Given Name ALISON

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: AL-i-sən (English), A-LEE-SAWN (French)  [details]

Meaning & History

Norman French diminutive of Aalis (see ALICE). It was common in England, Scotland and France in the Middle Ages, and was later revived in England in the 20th century via Scotland. Unlike most other English names ending in son, it is not derived from a surname.
VARIANTS: Allison, Allyson, Alyson (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Ali, Allie, Ally (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Kalisha, Talisha (African American), Adalheidis, Adelais (Ancient Germanic), Alisa (Bosnian), Alícia (Catalan), Heidi (Danish), Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida (Dutch), Aliisa, Alisa, Alli, Heidi (Finnish), Elke (Frisian), Adelheid, Ada, Alida, Heida, Heidi (German), Aliki, Kiki (Greek), Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz (Hungarian), Ailís (Irish), Adelaide, Alice, Ada (Italian), Alise (Latvian), Aalis (Medieval French), Heidi (Norwegian), Adelajda, Alicja, Ada (Polish), Adelaide, Alice, Alícia (Portuguese), Alisa (Russian), Aileas (Scottish), Alica (Slovak), Adelaida, Alicia (Spanish), Alicia, Heidi (Swedish), Alisa (Ukrainian), Alis (Welsh)

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Entry updated December 8, 2017