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Alison means 'famous fighter'.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2005
Means "Of Sacred Memory". It's also a feminine form of Aloysius. It's also Scottish for Louise. The Americanized version is "Allison".
-- Alison22  2/20/2005
I never liked the name Alison, to be honest. I just don´t like the fact that it has the word "son" in it and I also don´t like the nickname Ally. Alice and Alicia are more beautiful, in my opinion. I dislike Allison even more, though.
-- Destry  4/14/2005
I didn't like my name when I was younger but as I grew older I learned to appeciate it. It is a beautiful name. I am not the only one that feels this way.
-- Anonymous User  5/21/2005
I love this name. It's actually my aunt's name and it's also the name of the girl in The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks. In the actual book, her name is Allison Nelson and in the movie, her name is Allison Hamilton.
-- scorpio93  6/14/2005
The "son" makes it sound more masculine in my opinion. I would name my son this.
-- mariej2  6/27/2005
So, you're all saying Alison seems like a masculine name just because of the word son. So why don't you all say that Sherman or Sheridan should be feminine names because they have the word she in them?
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2008
I know Alison to mean 'of noble kind' and just because it has 'son' on the end does not make it masculine. Whoever heard something so ridiculous? I like it as it is not such a common, boring name. It is rarer than others making it more special!
-- Milkshake  7/2/2005
Alison can also mean truth.
-- angelgurl  7/3/2005
I've had the name for 38 yrs. While I have similar dislike issues of the aesthetics, similar to those others have mentioned, my biggest problem has been with preconceived notions others have of those who are named Al(l)i/yson. It seems there is whole contingent of people out there thinking Alisons are aloof, unfriendly, even snotty. They clearly have not met me :) but it was one of those things. (I no longer care). I chose a name for my daughter that not only has great meaning and is aesthetically beautiful, it ranked high in friendliness, intelligence, and was liked by many in a name survey. She is all of those things and more.
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2005
Gwyneth Paltrow's and Chris Martin's daughter's middle name is Alison.
-- Anonymous User  10/28/2005
Alison is a beautiful classic name, just as pretty as Alice. Both names sound good for someone of any age, not too modern or old fashioned.
-- Dogsy  1/16/2006
I like that Allison, despite having the 'son' at the end, was always in use for females, unlike Madison.
-- kanine  2/6/2006
I like this name. I don't really notice the 'son' on the end. Maybe it's just the town accent or something but around where I live we all pronounced it 'al/is/en". Maybe we just can't talk right, I don't know. lol.
-- KatrinaLee  3/31/2006
I really like this name. I think though I like the spelling Allison better. Either or, it is a great name.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I think this name in its full form is quite noble and beautiful, but it always seems to get shortened. I prefer this variation over the double-L spelling, which has always seemed less mature to me. My sister's name is Alison, and we spell her nickname "Ali" instead of the usual "Ally."
-- Xandaerin  4/27/2006
Okay. Most of the comments on this name's history and meaning are totally incorrect. Adelais, meaning "noble kind, " eventually morphed into the French/English Alice, and Alison is a medieval form of that name. The end.
-- Anonymous User  5/14/2006
My name is Alison and has been for the last 15 years. I plan on changing it but then again I may not because where I live it's not a very common name!
-- lolaog_5  8/31/2006
Alison Demdike was One of the Pendle Witches who murdered a number of people with Witchcraft. She was tried and hanged, hope it doesn't put anyone off LOL.
-- Anonymous User  9/5/2006
I love the spelling: Alison. This is because it is different than the usual double l spelling. I also like the nickname: Ali. The name sounds very smart, unique, and mature.
-- Anonymous User  10/14/2006
Actually, Alison was originally a boys name (it meaning, quite obviously, Alice's son). It eventually became unisex and is now rarely used for boys.
-- Tacyla  11/20/2006
Actually, it's always been female. It's the Norman French form of Alice, so the -son ending doesn't mean "son of".
-- WhitePhantom  12/7/2006
Tacyla you are incorrect. Alison does not mean Alice's son and in fact it quite made me laugh. Does Madison mean son of Madi? hahaha. Anyway, Alison was a Medieval nickname of Alice revived in recent times. It's beautiful.
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2007
Alison comes from a diminuitive of Alice, hence Alison. The '-son' in this case does not denote anyone's son. However, in the case of Madison, it actually DOES have a 'son of' origin, the son of 'Mad' (from Matthew) or 'Maud,' and it was of course first a surname from this derivation, while Alison has always been a prename.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
I think Alison is not that great of a name, I just don't like it. There are 3 Alisons in my grade, out of like 220 or something students. They are all very snobby and think they're all that when they're not, I still think the name is okay though. And I really love the nickname Ally. It's really cute.
-- minikupcake  1/24/2007
I think the name Alison reminds me of clear blue water and the sunshine, it would make a really pretty name for a girl with light tones (blond hair and blue eyes). I love the name!
-- calli_gurl13  1/26/2007
I have a friend named Alison. It is a French name which is a mix between the name Alice and Louise. Therefore, I believe it should be spelt Alison, with one L and an I. I nickname my friend Ali.
-- Clodagh  4/9/2007
This name does not mean "son of". It is just a form of the name Alice.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Alison looks like Ally son, so it seems masculine, but it's feminine.
-- Mr.Pretty Kitty  5/9/2007
Alison Goldfrapp is the lead singer of the band named Goldfrapp.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2007
I really like this name. This spelling is much better than the double L spelling more common in the US. I would consider this name for a daughter, especially since Elvis Costello's beautiful song 'Alison' is a lovely connotation.
-- cati15  11/4/2007
:D Excellent name. For a girl. Who on earth would name their poor son this?!? I like the nickname Alli for Alison. I don't mean to offend men named this, but this name sounds horrible on a man.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2007
Oh come on! Since when did having 'son' on the end of a name make it masculine? I've never met a guy called Alison. I think Alison is a beautiful name.
-- Trusted by none  12/30/2007
Don't like this spelling. I've had an Alyson in my house for 13 years, so this spelling or any other spelling besides Alyson and Allyson look weird.
-- California_Eli  2/18/2008
This name is ridiculous on a boy. Just because it has -son on the end, like Madison or Addison, does NOT make it masculine.

