Wonder how different my life would be if my parents had named me JaydienIt reminded me of something similar I tweeted a while back:
— Ricky (@rickdawg00) August 13, 2013
I think if my name were Chloe my life would be entirely different.You can do this with any name I guess; would be weird to be named Myrtle or Dave. But "Chloe" in particular, I feel, gives me uncanny feelings, I think because it's just similar enough to Elisa in terms of basic characteristics (squarely feminine, vaguely European, not deeply tied to any historical period) and just different enough in effect. You see, a "Chloe" seems always to be first and foremost aesthetic — I expect Chloes to be beautiful, perhaps ethereally beautiful, delicate, artistic. Probably sexy, but at least sensual. I don't think of myself as a Chloe at all. But if I were named Chloe, would I think of myself that way?
— Elisa Gabbert (@egabbert) June 8, 2013
This also reminds me of the Name-Letter Effect: "your subconscious preference for things that sound like your own name." In other words, people whose names start with a C are more likely to live in California or drink Coke instead of Pepsi. If your last name is Law, you're more likely to become a lawyer than the average person, etc. (Oddly, I've always hated brand names that start with E.)
Anyway, quick poll: I have no idea, really, what connotations the name "Elisa" has, since I'm too close to it. The first time you heard my name, or met another Elisa, what expectations did that create? What does "Elisa" mean to you?