Top 100 baby names number 74

I thought it would be fun to look at the top 100 boys and girls names from last year.  I am doing a series on these with their meanings. Enjoy!

Today we have the number 74s -  Eleanor and Elliot.  

Eleanor (French - Provencal) 

 Seal of Eleanor of Aquitane

Seal of Eleanor of Aquitane

Eleanor's my sister's name and a favourite of mine. I thought it was related to the Greek Helen, but it turns out I was wrong. Eleanor seems to come from the phrase alia Aenor, meaning 'the other Aenor'. This was the name everyone used for the young Eleanor of Aquitane (baptised Aenor), to distinguish her from her mother who was also called Aenor. Being 'the other Aenor' doesn't seem to have done Eleanor of Aquitane any harm, she went on to be one of the most powerful women in European history, ruling as the queen of Louis VII of France and later Henry II of England.

The meaning of the name Aenor is lost.

 

Elliot (English/Scottish/Breton)

 The Elliot Water, Angus, Scotland (frozen over). By Derek Robertson, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Elliot Water, Angus, Scotland (frozen over). By Derek Robertson, CC BY-SA 2.0

Wait a minute, I hear you say, didn't we just have Elliott? Yes we did! EllioTT was number 79. EllioT however is 74, because that's how this list works. Since I've already covered the meaning of the Elliott, or rather attempted to, here's a little poem about all the spellings of the name, which I quite enjoyed.

The double L and single T

Descent from Minto and Wolflee,

The double T and single L

Mark the old race in Stobs that dwell.

The single L and single T

The Eliots of St Germans be,

But double T and double L,

Who they are nobody can tell.