What does Eleanor mean?
Eleanor [eleanor] 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.Creative forms:
(female) Eleanel, Eleanie, ..
(male) Eleanan, Eleanen, .. Middle name pairings:
Eleanor Tyler (E.T.), ..
How popular is Eleanor?
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. Demographics)
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 #60. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Aline, Eileen (#694 from current records), Elaine (#673), Elana (#1522), Eleanora (#1468), Eleanore, Elena (#106), Eleni (#1595), Elenor, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Eleonore, Elinor (#1413), Elinore, Ella (#18), Elle (#398), Ellen (#705), Ellene, Elli, Ellie (#47), Ellinor, Elly (#1474), Ellyn, Elna, Elnora, Elodie (#1166), Elora (#963), Elvira, Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Helene, Ileana, Leanora, Lena (#272), Lenora (#1634), Lenore, Leonor, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Lina (#857), Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nellie (#1247), Nelly (#1724), Nonnie, Nora (#41) and Norah (#159) are the prominent alternative forms of Eleanor (#60 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Eleanor were at the top of their popularity in the 1920s (adoption of 6.91%) and are now much less common (adoption 2.44%, ▼65%). Helen is a constant favorite, though Ella is currently more regularly used, while forms like Nelda have become less popular.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Eilean, Elan, Elanah, Elane, Elanie, Elanit, Elanna, Eleana, Eleanna, Elease, Eleasha, Eleen, Eleena, Elegance, Elene, Elenyi, Eleora, Elian, Eliana▲, Eliane, Elianna▲, Elianne, Elkana, Elkanah, Elkanna, Ellan, Ellane, Elyana, Gaenor, Leanor, Lenor and Nanor. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eleanor.See names in meaning and etymology.