An old classic, this name means “bright, shining one” and evolved from Aliénor, which later became Eléanor or Eleonore. The name has been given to many queens around the world, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s favorite human rights activist and outspoken first lady who took no shit from anyone.
Ella, Ellie, Nora.
Famous people named Eleanor:
filmmaker and writer (as well as wife to Francis Ford Coppola) Eleanor Coppola; daughter of actress Diane Lane.
The popularity of the name Eleanor in England during the Middle Ages was due to the fame of Eleanor of Aquitaine, as well as two queens of the following century.