About the name Eleanor
Eleanor is sometimes considered to be a variant of Helen, a name of Greek origin meaning "sun ray" or "shining light" and there may be some connection to the Greek eleos meaning "compassion". Eleanor first appears as a varient of the name Alienor, which, through many variations, ultimately might mean something like "wealth and fame".
A reader has suggested that Eleanor comes from the Arabic Allah meaning "God" and Noor/ meaning "light" and this could be a possibility as well. It's not Pagan, obviously, but there it is.
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