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My name is Elisa, and I really like it apart from the fact that it's hard for people to remember or pronounce straight away. I get called Alyssa, Eliza, Elise, Elsa, Elsie and Ailsa. It is pronounced the same as 'Lisa' with an 'E' on the front, ie: el-ee-sah.

When I was in Italy and Spain and began spelling out my name to people (as is my habit), they were slightly offended because it's a common name in Europe. The 's' is pronounced more like a 'z' though, ie: el-ee-zah.
ellery23  10/21/2005
My name is Elisa and I love it, often mis-pronounced but when it is pronounced correctly, Lisa with an E on the front, it is strong, attractive and distinct.
garthbrooks  1/25/2006
My friend's name is Elisa but she pronounces it el eez ah.
bjd1994rts  2/15/2006
Elisa as most of the names started with "eli" comes from the Hebrew "Elyasa" and it means with the help of god.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2006
Elisa is one of my favorite names! I think it is so pretty, and I like the middle name Charlotte with Elisa. Elisa Charlotte!
ekatz7  6/23/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Elisa here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
I don't really like this name, I used to but now I know someone not very nice with this name. It was very pretty BEFORE though.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2006
One of my best friends' name is Elisa. We pronounce it a-LEE-sa. She gets called Alise, Eliza, Alyssa, and a bunch of other names. Her real name is not Elisabeth though, just Elisa.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2006
I went to school with a lovely girl called Eliisa, I love the name. She spelt it with double 'i' in the middle which I really like.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2006
Elisa di Rivombrosa, anyone?
― Anonymous User  2/19/2007
I think it is a wonderful name! It's very pretty and old fashioned. My name is Elysa with a y. I think spelling it like that makes it even more pretty and unique.
elysa  3/14/2007
This name is pronounced Eh-lee-sah in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
BornOnRoshHashanah  6/7/2008
I think the name's very pretty, I like it much better than like Alicia.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2009
This name actually comes from Greek mythology, Elysian fields meaning "most beautiful" because in the underworld there were four places and this was the second level of heaven and it was said to be the most beautiful place like anywhere.

This name doesn't have to be short for Elisabeth either! It can be just plain Elisa on the birth certificate, which I personally prefer.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2009
Napoleon Bonaparte had a younger sister named Elisa Bonaparte (1777-1820). She was the Grand Duchess of Tuscany and named her only daughter Elisa as well.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2009
I prefer this name to Elise. Pronounced el-EE-sa, I think it is a pretty name, and I find it strange that I dislike the name Lisa when I like this name. This would be a good nickname for Elizabeth, more original than Liz or Beth.
britto08  11/27/2009
Much prettier than Lisa or Alyssa!
Oohvintage  1/28/2013
The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
I pronounce my daughter's name El-I-Sa in the United Kingdom.
DAWSYSGIRL81  4/6/2016
Elisa is also a Spanish name meaning "consecrated to God". It is also of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my vow."
JemimaP1  10/19/2016
My name is Elisa and people call me Alisa and I'm Italian and I love it so much. It's a really great name.
ElisaAdrianna  11/8/2016
Elisa Carrió is an Argentine lawyer, professor and politician, who is an Argentine National Deputy for Buenos Aires. She was the founder of the Argentine political party Civic Coalition ARI (Coalición Cívica ARI).
lilolaf  2/1/2017
Very common in Italy in the 80s and 90s, this name is slowly falling out of favor and has now left the top 10 of most common girls names in Italy.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2017
My name is Elisa- I love it... There is actually two films with this name not one as stated on your site. The first one was released in the 70's. An Argentinian love story called "Para Elisa" the lead actor's name is Sandro who was and still is a worldwide loved and famous singer from that era. There is also the title song for the movie, also called "Para Elisa".
bluedane3  6/22/2017

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