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Elinor

Posted in Miscellany by netscheri on September 24, 2007

Variant of ‘Eleanor’. From the French form of the Provençal name Alienor. It was borne by Eleanor of Aquitaine (12th century), the wife of both Louis VII, the king of France, and Henry II, the king of England. She was named Aenor after her mother, and was called by the Provençal phrase alia Aenor “the other Aenor” in order to distinguish her from her mother.

– It’s a lovely name, and I much prefer this variant to the more common ‘Eleanor’. Yet I find that there’s something sad about how the name ‘Elinor’, with a name being one of the defining elements of a person, does not entirely belong to itself, instead coming from another name and person.

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