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Eleanor (F)>

Eleanor (female)

Variants:Alianora (F) Eileanóra (F) Eleanora (F) Eléonore (F) Ellen (F) Helen (F) Helenora (F) Helenore (F)
Diminutive(s):Elin (F)
Pet Name(s):Ella (F) Ellena (F) Ellie (F) Nell (F) Nellie (F) Nelly (F) Nora (F)
Derivative(s):Leonora (F) Leonore (F)
Can be spelt:Elinor (F) Ellenor (F)
Source(s): English Parish Register
FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

French, from an old Provençal name meaning "foreign", introduced into Britain by Eleanor of Aquitane [1122-1204], on her marriage to Henry II, King of England.

There is a possibility that Eleanor was derived from or a variant of Helen. Also it may be recorded as Helenore, of which there were a few records in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire, or as one of the other spelling variants shown, above.

Alianora was used as a Latinised version of Eleanor/Eleanora in many old documents. Search for Alianor* to take account of Latin case endings.