Meaning and name origin
Leonora \le(o)-no-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced lee-a-NOR-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Leonora is "compassion; light". Variant of Eleanor. Literary: Lenore was the lady lost forever in Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven". The name was used for the heroine of three major operas "Fidelio", "Il Trovatore", and "La Favorita".
Leonora is a very popular first name for females (#1290 out of 4276, Top 30%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leonora for girls. Leonora reached its highest rank of #409 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Leonora and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Norah (#163), Helen (#404), Ora, Leora, Leonore, Lenore, Lenora, Leonor and Leonora. (2014 statistics).
Leonora is also pronounced similarly to Lenorah, Lenorra and Leonara. Other suggested similar baby names are Lenor, Lenorr, Leodora and Leondra. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leonora.