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The exact Italian form of Alexa is "Alessia", not "Alessa"!
-- giocampa  1/9/2005
I love this as a nickname for Alessandra.
-- Mommy2B  5/24/2006
If you have twins, Alessa and Vanessa would be a good pick.
-- Taydbug112  12/7/2006
Wow. I was thinking the same thing Taydbug112!
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2007
I think Alessa is a beautiful name. I just love it :)
-- EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/18/2007
I've known two girls with that name and both were Greek. I would never have though it was Italian, and the first comment is right it is in fact Alessia.
-- Koolgal  3/28/2007
The source for this name comes from Alexandros, which is a Greek name. In Italian, Alessa is used as a nickname for Alessandra. The name is used in Italy, but is not of Italian origin.
-- sarahj  7/15/2007
I don't like "Al" for a girl's nickname and I hate the "less" in this name. I prefer "Alexa" in its place.
-- leananshae  12/19/2007
I love the name Alessandra and really like this nickname. But whenever I hear the name Alessa, I think of the little girl in the movie Silent Hill. Then again, there are people named Carrie and there is that Stephen King movie called Carrie so I guess it doesn't matter.
-- Fire1815  9/8/2008
Nice name over all, but there's a character in the video game series Silent Hill with this name that had some really bad stuff happen to her. But, I guess only a certain group of people would automatically equate it with that.
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2008
I love this name. It sounds so beautiful. I actually did hear it first in Silent Hill and it still reminds me of Silent Hill, but I don't care. I love this name.
-- Rachelgirl1989  11/17/2008
This is so beautiful!
-- Joy12  5/6/2011
Italian pronunciation for "Alessa":


"A" is as in "Father." The "E" in "Le" is very similar to "Hey" (minus the "H"). Both "SS"s must be pronounced-- which is most easily accomplished by placing extra emphasis on the letter before ("E"), and following smoothly through, lingering, until rounding it off the the second "A" (pronounced as the first). [noted -ed]
-- Francesca  9/3/2011
This name makes me a little sad because it's the Italian form of Alexa. (Alessia is Alexis you guys.) However, my name is Alyssa, a name that cannot be pronounced in Italian. Alessa is the closest to my name, but it doesn't actually MEAN my name.
-- EkiAku  5/18/2013
The name Alessa was given to 72 baby girls born in the US in 2012. I think it's a lot prettier than Alexa and Alyssa.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
Alessa Gillespie from Silent Hill! Great movie and great character btw! It's a cute name and it's not overused :)
-- firestar11  12/11/2015
Nope. Alessandra's nicks are ALESSIA and ALE. Alessa is never being used in Italy, and it's more egyptian.
-- Fancythough  4/25/2016

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