August 17, 2014 § 8 Comments
From the Old French version of the name “Aliénor”, meaning “the other Aenor”. Possibly also related to “Helen“.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Alianor, Aliénor, Eilionoir, Eilidh, Elea, Eleanora, Eleanore, Elenor, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonor, Elinor, Elinora, Elinore, Ella, Ellanore, Elle, Ellen, Elli, Ellie, Ellinor, Elly, Elnora, Leanora, Leonore, Lenora, Lenore, Leonor, Lore, Lorita, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Nonie, Nony, Noor, Noora, Nora, Norah, Noreen, Norene, Norina, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Aunt Eleanor, who teaches Molly the value of beauty, in “Molly Gair’s New Dress”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).