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Eleanor

What does Eleanor mean?

Eleanor Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old, greek, compassion (gracious), powerful, intelligence, literary, lady (noble).

Variations

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.

Related girl names: Elodie, Elvira and Ronelle.

Eleanor has 3 more alternative forms via Helen: Elana, Ileana and Lienor.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Eleanan, Eleanel, ..

(male) Eleanan, Eleanen, ..

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eleanor outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Aline, Eileen, Elaine, Elana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanora, Eleanore, Elena, Eleni, Elenor in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Eleonore, Elinor in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elinore, Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elli, Ellie, Elly, Ellyn, Elna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Elodie, Elora, Elvira, Helen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helena, Helene, Ileana, Leanora, Lena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lenora, Lenore, Leonor, Leonora, Leonore in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leora, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nelle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nellie, Nelly, Nonnie, Nora, Norah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elaine, Elena, Ella, Elle outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellen, Ellie, Ellinor, Elvira, Lena outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lina, Nellie, Nora, Norah outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested 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.

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