Eleanor

Gender:girl

Meaning:Bright

Origin:French

Pronunciation:ELL a nor

Variations:Elana, Elena, Ellena, Elina, Elanor, Eleana

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Eleanor is one of those historical names that evokes a feeling of grace and elegance. This is a perfect traditional name for parents looking for something classy and regal.

Detailed Meaning

An Old French respelling of the Old Provencal name Alienor. Introduced to England in the 12th century by Eleanor of Aquitaine who came from France to wed King Henry II.

Famous People With This Name

Perhaps the most famous Eleanor is is Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States in history, who held the post from 1933-1945. Eleanor Powell was an American actress and tap dancer who was said to rival Fred Astaire in talent. Eleanor Tomlinson is a British actress best known for playing Demelza in the BBC series, “Poldark.”

Possible Nicknames

Possible nickname options for Eleanor include El/Elle and Ellie/Elly.

Related Names

Eleanor can also be spelt: Elana, Elanor, Eleana, Elena, Ellena and Elina.

Stories Featuring This Name

Eleanor Douglas is a main character in the young adult novel, “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell.¬†Eleanor “Ellie” Bartowski-Woodcomb is a character in the television series, “Chuck.” Eleanor Rigby is the name of a famous Beatles song, and also the name of the main character in the film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” who was named after the song.

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