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PronouncedPron.AL-i-sən English

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.
VariantsAllison, Allyson, Alyson English
DiminutivesAli, Allie, Ally English
Other Languages & CulturesKalisha, 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   Contribute