Thought dignified Eleanor was no longer hip? Well, think again. This stately and regal name, most often associated with philanthropic former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, is seeing a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Perhaps its the inspirational namesake, the abundance of cute potential nicknames (Ellie and Nellie come to mind), its happy meaning of “shining light,” or its elegant, yet fresh “old lady” vibe—whatever the case, Eleanor is a name that’s back and here to stay.


  • english:
  • greek: Shining light; variant of Helen


Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 3

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Celebrity Babies:

Daughter of Diane Lane and Christopher Lambert, Daughter of Katie Couric