Eleanor Pronunciation

See the results of this poll: Pronunciation of Eleanor (interested about where you’re from too!)

Respondents: 75 (This poll is closed)

  • El-eh-na (I am from England) : 8 (11%)
  • El-eh-nor (I am from England) : 5 (7%)
  • El-eh-na (I am not from England) : 1 (1%)
  • El-eh-nor (I am not from England): 61 (81%)

I’ve never heard this name without the R pronounced on the end! One going for the ‘el-eh-na’ pronunciation would likely be better suited with Helena or Ellena.

[name_f]El[/name_f]-eh-nor…I’m from the States. I’ve never heard of it pronounced without the R either.

I’m from Greece, if I heard [name_f]El[/name_f]-eh-nah I would assume her name was [name_f]Elena[/name_f]/[name_f]Helena[/name_f]

[name_f]El[/name_f]-ə-nor, I live in the US. I have only heard it pronounced that way.

I live [name_f]Canada[/name_f] and I pronounce el-eh-nor
My relatives are from [name_f]England[/name_f] and pronounce it el-eh-nor

I am from the US and I have heard it pronounced [name_f]EL[/name_f]-eh-nor most often. But I have heard [name_f]EL[/name_f]-eh-na before (like in British period films). Pronouncing the ‘r’ at the end is more mainstream, though, so I think calling her el-eh-na could be confusing for some.

I say -nor, but in a British/Australian way. I don’t use a heavy final ‘r’ like in an American accent, so it’s almost like el-e-naw. I pronounce it quite like Torchwood on this site does : Eleanor pronunciation: How to pronounce Eleanor in English, Swedish, French, Spanish

I’ve heard both [name_f]EL[/name_f]-e-nuh and el-e-naw from British friends.
I’m Australian.

I’m from the States, too, and we definitely say the “R”. But I remember watching the BBC miniseries of Sense and Sensibility and LOVING hearing them call [name_f]Elinor[/name_f] the British way! It was just so beautiful to me. I think [name_f]EL[/name_f]-eh-nah sounds dumb in an American accent, though, haha. The accent is everything!

[name_f]El[/name_f]-eh-na (I am from [name_f]England[/name_f])

Quick question. I noticed you have [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] in your signature. I am wondering how you pronounce [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f], when you pronounce [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], el-eh-na.

I am also from [name_f]England[/name_f]. I pronounce [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] “[name_f]EL[/name_f]-uh-nuh” and [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] “[name_f]EL[/name_f]-uh-[name_f]NOR[/name_f]-uh”. I think I’d be more inclined to use the “-nor” (naw) pronunciation for the [name_f]Elinor[/name_f] spelling, don’t know why though!

I have heard “[name_f]EL[/name_f]-eh-nor” for [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] occasionally in the UK but mostly “[name_f]EL[/name_f]-uh-nuh”. Both are nice [name_f]IMO[/name_f].

Same for me. I’ve never actually heard anyone pronounce it the over way (‘-naw’) outside of American TV/film.

My cousin is called [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] and we pronounce it elle-eh-na. I’m from [name_f]England[/name_f].

I second every other [name_u]Brit[/name_u], I don’t know anyone who pronounces the ‘nor’ and I’ve only seen it pronounced this way by Americans in TV/film.

[name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] would also be elle-uh-[name_f]NOR[/name_f]-uh despite this.

Thank you for including your pronunciation of [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f]. It’s interesting hearing the different pronunciations.

I’m from Spain, and the pronunciations here are way different…
[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] would be pronounced as eh-leh-uh-nor, and [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] as eh-leh-uh-nor-uh

I think Americans pretty uniformly say [name_f]Ell[/name_f]-uh-nor. We pronounce the R at the end very clearly. It sounds delightful when pronounced in British period films as [name_f]Ell[/name_f]-uh-naw, but (as mentioned by another poster), Americans would sound super silly pronouncing [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] that way. :wink:

I don’t think it matters what Americans say, we all know they have a different accent. In [name_f]England[/name_f] most (though not all) accents are non-rhotic and so the normal pronunciation of [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] does not include the final ‘r’. This won’t ‘confuse’ anyone as it is the standard pronunciation for ALL names and words ending in r. [name_f]EL[/name_f]-eh-na is how most people will say it, I guarantee you, and it is how all the Eleanors I have ever known have pronounced their name. Unless you live in the [name_u]West[/name_u] Country, then you might get a few farmer types saying ‘[name_f]EL[/name_f]-en-er’ pronouncing the ‘r’. Although I grew up in the [name_u]West[/name_u] Country and rhotic accents are by no means universal even there.

To me, from English people, the [name_f]EL[/name_f]-eh-naw pronunciation (because people still wouldn’t say the r) sounds a little pretentious, to be honest.