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PronouncedPron.AL-is English
A-LEES French
a-LEE-che Italian

Meaning & History

From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE). This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871).
DiminutivesAli, Alison, Allie, Ally, Lisha, Lecia English Alison French
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 Alise Latvian Aalis Medieval French Heidi Norwegian Adelajda, Alicja, Ada Polish Alisa Russian Aileas Scottish Alica Slovak Adelaida, Alicia Spanish Alicia, Heidi Swedish Alisa Ukrainian Alis Welsh


Illustration from Alice in Wonderland, by Artur Rackham (1907)Illustration from Alice in Wonderland, by Artur Rackham (1907)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute