Meaning and name origin
Eleanor \e-lea-nor\ as a girl's name is pronounced EL-a-nor. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Eleanor is "other, foreign". From an Old French respelling of the Provenšal name Alienor, from German ali, though sometimes it is taken as a variant of Helen. May also derive from Greek eleos meaning "compassion". Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century) was heiress to a large part of France, wife of two kings and mother of two more (Richard the Lionhearted and John). Her powerful personality, intelligence, and energy made her unique then. Literary: Jane Austen's Elinor Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility". First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; Italian actress Eleonora Duse; actress Elinor Donahue; women's rights activist Eleanor Smeal.
Eleanor▲ has 78 variant forms: Aleanor, Alenor, Aleonore, Aline▼, Allinor, Eileanoir, Eileen▼, El, Elaine▼, Elanor, Eleanora▼, Eleanore▼, Elen, Elena▲, Eleni, Elenor, Elenora▼, Elenore, Eleonor, Eleonora, Eleonore, Elianora, Elianore, Elienora, Elienore, Elinor▼, Elinore▼, Ella▲, Elladine, Elle▲, Elleanor, Elleanora, Ellen▼, Ellene, Ellenor, Ellenora, Ellenore, Elleonor, Elli, Ellie▲, Ellin, Elliner, Ellinor, Ellinore, Elly, Ellyn, Elna▼, Elnora▼, Elora, Elyn, Enora, Heleanor, Heleanor, Helen▼, Helena▲, Helene▼, Helenora, Leanora, Lena▲, Lenora▼, Lenore▼, Leonor▼, Leonora▼, Leonore, Leora▼, Lina▼, Nelda▼, Nell▼, Nelle▼, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie▼, Nelly, Nonnie, Nora▲, Nore, Norah▲ and Norina.
Eleanor is a very popular first name for females (#148 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Eleanor for girls. Eleanor reached its highest rank of #29 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Eleanor and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ella (#17), Nora (#49), Ellie (#55), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Norah (#163), Lena (#279), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Elaine (#654), Ellen (#656), Eileen (#711), Lina (#767), Lenore, Nellie, Nelly, Lenora, Leonor, Leonora, Nell, Nelle, Leora, Leonore, Nelda, Elna, Elenora, Eleonora, Elenor, Eleni, Eleanora, Eleanore, Elinor, Elinore, Elnora, Elvira, Aline, Elly, Ellinor and Helene. (2014 statistics).