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Allison is the best spelling!
Janessa2542  4/7/2021
1
Cute! I actually like it!
MythicalCreature  4/1/2021
2
Don't like it. Alison is better.
Clara711  3/19/2021
1
Simple, sweet, elegant name, feels a lot better than boring looking Alison with one L. I like this name. Not so common in these days. Good name.
DeeDeeRee  2/28/2021
1
Beautiful name whether spelled Allison or Alison. Has always been feminine nothing about this name is for a male.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2021
3
Good name. Love the nickname Ali or Allie as well❤️.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2020
0
Also works for a boy. Alison. ♥.
noisynora  11/9/2020
2
Allison Eastwood is an American actress, director, producer, model, and fashion designer. She is also daughter of Clint Eastwood.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2020
2
Allison is one of the tritagonists and the crush and later girlfriend of Max Dennison in the Halloween comedy-fantasy film Hocus Pocus. Allison is played by the famous actress Vinessa Shaw.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2020
2
Allison MacKenzie is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in the novel Peyton Place, its sequel Return to Peyton Place, the subsequent film adaptations of both, and the prime time television series and daytime soap opera they inspired.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2020
2
Allie Hamilton (Allison) is a character in the novel and film called The Notebook she is portrayed by Rachel McAdams when young and Gina Rowland while older.
― Anonymous User  8/20/2020
1
I love this name, but I already have an Allison in my family.
Anders1234  8/20/2020
2
Allison Leigh Alderson DeMarcus is an American actress, TV host and beauty queen who has competed in the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America pageants. Alderson is married to Jay DeMarcus, the bassist in the band Rascal Flatts.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2020
2
Beautiful. Classic. Easy to pronounce and sounds feminine.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2020
0
I much prefer Alice.
AbbeyDawn  8/6/2020
2
Allison Hargreeves is a character played by Emmy Raver-Lampman in the famous Netflix show called The Umbrella Academy.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2020
1
I love the name Allison! It's very classy, respectable, elegant, sophisticated, vintage and beautiful. Xoxo :) And I think the nicknames Allie and Allybear are cute.
Babygirl8891  6/29/2020
4
My name is Allison and I seriously love it, it definitely suits me. :)
― Anonymous User  6/4/2020
4
My daughter’s name is Allison Samantha Frankel and I love her name! Her little sister calls her “Allie” sometimes but about 90% of the time she goes by Allison. She’s a tomboy and she loves her name. She says she is glad that I didn’t name her something girly like Lily or Lucy. I love Allison’s name and this spelling is wonderful in my opinion!
― Anonymous User  5/21/2020
3
Allison Iraheta is an American singer from Los Angeles, California, who was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Iraheta won the Telemundo competition Quinceañera: Mamá Quiero Ser Artista. Wikipedia.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2020
3
Allison Howell Williams is an American actress, who played Marnie Michaels on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and received critical acclaim for her performance in the 2017 horror film Get Out.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2020
3
Beautiful. I prefer this spelling.
Also, Allison has a different origin from Madison and Addison. Allison was always a feminine name and was never a surname! The -son does not mean "son of ___" for Allison as it is of French origin.
Had to put that there because some people on this site like to use the "Allison card" with -son names that were originally male.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2020
-4
Sounds nice, but seems dated.
KarenB  5/2/2020
4
Drew (the price is right US) Carey's middle name is 'Allison' :)
OllietT  4/15/2020
3
Allison Anderson is a famous bearer of this name. Allison is a Beauty vlogger and blogger known for her self- titled blog and YouTube channel where she posts product reviews, travel vlogs, and seasonal haul videos. She has over 400K followers.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2020
0
Allison is the English form of the Scottish MacAllis < MacAlasdair, MacAlistair, MacAlister, all derived from Alexander, Greek “helper” or “ally” of “andros” Greek for “man.”
“Mac,” “Mc,” is the Gaelic “son of X.” “Son” < German “sohn,” “male child of X.”
Many variants as “Ellison,” etc.
The feminine name Alison, Alyson, Alysoun, is unrelated. The “son” is not “male child of X” but is a French suffix.
AlGray  2/25/2020
5
I would love to name my baby girl this. I completely disagree with anyone who says it is awful, it's actually completely awesome and sweet and gentle and that’s what people want the qualities in their children to be like!
So overall, the name Allison is wonderful.
Anyone who has this name or a version of it have a beautiful name and should be immensely proud and grateful for it.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2020
4
Allison Hayes (Born March 6, 1930 – Died February 27, 1977) was an American film and television actress and pin up model.
Years active: 1954–1967.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2020
-1
Alison is a better spelling in my opinion.
someone-  2/18/2020
4
Allison Baver is an American short track speed skater. Allison Baver trains with the US permanent winter sports Olympic team, in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the 2005-2006 season, she was ranked third overall in the World Rankings. Allison Baver was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Wikipedia.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2020
5
My daughter's name is Allison and I wouldn't have named her any differently.
She's a beautiful, bright, smart girl, a total sunshine.
That's what Allison means.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2020
4
I love the name Allison! It's very classy, respectable, elegant, sophisticated, vintage and beautiful. Xoxo :) And I think the nicknames Allie and Allybear are cute. :)
― Anonymous User  2/17/2020
