2018

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