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Early Origins of the Elinor family

The surname Elinor 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 Elinor family

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Elinor Spelling Variations

Elinor has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Ellenor, Eleaner, Eleanor, Ellnor, Elnor, Ellenor, Ellener, Elliner, Eliner, Ellnor and many more.

Early Notables of the Elinor family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Elinor family to the New World and Oceana

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Elinors to arrive on North American shores: John Eleanor, who came to Ontario in 1818.

Contemporary Notables of the name Elinor (post 1700)

  • Rose Elinor Dougall (b. 1986), English singer, songwriter and musician
  • Margaret Elinor Hubble (1914-2006), British radio broadcaster, presenter of Woman's Hour in the 1950s
  • Elinor Mary Darwin (1879-1954), Irish born illustrator, engraver and portrait painter
  • Elinor Whidden, Canadian artist
  • Elinor Armer (b. 1939), American pianist, music educator and composer
  • Elinor Caplan PC (b. 1944), Canadian retired politician and businesswoman in Ontario, Member of Parliament for Thornhill (1997-2004)
  • Elinor Fair (1903-1957), American motion picture actress
  • Elinor Hoyt Wylie (1885-1928), American author popular in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Elinor Ochs, American linguistic anthropologist, and professor of Anthropology
  • Elinor Ostrom Ph.D. (1933-2012), American political scientist and co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

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