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Eleanor

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Light

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Eleanor

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Eleanor in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Eleanor:

  • Records indicate that 260,624 girls in the United States have been named Eleanor since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1920, when 8,491 people in the U.S. were given the name Eleanor. Those people are now 100 years old.

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    Comments about the name Eleanor

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      19 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Eleanor Rose. I hated it when I was growing up because I thought it was an old lady name and I didn't know anyone else called that. From about the age of 9, I insisted that everyone call me Ellie and ignored anyone who forgot (parents and teachers included) but now I'm an adult and trying to sway people back to Eleanor again! It's a beautiful, regal name and I love how versatile it is with all the nickname possibilities and such. It's a shame it took me 20 years to realise what a lucky girl I am!" Jun. 24, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Beautiful, timeless, feminine name. It is my daughter's middle name." Mar. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Eleanor for my middle name after my great-aunt, and if I ever have a daughter, her first name will be Eleanor. :)" Jan. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is an Eleanor and I think the name is fantastic. It makes me think of a strong, independant woman, everything I hope my daughter will on day be. Many people seem to have trouble calling a same girl Eleanor but I don't mind. I think its a great name to grow into. Like the previous poster said, it's one of those love it or hate it names." Oct. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My favorite aunt was "Aunt Ellie." Eleanor is regal and timeless, but also very approchable. It's on my short list." Aug. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE my name. I was born in 1986, and don't think Eleanor is an old lady name at all. Generally I shorten it to Elle, and that's what most people know me as, but in formal situations I think the name Eleanor sounds both professional and approachable - perfect! (Not to boast or anything!)." Mar. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents named me Eleanor (no middle name) in 1978 and I found that I was the only Eleanor at all classes at schools and universities I registered. The name has helped me in my education and career because people respect me for my reliability and professionalism. Having an overly feminine name in my industry would have prevented me from becoming successful. Eleanor is an historial name, having enjoyed royal influence in England, Spain and France." Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eleanor, my dad was actually a fan of the beatles and named me after the song "Eleanor Rigby"" Jan. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love it, my girlfriend's middle name is Elanor, and i just love it, very beautiful and classic name. sure beats the hell outta " shaniqua!"" Oct. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eleanor of Aquitane was an English and French queen in the middle ages. I really like my name!!! I was named after my grandmother. I love it that my name means "Light."" Aug. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. It's so elegant and beautiful and so many possibilities for good nicknames. I love traditional names! If I have a daughter, that's what I'm going to name her." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Eleanor. She is so beautiful and fits the name." Nov. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My unborn child will be Eleanor if its a girl. Named after gr.grandmother Ellen. I noticed the name Eleanor is going up in popularity - I hope it doesn't turn into another Madison or Jennifer!" Aug. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eleanor is a great name. If you have it you should be very proud. It is a powerful and very cool because Eleanor Roosevelt made a difference and you can too. Go Eleanor!!!" Apr. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name eleanor but i hate the nickname that has come with it 'nellie' if any one is going to call their child eleanor please do but dont punish them by shorting such a lovely name to some thing horrible like nellie." Oct. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter, born in 2004, is Eleanor Rose. When I introduce her, people either love it ot politely say nothing. This does not bother me. In our era of made-up super-trendy names, my Eleanor is a timeless classic. I know she will grow to love her name that can be playful and fun and even cutesey for a little girl, as well as a powerful, serious, elegant, romantic name for a woman she will someday grow up to be." Apr. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eleanor was the name of one of my grandmothers and I've always loved it, especially with all the nicknames of it out there... I particularly like Ellie." Apr. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my grandmother's name. I have always thought it was beautiful. She tells me that she hated it when she was growing up, because She thought it was an old woman's name. Some of her close friends call her Ellie." Apr. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It has lots of nicknames, like Elle (Elle McPherson is an Eleanor), Ellie, Nell, Nellie, Norah. You can grow into any of these great names with Eleanor." Jul. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I feel bad for saying it, but I really dislike this name. It feels too old and stuffy for younger people, especially young children. My best friend named her child Eleanor and I feel so bad that I hate it so much. It just doesn't fit a little baby." Jun. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "another old lady name...it doesnt even flow...very very unattractive.." Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      11 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Eleanor but everyone calls me Ellie. It's a good name because you can be Ellie as a kid and then go by Eleanor, which sounds more dignified, as an adult. I know one other Ellie, two Ellas, and an Elia, which can get a bit confusing. Eleanor wouldn't be the first name I'd choose, but I like it alright. My history teacher pronounced it 'El-nur' which was a bit weird. I pronounce it El-len-or" Sep. 26, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Is Eleanor Row and people compare me to Eleanor Roosevelt,which is pretty cool. 😍😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸" Apr. 17, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend is named Eleanor and she hates it. I thinks it's a nice name. Most people call her Ellie but she spells it Ele." Apr. 18, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and i love it ! my mom named me after The beatles song Eleanor Rigby . She made my middle name Rigby and i think it is so cuteee<3" Jul. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many princess from europe named eleanor.and its turkish version is edanur.good name =)" Jun. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am an eleanor, my friends call me elly. i spell it with a y because i like to be individual and it's cool (says me). however it often rhymns with unfortunate words like smelly. back in school i used to fall asleep and when the geography teacher would mention LEDC's (lower economically developed countries) i would often wake thinking he was addressing me. other than that, i have problems with my name, in fact someone was named after me, which is nice. so to all of you smelly ellies out there, i say congratulations, you have the same name as me." Jan. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eleanor. I think it is a beautiful name,elegant and poetic and has o long history." Nov. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am the third Eleanor in my family. My mother was Eleanor as well. I grew up with the nickname Bunny but after school went with Ellie. My college teachers called it regal. I have loved it." May. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is a beautiful name. I'm naming one of my daughters this after one my favorite television characters." May. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I adore this name. It makes me think of my favorite character on Degrassi. I plan on naming one of my daughters Eleanor. I'd probably end up calling her Ellie though. Hopefully it won't be too popular then..." Apr. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born 7/10/07 after many nights and many more names we arrived with Elleanor Corrinne. She is just as sweet and innocent as our childhoods fair memories of cotton candy. Her nickname is Ella or more often "Punky". I am so glad I chose it. Although I hope no one does take it! I'd LIKE it to be original!" Jan. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate



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