Other Origin(s):Greek
Meaning:Sun ray; Shining light; The Other Aenor
Eleanor is a girl's name with French and Greek origins that's rich with history. Coming from the Old French name Aliénor, it translates to "the other Aenor." This may have come from the French Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who's mother's name was Aenor, giving your little one plenty of historical roots. Eleanor is also sometimes seen as a variant of the Greek name Helen, meaning "sun ray" or "shining light." The most famous American Eleanor in history was probably the outspoken Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving first lady of the US and wife to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eleanor is—rightfully—climbing in popularity in the US, though it has yet to reach the heights of 1913 to 1928. Variations include Elinor, Eleanore, and the nicknames Ellie and Nora. With so many cute variants and baby’s natural star power, this name will be number one in no time.

Famous People Named Eleanor

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    United States First Lady
  • WordSense, Eleanor

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Eleanor, August 2023

  • Behind the Name, Eleanor, May 2020

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