What does Eleanor mean?
Eleanor \e-lea-nor\ as a girls' 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 variants: 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, Norah, Nore and Norina.
Eleanor has 35 more alternative forms via Helen: Aileen, Ailene, Alene▼, Eilidh, Elaina, Elana, Elayne, Ellee, Ellette, Galina, Halina, Helaina, Helaine, Helana, Heleena, Helenann, Helenna, Helenore, Helia, Hella, Hellen▼, Hellena, Hellene, Hellenor, Hellia, Ileana, Ilene▼, Ilona, Jelena, Lana, Leonara, Lienor, Nellette, Nelliana and Yelena.
Eleanor is a very popular first name for women (#148 out of 4276, Top 3%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Eleanor for girls. Eleanor reached its peak rank of #29 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is currently at #78. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Aileen (#562 the previous year), Alene, Aline, Eileen (#711), Eilidh, Elaina (#281), Elaine (#654), Elayne, Eleanora, Eleanore, Elena (#121), Elenor, Elenora, Eleonora, Elinor, Elinore, Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Ellinor, Elna, Elnora, Elvira, Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Helene, Hellen, Ileana, Ilene, Lana (#351), Lena (#279), Lenora, Lenore, Leonor, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lina (#767), Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Nora (#49) and Norah (#163) are the prominent alternative forms of Eleanor (#78 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.466%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.2331%, down 50%), with forms like Helen, Ilene, Lenora, Lenore and Leonor falling out of style. The most fashionable names for newborns in this list are Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Nora (#49) and Norah (#163), and there is a resurgence in baby name usage for Eleanor, Lena, Nora and Norah. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Eleanor and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)