The woman behind the name
So, my name's not really Ellie.
My name is actually Eliesa Marie Hamilton.
I was born in 1991 and my favorite color is yellow.
I changed my college major 9 times.
I can eat popcorn like it's my job.
nothing sets my soul on fire more than human connection.
So what's in a name?
The truth us, I've bucked against my identity for two and a half decades. #existentialcrisismuch?
The nickname "Ellie" comes from a need in my mid-teens to:
1) separate myself from my "childhood" name, which felt like it carried with it painful memories of a traumatic upbringing, and
2) release the general public from butchering the pronunciation of my birth name, Eliesa.
The add-on "Adelina" came around later, and you can read more about that here.
(Fun fact: for a minute, my last name was Rockhill, because I was once married, but I'm not married anymore. And someday, I'll marry again I'm sure, and once again, the old last name will have a switcheroo, cuz i like it that way, the whole "mrs" thang.)
"Eliesa" doesn't carry the same weight in my heart like it once did, and I love the ring of "Ellie Adelina," so that's the name that sticks around.
As my pappap would say, you can call me whatever you want, just don't call me late for dinner.
Anyway, welcome to my space on the internet.