As I was browsing headlines the other day, this title at LiveScience.com caught my attention:
How does someone’s name match their face, I wondered?
As it turns out, studies show that people tend to think:
- Names with “rounder-sounding” vowels such as “u” and “o,” that are pronounced with rounded lips, go better with people who have a rounder face, puffier lips, and so on.
- Names with “sharper-sounding” vowels such as “e” and “I” go better with people who have a more angular face and thinner lips.
For further fascinating details on these findings, including how having a name that matches the face can help politicians win elections, see the linked article.
For me though, as a lifelong aficionado of the spiritual writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), the story had yet another fascination. You see, two and a half centuries ago Swedenborg connected the “rounder” and “sharper” vowels to the character types of the two main types of angels.