Given Name ALYSSA

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: ə-LIS-ə  [details]

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 (a), a negative prefix, combined with λυσσα (lyssa) "madness, rabies", since it was believed to cure madness.
DIMINUTIVES: Lesia, Lisha, Lyssa, Lecia
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Kalisha, Talisha (African American), Adalheidis, Adelais (Ancient Germanic), Alisa (Bosnian), Alícia (Catalan), Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida (Dutch), Aliisa, Alisa, Alli (Finnish), Adélaïde, Alice, Alix, Alison (French), Adelheid, Ada, Alida, Heida, Heidi (German), Aliki, Kiki (Greek), Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz (Hungarian), Ailís (Irish), Adelaide, Alice (Italian), Alise (Latvian), Aalis (Medieval French), Adelajda, Alicja, Ada (Polish), Adelaide, Alice, Alícia (Portuguese), Alisa (Russian), Aileas (Scottish), Alica (Slovak), Adelaida, Alicia (Spanish), Alicia (Swedish), Alisa (Ukrainian), Alis (Welsh)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017