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Early Origins of the Eleanor family

The surname Eleanor was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Hugh, son of Elyenor held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Eleanor family

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Eleanor Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eleanor include Ellenor, Eleaner, Eleanor, Ellnor, Elnor, Ellenor, Ellener, Elliner, Eliner, Ellnor and many more.

Early Notables of the Eleanor family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Eleanor family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eleanor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Eleanor, who settled in Ontario in 1818

Contemporary Notables of the name Eleanor (post 1700)

  • Dame Rachel Eleanor Crowdy DBE (1884-1964), English nurse and social reformer, Principal Commandant of Voluntary Aid Detachments in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1919
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American Democrat politician, Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, 1945-53; Member, United Nations Commission on Human Rights; Newspaper columnist; Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1952, 1956, 1960;
  • Estrella Eleanor Carothers (1882-1957), American zoologist, geneticist, and cytologist known for her work with grasshoppers
  • Olive Eleanor Custance (1874-1944), British poet, wife of Lord Alfred Douglas
  • Lana Eleanor Cantrell AM (b. 1943), Australian Grammy Award nominated singer and entertainment lawyer
  • Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe (1881-1973), British suffragette, socialist, trade unionist and editor
  • Alice Eleanor Cossey (1879-1970), New Zealand tailoress and union leader from Drury, Auckland
  • Dr. Mary Eleanor Gillham (b. 1921), English naturalist, university lecturer, and writer
  • Mildred Eleanor Deegan (1919-2002), American pitcher, outfielder and second basewoman
  • Clara Eleanor Longworth de Chambrun (1873-1954), American patron of the arts

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