Popularity:2451
Origin:French
Meaning:light; God is my light
Elinor is a feminine name of primarily French origin. A variation of Eleanor, Elinor can be traced back to Aliénor, a Provençal form of the Greek Helenē, which means "light." Its Arabic origins further uphold this iridescent quality, interpreting Eleanor as meaning "God is my light." Luminous as these roots may be, its popularity did not ignite until the reign of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Known as the most powerful woman of the 12th century, it was she who first bore the name and cast its glow into countless imaginations. A long line of formidable feminine figures arose in her wake, from queen consorts to a famous first lady, each bearing the title in their own right. Today, Elinor shines bright by virtue of its close relations; its unique spelling paves the way for baby to forge a dynasty of their own.
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