Is Eleanor Too Popular?

I like long and old-fashioned names but also want something less common.(below top 100) That’s why I turn down [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]. I like [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] very much, but its popularity is a little unacceptable for me. There was no one called [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] in the place I live a few years ago, but I have met a few [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] these years. Is [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] popular in the area you live? Should I change [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] into [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f], [name_f]Eleonore[/name_f] or [name_f]Leonor[/name_f]? (I like the nickname [name_f]Nora[/name_f] but don’t plan to use it directly )
In addition, I like [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], too. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you think [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] are great nn for [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]?
More than happy to see other advice.
Thank you very much in advance!

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This is one of those names for me that I see an awful lot on nameberry, but never in real life. I say go for it if you love it, because even if it is a little more common than you’d like, I doubt little [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] would be one of many in her class.


I know a few Eleanors/Elinors of different ages. I wouldn’t say it’s super popular, but also not unpopular. I think what makes it feel more popular is the nickname [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. There are lots of Ellies out there with a variety of different names. I think if it’s a name you love, use it, and maybe choose a less common nickname.

[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] are lovely, and [name_f]Clara[/name_f] and [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] are great nicknames. I don’t think [name_f]Clara[/name_f] is as intuitive a nickname as [name_f]Tilda[/name_f], and I’d be inclined to just use [name_f]Clara[/name_f] on its own instead of as a nickname for [name_f]Clementine[/name_f]. That’s just my preference, though.

I have never met an [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]…of any age. [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] is very common where I live-- generally Top 10-20 names are fairly common in most areas, but Top 100 names aren’t always. Sometimes they are regional.

To give you some perspective:
5,694 girls were named [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] in 2018. That’s less than half the number of girls named [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] (12,301)! And that’s out of the 3.79 million babies born that year. So…no, I wouldn’t say [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is too common…yet. It is gaining in popularity, to be sure, but I definitely think it depends on where you live. (At least, those are the stats for the US. Not sure on UK or Australia.)

Honestly, though, don’t dismiss a name you love because of popularity. Unless you know someone personally with a little [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], I think it’s totally usable!


Thanks! I will consider it seriously.

Thank you! I have no idea of the nickname of [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] so I came up with [name_f]Clara[/name_f]. But thanks for your opinion.

Thank you!

If this baby is a girl I plan to name her [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] (I live in NZ).

It’s in the bottom end of the top 100 here but I’m a teacher in NZ and I’ve never actually taught an [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] :woman_shrugging:t2: [name_f]My[/name_f] suspicion is that it’s perhaps a fairly common honour middle name after older family members because I only know two Eleanors under 40 and they both live in the UK.

Another thought is that lots of the [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]’s one hears could be [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] but don’t use their full name. This might be another reason why I don’t often hear the name (although it would show up on the school system as [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] if that was their legal name). Since we will be using the full name, or possibly [name_f]Nora[/name_f]/[name_f]Nell[/name_f], rather than [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] I don’t think it’s ranking on the lists is a reason to not use it.

I’ve only actually met one little [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f].

[name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] does seem like a good alternative

I only know two Eleanors, but both are over the age of 10. I don’t think it’s too popular at all, but if you want something unique then [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] and [name_f]Leonor[/name_f] are great! [name_f]Eleonore[/name_f] is nice, but is essentially the same name with potential spelling issues.

[name_f]Clara[/name_f] seems more of a standalone name than a nn to me, especially for [name_f]Clementine[/name_f]. Maybe [name_u]Clem[/name_u], [name_u]Clemmie[/name_u], [name_f]Emma[/name_f], [name_f]Emmie[/name_f], [name_f]Mimi[/name_f] or [name_f]Tina[/name_f]? I also love [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] as a nn for [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]!

I only know one [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], an adult. It’s in the top 100 here too (in Australia) but it doesn’t feel too popular at all. As a previous poster said, maybe some of those Ellies you hear are Eleanors but by using [name_f]Nell[/name_f]/[name_f]Nora[/name_f] (love [name_f]Nell[/name_f]) yours won’t fall into the mix of Ellies. I love the name [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] and would consider using it myself if I have another daughter (with the nickname [name_f]Nell[/name_f]). I also love [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] ‘[name_u]Clem[/name_u]’ ([name_f]Clara[/name_f] isn’t an intuitive nn to me) and [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], which was the main contender for my daughter’s name. [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] is a lovely nn, too. Great names!

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Thank you.

Thanks! [name_f]Emmie[/name_f] really appeals to me.

[name_u]Clem[/name_u] is lovely! Thanks!

