Eleanor is a name with French origins. The meaning of the name Eleanor is unknown. It derives from the Provencale Alienore. It also may come from alia Aenor or “the other Aenor.” Alternate spellings include Elenor, Elanor, and Eleanora.
Famous Eleanors include Eleanor of Aquitaine who was the mother of Richard I and King John. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is likely the most famous modern day Eleanor. Eleanor Parker was an American Actress as well Eleanor Powell.
Fictional characters named Eleanor include Ellie Arroway in Carl Sagan’s Contact, Eleanor Douglas in Eleanor & Park, and Ellie Gardner from J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings.
People who like the name Eleanor also tend to like names with British and traditional origins.
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