4
Allison is Taylor Swift’s middle name but hers is spelled with one L. Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. At age 14, Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house and, at age 15, she signed her first record deal. Wikipedia.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2020
4
Gorgeous gorgeous name and it can go with about any middle name...My best friend is Allison Kay and I also have a cousin named Allison Nicole. Both very lovely.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2020
3
I love this name. It’s my best friend’s name and I just think it’s beautiful with cute nicknames, like I call her Allybear sometimes and it can also sound professional and lovely anyways. Yes I love this name as it’s classic and trendy.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2020
3
Allison is the most beautiful name in the world. Allison is the perfect girl's name because it's so pretty and it sounds so feminine and melodic and rhythmic. I personally love this name so much that I think "Allison" is the most beautiful sound ever created by humans. I love literally everything about this name, it has such an elegant, graceful, feminine, melodic sound and is just so pretty, it's so much fun to say, "Allison" can only be said properly with a smile on your face, as the name itself forces your mouth into a smile. Allison is the most beautiful girl's name to ever exist and that has ever existed and will ever exist, whoever came up with this heavenly name is a genius. I'm so glad it's common, I just wish it was even more common. If you're a girl named Allison, you should eagerly flaunt your beautiful name. You're so lucky to have such a mindblowingly pretty name.
― Anonymous User  11/5/2019
5
I have always loved this name and thought of it as classic beauty!
― Anonymous User  11/4/2019
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I prefer the spelling Alison. The double "l" makes it a little too heavy.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2019
5
This is my sister's name: Allison Emily. It flows nicely, and I've always liked it more than my own name. Her nickname is Allie.
jaclyn8911  8/3/2019
-1
I'm neutral on this one. It's an okay name, I guess.
kayisforkeen  5/9/2019
1
I don’t think it’s the only -son ending name that totally originated as feminine. Allison was originally a boy’s name, not for girls, though a very very long time ago. I don’t know how Allison became a girl’s name but I’m satisfied it did. It doesn’t really sound boyish to me at all. It’s definitely a girl’s name as of now. Naming a boy Allison would get him beaten up.
xxCreative_Mindxx  4/24/2019
13
Better than Addison.
Luvbug86  3/30/2019
3
According to howmanyofme.com, there are twenty-nine people in the U.S. named Allison Allison and sixteen named Alison Allison. (The one-l version also occurs as a surname, but nobody named Al(l)ison seems to have it.)
Kosta  3/26/2019
4
My father’s name was Allistair, and when my eldest daughter (the only grandchild he got to meet, because soon after he passed away) was born I wanted to pay tribute to him and gave my daughter the second name Allison.
Mimi1987  11/28/2018
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It seems like Allison has some true masculine usage behind the future feminine usage, unlike the spelling with only one l.
I think this name is cute for boys or girls. It’s original and unique to name your son Allison. It’s not too feminine! You put boy names on girls, but Allison is not too much like a feminine name for a boy. Some girl names seem to suit boys I have to admit! However, because of the usage it’s still better for a girl, but it’s still nice for a boy too!
― Anonymous User  11/22/2018
5
In 2018, 16 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Allison who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 213th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
3
Nice name male or female.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2018
7
Allison is not a male name. It was a surname that used to be used for males, but people used to also name their son's Anna and Elizabeth, does that make them unisex to? It is a variant which is a Norman diminutive of Alice, so it's feminine.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2018
9
Allison is a beautiful name with a great meaning of "Truth/Noble" and diminutive of "Alice", a classic, lovely name!
― Anonymous User  1/19/2018
0
Alexander Pym Allison, a Nigerian business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and founder of Allyson Enterprises Limited.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2017
2
Initially I disliked this name, but now I’ve grown to like it. It contained a "son" in it but I won't mind. I prefer to spell the name with two “l”s, however, I feel the opposite about Philip. It was the name of a tropical storm that flooded Houston back in 2001, similar to Harvey.
XYKLONE  12/5/2017
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Allison Kay Rosati is the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast co-anchor for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Rosati was born in Dover, Delaware and grew up in Pine City, Minnesota. Rosati is of Finnish and Italian descent. In 1980, She was crowned as Minnesota Junior Miss but a year later in 1981, she represented the State of Minnesota in the 1981 America's Junior Miss pageant, and received a 'Spirit of Junior Miss' award alongside Idaho Junior Miss Kelly Jo Kreisher. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College where she studied speech and communications. She graduated in 1985 and received cum laude.
cutenose  5/10/2017
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Allison Leigh Alderson DeMarcus is an American actress, TV host and beauty queen who has competed in the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America pageants. Alderson is married to Jay DeMarcus, the bassist in the band Rascal Flatts.
cutenose  2/27/2017
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Allison Argent, born into a long line of werewolf hunters, is a naturally talented archer and accomplished gymnast in the 2011 American television series 'Teen Wolf'. She is portrayed by American actress Crystal Reed.
Feorsteorra  12/4/2016
5
Nicknames for this name along with other spelling variations such as Alison can be:

