User comments for Alison (Meaning / History Only)

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
Alison can also mean truth.
angelgurl  7/3/2005
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
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 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
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
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
In China, Alison is translated into 艾莉森,the pronunciation of “son” sounds like the Chinese character “森”,which means forest. I think it's so beautiful.
EchoGuan  12/20/2016
I read somewhere that Alison was an Irish Gaelic name meaning, "Strong Silent One". I find it interesting to see so many comments that it's of French origin... and that so many write that they think it an ugly name. Curious... :)
wannabe510  2/2/2017

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