Leonora \le(o)-no-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced lee-a-NOR-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Leonora is "compassion; light". Variant of Eleanor. Literary: Lenore was the lady lost forever in Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven". The name was used for the heroine of three major operas "Fidelio", "Il Trovatore", and "La Favorita".