Allie\Ally\Alli
Liss
Lissy
Alice.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2016
4
Allison DiLaurentis, from the Pretty Little Liars TV series.
ericacv  7/16/2016
6
Nice name. The best spelling is Allison.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2016
3
This is the only -son ending name that I actually prefer and can see working well on females. I'm not sure how I feel about Allison on a male though. Since this page has it listed as solely feminine, that suggests to me that the name never started out as a male name; that Allison was feminine from the get go. Allison needs to replace Madison & Addison (I actually like Addison but hate that it's being used on females).
― Anonymous User  4/28/2016
4
My father, born in 1921 was Allison. My mother mostly called him that as did everyone in the family down to great nieces and nephews (Uncle Allison). He hated it and went by Al professionally and a lot of people didn't know his full name. He got "outed" (and my parents had a wee fight) when my mother put Allison on my wedding invitations. He had agreed with her that Mr. And Mrs Al... was too informal but had insisted on Mr. And Mrs. A.C. My Godmother was startled and said she had always thought his name was Alistair.

I had always planned to name a daughter after him but by that time the name was super common, and in fact, she has never been in a class without at least one and often more Allison's, so it is her middle name.
Pgh62  4/24/2016
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Allison is the worst girls name out there, to be honest.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2015
4
Allison Harvard, an American model.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2015
1
It seems that most people are saying that Allison is not a good name for a guy. I think this is just because of our learned associations and what we're used to. I know a guy named Allison - goes by Al - and he definitely portrays the positive attributes of the name - noble and kind. These traits would be good for anyone to have - male or female. Shirley, Beverley, and even Vivian began as male names. People were probably shocked when those names began to be used for girls but now it would be the other way around. So it's just what people are used to.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2014
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Not saying that this name should be used for males at all, but considering that it ends in *son* does anyone know when this name used to belong to males?
Alison/Allison

ALL names ending in *Son* are or were once originally male.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2014
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Allison "Allie" Sekemoto is the main character in the Blood of Eden series written by Julie Kagawa.
― Anonymous User  4/20/2014
1
I'd love to see some more research on the original gender for this name...

Other information I've found online says this is one of those names that was commonly used as a surname before a first name (like Ryan or Austin, etc.).

My 3x great grandfather was "Allison John Horner," very much a male. Looking through census records just in 1860 in the US, I'm seeing almost 2,000 males with the first name Allison. I'm thinking there is a fair bit of information to support this being a male name as well as female.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2014
1
Allison is a pretty common classic name. I've had the name for 14 years and I really like my name. My full name is Allison Dennis Vale and I'm a 14 year old russian boy with with long platinum blonde hair and blue eyes. I'm from St. Petersburg, Russia and I'm one of the few boys in the world today named Allison.

