I am not sure what's the difference between elisp and emacs-lisp. In my environment, both work for elisp code but I did not found elisp from the load language list:

#+BEGIN_SRC elisp :results output
(print org-babel-load-languages)

: ((emacs-lisp . t) (python . t) (ipython . t) (plantuml . t) (dot . t) (calc . t) (C . t) (latex . t) (sqlite . t) (java . t) (shell . t))
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    Elisp is Emacs Lisp. The preferred name is apparently Emacs Lisp, but the menu item in Info for the manual is named Elisp.
    – Drew
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 19:53

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This works because the function org-babel-execute:elisp exists. Looking at the help for that function shows

org-babel-execute:elisp is an alias for ‘org-babel-execute:emacs-lisp’ in ‘ob-emacs-lisp.el’.

(org-babel-execute:elisp BODY PARAMS)

Execute a block of emacs-lisp code with Babel.

So emacs-lisp is the "real" name and elisp is just a convenient shorthand. You could make more such shortcuts using defalias. For example to have "py" source blocks instead of "python" use

(defalias 'org-babel-execute:py 'org-babel-execute:python)

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