Name: Eleanor

Origin and Meaning of the Name Eleanor

  • Meaning:
    Pity
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    God is my light
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  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (EL leh nor)
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Miscellaneous Info for Eleanor

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Derived from French name Aliénor, which is of obscure meaning.

    Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204), whilst being a wealthy and powerful woman in her own right, was married to the King of France (Louis VII) and the King of England (Henry II). She took part in the Second Crusade and was the mother of Richard the Lionheart and King John.

    Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of American President Franklin D Roosevelt, and supported the American civil rights movement.

    Eleanor Rigby is the fictional subject of a song by the Beatles. Eleanor H Porter was the author of the 'Pollyanna' novels.

    The name is popular in England and Wales, where it was the 42nd most popular name in 2006. In the USA, Eleanor was most popular in the 1910s and 20s.

Similar Names to Eleanor for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Eleanor (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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Eleanor - Rankings by Year

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(Source: U.S. SSA)
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