You know how some people just “look” like their name?
Well, it turns out that the name you choose for your baby actually has a big impact on how people see them as they grow up, and even how they see themselves!
Picking a first name is beyond my pay grade, but I do think I can help you pick a good middle name to go with it.
It all comes down to how it flows with the first name, so now that you’ve picked Eleanor, the rest should be easy.
Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Eleanor.
I’ve compiled these from baby name databases, parent discussion forums, and other sources then whittled them down to the ones I personally think sound the best.
Hope it helps!
Middle name ideas for a girl named Eleanor
Let’s get right into the list.
I chose about 50 middle names for Eleanor — fun, classic, feminine, unique, you name it — to give you a good starting point in your search. Hopefully, you find “the one”!
My favorite middle names for Eleanor are Eleanor Gray and Eleanor Quinn.
I like how these one-syllable names add a unique and lovely sound to the name Eleanor. However, with so many choices, take your time and pick the ones that sound the best to you!
Meaning of the name Eleanor
According to BabyCenter, Eleanor is a name of Greek origin, and it means “bright shining one.”
Eleanor has moved in and out of popularity since the 1900s, making a return to the limelight in recent years.
There is also some debate that the name Eleanor can be of Old French and Old German origin, and means, “other, foreign.”
The name Eleanor has inspired the characters of popular playwrights like Shakespeare, as well as the songs of famous musicians, for example, the Beatles’ song, “Eleanor Rigby.”
Some other famous Eleanors are Eleanor Coppola (wife of Francis Ford Coppola), and, of course, Eleanor Roosevelt. (My personal favorite is Eleanor Shellstrop from ‘The Good Place’)
Many parents use a variety of nicknames for Eleanor, including Elle and Ellie.
Those are just a few of my favorite names that go well with Eleanor, but by no means is it an exhaustive list.
If you found one you loved (or if you figure it out later after more research), let me know in the comments!
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Good luck, parents!