Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. AL-i-sən(English) A-LEE-SAWN(French)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Norman French diminutive of Aalis (see Alice) [1]. It was common in England, Scotland and France in the Middle Ages, and was later revived in England in the 20th century via Scotland. Unlike most other English names ending in son, it is not derived from a surname.

Related Names

VariantsAllison, Allyson, Alyson(English)
DiminutivesAli, Allie, Ally(English)
Other Languages & CulturesAlisa(Bosnian) Alícia(Catalan) Alice(Czech) Alice, Heidi(Danish) Alice, Ada, Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida(Dutch) Aliisa, Alisa, Aada, Ada, Alli, Heidi, Iisa(Finnish) Elke(Frisian) Alisa(Georgian) Adelheid, Alice, Ada, Alida, Heida, Heide, Heidi(German) Adalhaid, Adalheidis, Adelais, Ada(Germanic) Aliki, Kiki(Greek) Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz(Hungarian) Ailís, Ailish(Irish) Adelaide, Alice, Ada(Italian) Alise(Latvian) Elke(Low German) Aalis(Medieval French) Alice, Ada, Heidi(Norwegian) Azalaïs(Occitan) Adelajda, Alicja, Ada(Polish) Adelaide, Alice, Alícia(Portuguese) Alisa(Russian) Aileas, Ailis(Scottish Gaelic) Alica(Slovak) Adelaida, Alicia, Ada(Spanish) Alice, Alicia, Heidi(Swedish) Alisa(Ukrainian) Alis(Welsh)


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Sources & References

  1. Uckelman, Sara L. Names in the 1292 census of Paris, entry Aaliz, available from
Entry updated February 4, 2020