Oh wow i never heard of synesthesia before, i wish i had it it sounds so much more colourful.
Im really curious to see what you guys with synesthesia (if you don't mind me asking) feel or see with a name like Freya and March? (yes im shamelessly asking about my top names) i think id find names even more interesting if they had colour and texture.
i think synesthesia would make reading so very different to my experience.
A lot of names remind me of colours. For example:
Altalune - Pastel blue
Amadeus - Pastel yellow
Aradia - Dark pink
Loki - Dark green
Nephele - Purple
Phineas - Orange
Tecumseh - Light green
I don't have synesthesia, but am a poet, so all my fave names have an imagery to them.
Lumi - a crisp crystalline snowy day
Azure - despite being a word name meaning blue skies, to me it suggests spices, rich velvets, desert landscapes
Runa - carved stone and rough wool
Tamsin - fairy tales and dark forests
Isidor - knights and medieval gallentry
Luca - sunshine and long Italian meals amidst the grapevines
Magnus - candlelight and dark water, long boats and sandy shores
Cormac - a horse riding over moors, ruined castles
I think I prefer names that are clean. I can appreciate names that are heavier and more romantic, but when I think "I could name my kid that," it's usually a name that's simple, smooth, no frills. I find names like Santiago and Georgiana fun and exciting and they are on the list, but my die-hard favorites are ones like Dean, Clark, Jane, Adrian.
I am positively boring in comparison to most of you. Yes names definitely have a "feel" to me. Since childhood, I have had my face in a book. So names, have picked up feel, meaning, history to me. For girls, I love dainty, sweet, historic names. For boys, I like a plethora of styles.
To me, names have a weight, and good names are balanced. I have favourite first names, but that has little to do with the weight thing, as I can only really gauge the weight when I know the first, middle, and preferably last name.
It is better for names to be slightly too light than slightly too heavy. My own name is too heavy, I have a heavy last name, and my first name isn't light enough to compensate. This has annoyed me for a long time. Most of my relatives have more balanced names.
I love the fact that people have such strong imagery for names, I can invoke colours and imagery when asked to imagine but it doesn't come naturally. I more get a feeling or impression based on people, characters, styles, eras, sounds and feelings accociated (in my mind/ experience) with that name, and also the names meaning (although I don't think of meanings as strictly literal). And therefore meeting people can enhance or change that impression for me. I guess therefore my naming style is names that give an impression (for me) that match my values, beliefs etc.
however my children's names are/ will be a compromise with my DH and so that effects which names get used IRL too.
I wish I had synesthesia. Have from the moment I heard of it.
But alack the day, I do not. I do associate most names with certain colors, textures, and scenes, though.
Oriana - Blueish-lavender mist, the part of a sunset that's transitioning into dark night sky
Aviva - Bright blue and magenta flowers
Susanna - Purple calico
Pandora - A wave
Emrys - A very dark forest, the smell of pine
Ferdinand - Shiny, blue, slippery
Kieran - A mossy cliff
Julian - A squiggly line like a sound wave, royalness
Going through my list and doing this has made me realize that all my favorite names are cool colors. Hmmm. I suppose that makes sense, because I prefer cool colors in general.
This would make a great name game! Names most definitely give me impressions. From emotions to places, colors, and experiences I find all sorts of ways to experience them.
Iantha is powder blue and lavender. She is of the spring and filled with joy.
Ilaria is golden, a warm desert. She seems unattainable, light as a feather.
Elowen is grounded. She is green and earthy. She walks firmly but in a breeze with purpose and strength.
Avalon is open and beautiful. She is a prism reflecting color and light, clear and lucid.
Ambrose is sweet. He is antiqued red. He holds the world but is gracious and kind.
Emrys is connected to others. He lives in the trees and on the wind. He is a whisper in the night.
Walter is mischievous but good natured. He is blue, bright blue, full of life though a little offbeat. He is the most out of place with my other names but still has vintage feel like most of the others.
Words, particularly names, feel like they have temperatures to me. It's as close as I come to any kind of synesthesia. I tend to favor warm names for boys, cool names for girls, and I usually really dislike names that go to extremes...too hot (Nolan, Zachary) or too icey cold (Victoria, Persephone).
I always think it's fun how different people's name imagery can be. :)