I have a boring name. “Lisa” was the most popular baby name the year I was born. I was never the only Lisa in my class.
Then I went and married a man named “Davis.”
Now that I’m all grown up, there’s always another mom around named Lisa, at school or church or waiting for her name to be called at Starbucks.
If I’m in a crowded room and introductions are being made, chances are I will be introduced to another Lisa, and one or both of us will say, “Well, that’ll be easy to remember.”
“Lisa” is one of the many, many names derived from “Elizabeth,” the queen of names. Others include Elly, Ellen, Elsa, Elsie, Ellise, Lily, Libby, Lizzy, Liz, Leeza, Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Betty and Buffy.
“Elizabeth” has been one of the Top 10 girl names in America for nigh on 100 years.
The name itself dates back much further. The ancient Greeks used the name Elisabet, based on the ancient Hebrew name Elisheva, which means “My God is an oath” or “My God is abundance.”
The Urban Dictionary defines “Lisa” as “the most beautiful girl you’ll ever see in your life. Has a unique personality, is intelligent and caring, and her beautiful eyes, bright smile and sexy body are just a bonus. She’s the type of girl who’s loyal even if it’s a long-distance relationship, and won’t ever forget your birthday, anniversaries, and so on. She genuinely cares about you and will always support you. Definitely the type of girl you’ll want to spend the rest of your life with.”
I’m blushing. But I have to admit, that’s not true. I’m bad at remembering birthdays and anniversaries.
By one estimate there are 1.6 million people named Lisa in the United States.
All those Lisas, and yet there really aren’t a whole lot of famous ones, besides that smiley woman that Leonardo da Vinci painted.
Beethoven wrote a really sad song “Fur Elise.”
Elvis had a daughter named Lisa.
There’s Lisa Kudrow from “Friends,” and Lisa Bonet from that show starring He-Who-Must-No-Longer-Be-Named.
Leeza Gibbons is a well-known talk-show host, but we’re not going to count her because she spells it cute.
In Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” Lisa Bolkonskaya is a cute, charming princess.
In the 1985 movie “Weird Science,” two teenage boys create the perfect woman. Her name is Lisa.
And then there’s Lisa Simpson, the heart and soul of “The Simpsons,” precocious, compassionate, musically talented and smarter than anybody else in the room.
Take that, Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava and Isabella, you most popular girl baby names of 2017.
Unless you’re trying to write a poem about us, because nothing rhymes with this name. It’s hard to please a Lisa.
Lisa Davis is Features Editor of The Anniston Star. Contact her at 256-235-3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.