Meaning: “the other Aenor”
The name is derived from the Latin Alia Aenor, which literally means, the “other Aenor”, according to most historical sources, the most notable bearer, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was named for her mother Aenor and as a way to distinguish her from her mother, she was dubbed Alia Aenor.
The meaning of Aenor is uncertain, but may be connected to the Latin verb ienire, meaning “to heal.”
The name was borne by Eleanor of Aquitaine, known in Old French as Aliénor d’Aquitaine, (1122-1204), the daughter of William X, Duke of Aquitaine, she grew up to be one of the most powerful people in medieval Western Europe and became Queen Consort of both France and England.
Her popularity throughout France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and England. It was also borne by two other queens, Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor of Castile, the former was canonized a saint.
Eleanor has produced several other common offshoots, such as Lenore, the name of the departed love in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven (1845); Elnora and Nora.
In modern American history, it was borne by First Lady and humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962).
It is currently the name of the crown princess Infanta of Spain, Leonor.
Currently, Eleanor is the 61st most popular female name in England/Wales, (2010). She is currently the 165th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 2 (Leonor, Portugal, 2010)
- # 125 (Eléonore, France, 2009)
Common English diminutives include: Ella, Ellie, Nell, Nellie and Nora.
Other forms include:
- Eleanora (Breton/Norwegian
- Elionor (Catalan)
- Eleonora Елеонор (Belarusian/Czech/Danish/Dutch/Faroese/Icelandic/Italian/Polish/Swedish)
- Elenora (Danish)
- Eleanor (English/Estonian/Romanian)
- Elnora (English)
- Lenora (English)
- Leonora (English/German/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Lenore (English/German)
- Nell (English: originally a diminutive form, now used as an independent given name)
- Nellie (English: originally a diminutive form, now used as an independent given name)
- Nora (English/Italian: originally a diminutive form, now used as an independent given name)
- Eleonoora (Finnish)
- Noora (Finnish)
- Éléonore (French)
- Eleonore (German)
- Eleōnora Ελεωνόρα (Greek: Modern)
- Eleonóra (Hungarian/Slovak)
- Lenóra (Hungarian)
- Elenóra (Icelandic)
- Nóra (Irish-Gaelic)
- Nóirín/Noreen (Irish-Gaelic)
- Elianora/Elinora (Italian)
- Noretta (Italian)
- Norina (Italian)
- Alienora (Late Latin)
- Léionore (Norman)
- Ellinor/Elinor (Norwegian/Swedish)
- Alienòr (Occitanian)
- Leonor (Portuguese/Spanish)
- Aliénor (Provençal)
- Alenora Альенора (Russian)
- Eilidh (Scots-Gaelic: originally a diminutive form, now very popular as an independent given name)
- Eilionoir (Scots-Gaelic)
- Elna (Swedish: contracted form).
The designated name-day is February 22.
German diminutives are: Lola, Lorle, Lore, Nora and Nordel.
A Dutch diminutive is Noortje.
Hungarian diminutives include: Ella, Leonorka, Lóra, Lórácska, Lóri, Nelli, Nóra, Norcsi, Nóri and Nórici.
- Alison Weir, Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, Ballantine Books, 2001
- Kálmán Béla: A nevek világa
- Marion Meade, Eleanor of Aquitaine: a biography, Hawthorn Books, 1977
- Régine Pernoud, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Coward-McCann, 1968