Infobox Given Name Revised
name = Eleanor
gender = Female
meaning = "the other (Aenor)"
origin = Provençal/French
related names =
Eleanor (also Elinor, Eleanore, or Elynor) is a female
The first known bearer of the name was
Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was named after her mother, Ænor de Châtellerault, and called "Aliénor", (from "Alia-Aenor"), which means "other-Aenor" in Occitan). It became "Eléanor" in the northern "Langue d'oïl" and in English. Therefore the meaning of the name is sometimes given as "The Other." Ænor is a Provençalname, coming from "lenire" ("to heal") and "adoucir" ("to soften"). In English the name is sometimes connected to Elena, Ellenor Elaine (Helen, Helene) as well. It could be connected to the Greek "eleos" ("compassion") as well.
Equivalent names in other languages are:
*Елеонора (Eleonora) (Bulgarian)
*Ελεωνόρα (Eleōnora) Greek)
*Eleonóra (Hungarian, Slovak)
*Eleonora (Italian, Polish, Swedish)
*Leonor (Spanish, Portuguese)
*Lianor, Alionor, Leonora, Eleonor, Eleonora, Elionor, Elianora (Portuguese)
*Elinor (Hebrew, Welsh)
The similar Hebrew name "Eliora" is the feminine form of Elior ("my God is light"). The similar-sounding Arabic "Allahu Nuri" also means "God is my light"; the modern version is "Nurullah" ("Noorullah") ("light of God").
* Several queens are known as
Queen Eleanor, most notably Eleanor of Aquitaine
Infanta Leonor of Spain
* Saint Helen is sometimes referred to as Saint Eleanor.
* Eleonora by
Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Boardman, American actress
Eleanor Bron, British actress and author
Eleonora Dziekiewicz, Polish volleyball player
Elinor Fair, American actress
Eleanor Marx, writerand daughter of Karl Marx
Eleanor Roosevelt, the activist, diplomat, and wife and First Ladyof President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Eleanor Powell, a tap-dance legend
Eleanor Rigby, the fictional titular subject of a 1966 song by The Beatles; although she is fictional, a gravestone bearing the name Eleanor Rigby exists in a church in the band's birthplace of Liverpool
Elinor Dashwood, the heroine of Jane Austen's popular novel, " Sense and Sensibility"
* Eleanor Butterbean a character of
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
Eleanor Friedberger, vocalist of New York indie rockband The Fiery Furnaces
Eleanor Hapeshi, was Under Seven Chess Suprema in Gloucestershire UK Land Chess Challenge 2007 and Joint winner of the Under 7 UK Land Chess Challenge, for Northern England 2007. On the 10th May 2008 she won the title of Under-8 Suprema in the UK Land Chess Challenge in Gloucestershire.
Elinor Blankenship, world famous clarinetist originally from Frankfort, KY.
Other uses of Eleanor
* Franz Ferdinand have recently released a song titled '
Eleanor Put Your Boots On'.
* Jet have recently released a song titled 'Eleanor'.
The Turtlesreleased a song titled 'Elenore' in 1968.
* Eleanor is also the codename for the legendary Mustangs seen in both versions of the film
Gone in 60 Seconds: in the original 1974 version, Eleanor is a 1973 Mach 1 coupe, while in the 2000 remake, Eleanor is a modified 1967 Shelby GT500.
The Beatlesreleased a song titled 'Eleanor Rigby' on the album Revolver.
* Eleanor, Youngest of
Lady Eleanoris a song written by Alan Hull which featured on the first Lindisfarne album, Nicely out of Tune, and was released as a single in 1970
*In the fictional world of "
The Lord of the Rings", J. R. R. Tolkiencreated an alternative meaning for this name in his created Elvish language. In the novels, "Elano"r means "sun-star" ("el": star, and "anor": sun), and is the name of a golden five-pointed flower that grows in the woods of Lothlórienand the given name of a golden-haired child.
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