I will say that I work with kids in the US, and I have met dozens of little girls named [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]/[name_f]Ellie[/name_f]/[name_f]Ella[/name_f]/[name_f]Nora[/name_f] recently. It’s a lovely name, but I do see it ALL the time. Maybe it’s just where I live? But it’s lost a little of the charm to me just because it’s so frequently used in my area.

Regardless, if you love it, you should use it!

I love [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]. I would go with [name_u]Clem[/name_u] or [name_f]Cleo[/name_f] as a nickname for [name_f]Clementine[/name_f], as [name_f]Clara[/name_f] is a completely different name to me. [name_f]Emmie[/name_f] works too, but I would prefer [name_u]Clem[/name_u]/[name_f]Cleo[/name_f] because they are more distinctive, and [name_f]Emma[/name_f]/[name_f]Emily[/name_f]/[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] is very common. [name_f]Tilly[/name_f] and [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] are great nicknames for [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]!

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[name_m]Hi[/name_m] there.

I think that we have similar taste. I love love [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]. I named my cat that when she was a teeny kitten fourteen years ago, & I didn’t realize how popular the name was back then. And it doesn’t really matter because she’s a cat. :blush: [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] & [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] are both on my top five list too. I think that [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is kind of too popular. I would personally use [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] nn [name_f]Nellie[/name_f] ([name_f]Nellie[/name_f] was my great grandmother, & it’s so so cute), because that would make it a little more unique. I think, anyway. A lot of Eleanors probably go by [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. I’m a nanny of a six year old, so I know all of the names at school & we go to playgrounds, children’s libraries, etc. a lot. I hear tons of names (and of course take note!), & I hear [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] fairly rarely. I’m in St. [name_m]Louis[/name_m] if that helps. It’s high on the SSA list though. Honestly, I hear [name_f]Nora[/name_f] way way more than [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] around here. I feel like every time we go to the children’s museum (you know, back when the world was normal & those things were open) I would hear three Noras every time.

As for [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] & [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], those are very cute for sisters! [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] nn [name_f]Clara[/name_f] is a bit of a stretch to me. [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] nn [name_f]Cleo[/name_f] or [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] maybe? [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] & [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] would really stand out. I personally prefer [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] nn [name_f]Millie[/name_f]. [name_f]Cleo[/name_f] & [name_f]Millie[/name_f] would be my vote for nns.

[name_f]Hope[/name_f] my rambling helps a bit. :slight_smile:

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[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is probably the most popular baby girl name in my state over the last 5-10 years (not necessarily ranking at number one at any specific year but in the top 10 that entire period.) I hear it everywhere. I have multiple acquaintances with children named [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. I still think it’s a lovely name, but too saturated for me to use as a first.
If you truly judt adore it you could go for a frillier variation like [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] or [name_f]Leanora[/name_f], but otherwise I’d consider it for a middle name option and seek out something a little less trendy for the first name. Both [name_f]Clementine[/name_f] and [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] are very familiar, popular even, but not anywhere near as saturated as [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] which makes them preferable for a first name in my mind.

I know a lot of Eleanors of various ages but many go by [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], [name_f]Elle[/name_f] ([name_f]El[/name_f]) and [name_f]Ella[/name_f]. I agree with you about it being a very popular name, Id say if you like it a lot but don’t like it being too popular is to change up the spelling slightly (Eléanor, [name_f]Elenore[/name_f], [name_f]Eleonora[/name_f], Éléonore, [name_f]Elinor[/name_f], [name_f]Elinore[/name_f], [name_f]Ellinore[/name_f], [name_f]Elynor[/name_f]) or maybe consider names like [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f] which is still almost [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] but with a slight difference and far less popular.

[name_f]Edit[/name_f]: But if you don’t want a more so alternative name and want to stick with the more classical names then i’d suggest sticking with [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] or considering a new name (Examples: [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f], [name_f]Kathleen[/name_f], [name_f]Isabel[/name_f]/[name_f]Isobel[/name_f]/[name_f]Isabelle[/name_f], [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f], [name_f]Victoria[/name_f], [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], [name_f]Fiona[/name_f], [name_f]Florence[/name_f], [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]/[name_f]Winnie[/name_f], [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f], [name_u]Ruby[/name_u], [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f])

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I live in the UK. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is quite common here, about 50th in the rankings. I w0uldnt say the name is too popular to be used - popular names are popular because a lot of people use them, that doesnt mean you can’t use them. However, it may be too popular for your taste.

[name_f]Tilda[/name_f] is a nice nickname for [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], but it is a brand of rice here. [name_f]Clara[/name_f] is cute.

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