ALYSSA
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: ə-LIS-ə   [key]
Meaning & History
Variant of ALICIA. The spelling has probably been influenced by that of the alyssum flower, the name of which is derived from Greek α "against" combined with λυσσα (lyssa) "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.
Related Names
DIMINUTIVES: Lyssa, Lecia, Lesia, Lisha
OTHER LANGUAGES: Kalisha, Talisha (African American), Adalheidis, Adelais (Ancient Germanic), Alícia (Catalan), Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida (Dutch), Aliisa, Alisa, Alli (Finnish), Adélaïde, Alice, Alix, Alison (French), Adelheid, Ada, Aleida, Alida, Heida, Heidi (German), Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Alida (Hungarian), Ailís (Irish), Adelaide, Alice (Italian), Alise (Latvian), Aleit (Low German), Aalis (Medieval French), Adelajda, Alicja, Ada (Polish), Adelaide, Alice, Alícia (Portuguese), Alisa (Russian), Aileas (Scottish), Alica (Slovak), Adelaida, Alicia (Spanish), Alis (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  ranked #57 
England/Wales  ranked #161 
Canada (BC)  ranked #75 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #54 
Belgium  ranked #88 
France  ranked #111 
Netherlands  ranked #228 
New Zealand  ranked #73 
Scotland  -