Synaesthete Corner


It’s Monday again, which means it’s color time!

I’m starting to run out of colors that I have a lot of names for, so these posts may be seeing smaller lists, just to let you know. Also, a lot of them are unique (like Isaac; silver red), so I can’t do a post on just one name!

Anyway, pink names:

Girls

  • Felicity
  • Flora
  • Florence (nasty pink, though. Orangey and gross)
  • Jane
  • Petra (partially; green as well)
  • Rosalind, Rosemary, Rose, etc.
  • Pomeline (purple and pink)
  • Corinna (purple pink)
  • Cora

Boys

  • Leslie (Brown-pink)

Damn social conditioning! I don’t have any pink boys’ names I can think of at the moment. shame, really, because I do like delicate rose pink names.

I’ve also got a question for all you synaesthetes out there. I was doing my German homework, and we were learning colors. We had to write what color I associated with certain nouns/verbs, but I kept having problems. Example: langweilig. Means “boring,” so they were going for beige or something like that. I had so much trouble, since it’s a green word! Anyone else ever have similar problems?

What are your pink names? Do you find that you have many more for girls than boys?

I’ve neglected the Monday serial, but I’ll try to pay more attention in the future. Today’s post is on brown names. Usually I have red-undertoned mahogany names on my lists, so they’re really beautiful, instead of poo brown. Like this:

Beautiful, no? Let’s do the lists!

Girls

  • Hazel
  • Harriet
  • Philippa
  • Róisín
  • Roberta

Boys

  • Laurence/Laurent
  • Richard
  • Rowan
  • Reuben
  • Robert
  • Robin
  • Russell

Seems like a lor of R names. Beloved Rufus also falls ever so slightly into this category as well. In fact, a lot of my “red” names can be double-categorized into brown as well. Like I said, they’re mostly shades of reddish mahogany.

What are your brown names?

Well, I’ve finally decided to name the weekly; All Monday synaesthesia posts will now be categorized as “Synaesthete Corner.”

This week we’ll be discussing purple names. I have a decnt amount of these, though many are tinged with pink or are sort of this reddish purple color, which I’ve described before as pomegranate but doesn’t seem to be the normal color of pomegranate seeds. (The color I meant was darker, but I seem to have seen some bizarre pomegranates.) Ah! It’s blood oranges I was thinking of. Anyway, let’s do the lists!

Girls

  • Corinna (Splotchy purple and pink)
  • Iris
  • Viola
  • Vivian
  • Viviana
  • Pomeline
  • Agnes
  • Agatha
  • Heather

Boys

  • Virgil

Not as many as I thought, overall, but  a decent list. I guess purple isn’t very manly! Vs tend to be purple, but only in certain circumstances…hmm. I don’t see too much a rhyme or reason.

What are your purple names?

Well, it’s that time of the week again, so let’s get to it. Yellow names, as you can tell, are the subject of interest this Monday. I don’t have a ton on my lists, but maybe I’ll remember some more as I go along. I’ll be including golds, too, since I know I have at least one gold name off the top of my head. They’re definitely richer and more sedate than the bright yellow names I have, which generally give off a sunny and happy feeling, quite predictably. Well, let’s see the lists!

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I’m feeling quite a bit better. Cold had me knocked on my bum for a day or two, though.  Runny nose = DO NOT WANT. Thanks for the well wishes!

Since it’s Monday, it’s time for another synaesthesia post! Yay! I think today we’ll be seasonal and do red, especially since green was last week’s post. Of course, I don’t know how seasonal it is to people who don’t celebrate Christmas (I do, but in a secular “all about family and gifts” way). Actually, that’s an interesting point; are red and green seasonal to everyone? I don’t think they have anything to do with Jesus, right?

Anyway, I’ve read that for most synaesthetes, A names are red. Now, I have to agree with this generalization. A lot of A names are red to me, although not all A names are red and not all red names are As! I think this phenomenon has at least two explanations: One, A is often represented by a red apple in learn to read books, and two, red is a really powerful color, an alpha color, if you will. My red names, after the jump:
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Well, since my post on blue names got a good reception, I’ve decided to make it a weekly serial type of thing, to be done on Mondays. Since I don’t usually discuss my color perception too much, I think condensing it into a post a week gives synasthetes something to talk about without alienating the rest of you guys too much. 😀 Be sure to let me know what you think!

The color of choice for synaesthete corner this week will be green, my personal favorite. It’s just so beautifully naturey and wonderful. I don’t have a lot of green names on my lists, and many of them start with Gr-, an all too obvious connection that throws me into doubt about whether these are actual brainwaves or just associations. I don’t see all names/words in color anyway, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Here we go!

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I recently turned 19, which is a blue age to my brain. I thought it might be fun to do a post on names that are similarly colored. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, google synaesthesia and all will become clear. There is also a link to the wiki page in my first post about the Rose names.

So the blue of 19 is a dark, but maybe not navy, blue. See the blue of the ocean? That’s pretty much it. I have some blue names on my list, but this rich shade is a bit more rare, and usually it’s in conjunction with blonde hair. I think it’s from reading too much Little House on the Prairie as a kid; Laura always had to wear red while her sister Mary wore blue to go with her blonde hair. I remember them switching ribbons and getting in trouble with Pa. I loved those books an abnormal amount. Anyway, the names I can think of with a similar hue to nineteen:

  • Mary (probably due to the Virgin always being depicted with blue robes)
  • Lucy (No clue why, but it’s a lovely, lovely, shade)
  • Blythe
  • Zenaida (off of Lola’s lists, it’s more of a navy though, quite a bit darker)
  • Beatrix
  • Dahlia
  • Henry/Hank
  • Neil

And some blues that aren’t so dark:

  • Dorothy/Dorothea (a light, cornflower blue)
  • Milagros (blue/seafoam green, very ocean-y)
  • Muriel (same as Milagros)
  • Philomena (baby blue)
  • Sanne
  • Susannah
  • Zelda
  • Benedict
  • Hugo
  • Leopold
  • Paul
  • William
  • Lucinda
  • Elinor (this spelling only)

There seems to be no rhyme and reason to my synaesthesia, which often leaves me to wonder if that’s what it actually is, or if it’s just associations. But I have no association that would make many of these names blue. I call it “synaesthesia light.” Anyway, the color of nineteen might explain why I love Lucy so much lately; I’ve definitely been giving it a lot of thought, along with Lucinda, which isn’t so dark as Lucy, but a nice light blue. Some combos may be forthcoming, but I’m not sure about that. I haven’t been able to get my lists here and am sort of bereft without them. I haven’t been in much of a combo making mood lately.

What are your “blue” names? Where do our lists differ? If you’re not synaesthetic, what do you think of the names on this list? Like them, don’t? See any common thread?

And I’d also like to take this opportunity to implore any lurkers to comment! I won’t bite, I promise, and you must be pretty cool since you’re reading my blog in the first place. Stay a while! 🙂