Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. AL-is(English)
u-LEE-si(European Portuguese)
a-LEE-see(Brazilian Portuguese)

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 among the most common names in England until the 16th century, when it began to decline. It was revived in the 19th century.

This name was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871).

Related Names

DiminutivesAli, Allie, Ally, Lisha, Alison, Lecia(English) Alison(French)
Other Languages & CulturesAdalheidis, Adelais, Ada(Ancient Germanic) Alisa(Bosnian) Alícia(Catalan) Aliisa, Alisa, Aada, Ada, Alli, Heidi, Iisa(Finnish) Elke(Frisian) Alisa(Georgian) Aliki, Kiki(Greek) Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz(Hungarian) Ailís, Ailish(Irish) Alise(Latvian) Aalis(Medieval French) Azalaïs(Occitan) Adelajda, Alicja, Ada(Polish) Alisa(Russian) Aileas, Ailis(Scottish Gaelic) Alica(Slovak) Adelaida, Alicia, Ada(Spanish) Alisa(Ukrainian) Alis(Welsh)


People think this name is

classic   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   delicate   refined   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Czechia: January 15
Estonia: September 16
France: December 16
Sweden: June 23


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


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Entry updated April 25, 2021