On another note, I'm not too fond of this name. I prefer this spelling to others like Allison, Alyson, and Allyson, but I also much prefer older forms of Alison like Alice and Adelaide.
-- Skittsie13  2/19/2008
I, too, know an Alison who I find to be a bit snobby, but that should not turn one off from the name. Yet I do acknowledge that, in writing, it looks a bit masculine, though I do not find it to be so when pronounced.

An easy solution to this is simply to respell it as Al(l)ison(n)e.

The name would sound like [ɑlisɔ̃] in its original French spelling, and one does not hear the "n" at all. If someone were to bear my respelling of the name, however, it would actually sound like [ɑliso:n] instead.
-- Bastien Rosier  2/29/2008
So let me get this straight. Even thought Alison has SON at the end it's still a feminine name, while names like Madison and Addison are male while having the same ending? Something's wrong here. Since this name has the same ending (son) as Addison and Madison, and the other two are considered as "Male" names, then Alison and Allison should be considered as "male" names too. They all have the same ending, so why shouldn't they "all be for the same gender". If only boys should have the names MadiSON and AddiSON, only boys should have the name AliSON and AlliSON too. It just doesn't make any sense. Anyway. Not a fan of this name. Especially not since it has risen too high on the popularity charts.
-- Ivy Reese  3/24/2008
Alison is a medieval form of Alice, and BOTH are feminine. Madison and Addison, on the other hand, mean "SON of Maud" and "SON of Adam," respectively. They're masculine. Just because a name has the same ending as another name, doesn't mean they're for the same gender!
-- Skittsie13  3/24/2008
Despite being very common, this sounds like the name of some very cool, spunky, intelligent, sexy, sort of unconventional woman with dark hair, gorgeous eyes, and a great body, who isn't afraid to speak her mind and who'll defend her progressive beliefs without giving any sort of special treatment for people from different cultures etc. I hate the nickname Ally, though, and Al sounds like the name of a middle-aged guy. The name sounds strictly feminine to me despite the ending -son. As far as I know, it was never meant to mean ''son of (whoever)''. Not in this case, that is. But the name really is overused.
-- slight night shiver  5/14/2008
The track Alison is a gorgeous shoegaze classic by the band Slowdive.
-- slight night shiver  5/14/2008
Alison Lohman plays as Katy McLaughlin in the hit movie for young girls, "Flicka".
-- Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
American-Czech actress Alison Cynthia Veselá, born 23. July 1957, Long Beach, California.
-- Emilie007  8/26/2008
I think Alison is less common than Alice.
-- Hushpuppy  9/30/2008
It might be Medieval French, but it certainly isn't anymore. It came back into fashion as a purely Anglosaxon name, like Jennifer, Jessica and so on.
-- luxsword  10/24/2008
The SON ending doesn't bother me. If you like it, you like it - just please don't name her Alisyn!
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2008
Just as Marion is a medieval French diminutive of Marie, so Alison is of Alice. If we look at it as Alis-on rather than Ali-son we can better appreciate why it's clearly not a name with masculine origins or a masculine vibe. The masculine origins if Addison, Emerson, Madison, by contrast, cannot be denied. Alison is sweet - those surnamey ones are far less suitable for a girl.
-- Jonquil  4/12/2009
As a last name, Allison (and its variants) MAY have a different origin than the feminine first name--at least some sources indicate a (possible) "son of Alec" or some other "Al--" name). The single l spelling is obviously more closely linked to Alice (it's source name, according to most sources). The poster who compared the "-on" ending to that of "Marion" was quite right to do so. Of course, there are masculine Marions as well. (John Wayne was one of them--but of course, he was quick to change it.)
-- gbcallahan  7/4/2009
I'm surprised that Alison wasn't a boys name as it sounds quite masculine as 'Ali' is a males name and 'son' is the masculine bit. People keep on saying Madison was for boys but it sounds so feminine compared to Alison which directly has the boys name 'Ali' in it!
-- Anonymous User  2/9/2010
You are linking 2 names with completely different origins. Ali is arabic and Alison comes from the old spelling of Alice (Alis) combined with the 'on' ending. The S is linked with the first part of the name and not the end of it, making it Alis-on rather than Ali Son.
-- Toomra  8/29/2010
I never knew this was such an old name until I read The Canterbury Tales. Alison is the name of The Wife of Bath. I didn't used to like this name due to it being the name of a girl I hated in elementary school, but now it's starting to grow on me. I prefer this spelling to Allison.
-- Anonymous User  6/2/2010
This is my name, and although I used to think it was boring and ordinary, I've come to love it! The way I've heard its meaning is "of noble birth". I'll admit, I know several other Alisons who are complete snobs. I think a name and what it means makes an impression on your character. I can assure you that I am not stuck up, & I prefer to think of my name as "noble of character" instead of "born into wealth or status".
-- Anonymous User  7/26/2010
Alison DiLaurentis is a character in the book series Pretty Little Liars. She was murdered early in the book series. She is portrayed as manipulative and vindictive. But she was one of my favorite characters because she was smart and cunning.
-- Anonymous User  8/11/2010
Nice name, but pretty boring and overused. It also sounds pretty masculine.
-- Chrila96  10/24/2010
Alison Pill played Kim Pine in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
-- DaphneSusan  12/12/2010
I like this name, despite it being hopelessly overused.
The only other spelling I like is Alyson, but Allison and Allyson just don't appeal to me.
-- DaphneSusan  12/12/2010
I was born with this name and I have always loved it. I’ve met a few people with the same name, but it was spelled differently. Allie (however it may be spelled) is not the only nickname for Alison. For a period of time, a friend called me Alice. Everyone always compliments me on my name, saying that it’s beautiful and etc. Nobody ever says that it’s a boy’s name because of the “son” at the end --- and in my opinion that just makes it an all the more original feminine name. It gives it that tomboy flare that’s so popular right now.

Although, there is one downside to this name. (That’s only been introduced since we’re reading it) Is Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” --- which if you say it really fast “Alice in” becomes “Alison”. So, I’ve been nicknamed after one of the most famous children’s books characters in the 1800’s. Not that it’s THAT bad.
-- Myth Writer Dreamer  12/21/2010
Actually, Allison was a boy's name. Not sure about Alison though. Personally, I prefer it with 2 l's. (for a girl) very pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  1/27/2013
Taylor Alison Swift is Taylor Swift's birth name.
-- MelissaR  4/30/2013
I hate when people pull the "Alison ends in son but nobody says that's a boy name" crap. Alison does not mean "son of..." Like Madison and Addison do. It originated as a diminutive of Alice and it's a wonderful name, the spelling Allison is beautiful too. It sounds good on any age, something that's hard to say about many names topping the charts these days. I don't like when people use the nickname Allie and spell it Ali though, Ali is a masculine Indian name, pronounced ah-LEE. There is a boy named Ali and a girl named Ali (Alison) in my grade and it's quite confusing.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2013

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