The name Eleanor is of French origin and means "Of Unknown Meaning." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
The name Eleanor is derived from the French Provençale name, 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. Others include U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and American actresses Eleanor Parker and 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.
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