Allison is mostly a female name now for girls and women but my parents named me Allison when I was born, so I'm a boy named Allison. Luckily, no one teases me and bullies me at school about my name and everyone I meet are nice to me and they like my name.

I have two other girl friends at my school also named Allison and they like my name Allison too! Allison was originally a boy's name in the beginning and it later became a girl's name in the mid 20th Century. Do you know any other boys like me named Allison?

If you do, tell us about it.
Allison59  3/13/2014
6
It's not my usual style, but I love this name. It's beautiful and feminine (despite ending in -son) and will suit an adult just fine. I wish people would stop using Addison on girls and just go with Allison. I'm glad to see this name is so popular still!
― Anonymous User  8/20/2013
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Allison Sekemoto is the fictional character in the series blood of eden.
555jazzy  12/8/2012
1
Dr. Allison Blake is a Department of Defense agent in the Syfy series Eureka. She is portrayed by actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield.
Fray  11/20/2012
2
Allison Cameron is a character on the TV series 'House'. She is played by Jennifer Morrison.
ursa  8/28/2011
3
Allison Crowe (November 1981- ) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist and piano player known for her powerful, brassy soprano and soulful musical style.
gaelruadh19  7/5/2011
6
I love this name! If I have a daughter someday I want to name her Allison! I think it`s good for a little girl, but doesn`t sound too childish, so it also works for a grown up woman. Oh, and I love the nickname "Ally"!
DiChel  5/22/2011
3
Allison Pierce is a member of the duo The Pierces.
Megan1125  6/29/2010
2
President Allison Taylor- Cherry Jones' character on the show "24".

Allison Dubois - Patricia Arquette's character on the show "Medium". She is the main character of this show.

I'm not sure that this is the spelling of the name that these characters use (there are many variations), but I like this one. The characters are both smart, strong willed women and I would be happy to be named for them.
― Anonymous User  5/25/2010
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I don't like it. It makes me think of a spoiled little girl. No offence to all the Allisons/Alisons/Alysens/Alysons out there, but that's just how I feel. I much prefer Alice or Alicia.
Black_X  5/8/2010
4
I never liked super frilly, cutesy feminine names for girls, and this and Addison are probably my favourite girls names. While I wouldn't name my daughter Addison, I would definitely go with Allison.
McHobbit  2/22/2010
4
This is the name of a song by Slowdive.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2008
5
My best friend's name is Allison, and I think it's a very pretty name. It's very modern, but not too much, and it's very simple. I know like three "Allison"s and they all spell it with two "L"s so it just looks right to me. I also like the spelling "Alyson". All in all, a beautiful name!
baileymarissa  12/8/2008
3
My sister's name. It's gorgeous! I love it. I call her Lilli *pronounced LeeLee*.
ionshu  11/1/2008
3
This is my name, and I think it's OK. I prefer Allie. I'm named after my great grandma Alice, and my parents didn't like the name Alice. My one complaint is that no one seems to know how to spell it. I like it best my way.
TwilighterRenthead  10/12/2008
2
I love this name. I'm 16 years old and when I'm older of course and if I ever have a girl I want to name my daughter this name. It sounds classy and beautiful for a girl, don't spell it Alyson, it looks better Allison, and it's more popular. ;)
― Anonymous User  7/18/2008
3
This is the name of the actress/singer Allison Lozano from the big hit Mexican soap opera "Al Diablo Con Los Guapos".
― Anonymous User  7/18/2008
2
The identical Hansen female quadruplets (Allison, Brooke, Claire and Darcy) are born in Texas.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
2
Allison is actor/comedian Drew Carey's middle name.
FMRadio  4/10/2008
1
Finally a name that ends in -son that isn't meant for a boy!
jasmineenimsaj  3/3/2008
-2
Not a fan of this spelling. I guess I've lived with an Alyson for so long, this spelling looks weird to me.
California_Eli  2/18/2008
5
There is a song "Allison" by The Pixies on their album "Bossanova".
scholasticastewart  1/27/2008
5
My name is Allison! I was named after my great-grandmother Alice. My mom wanted to "modernize" the name Alice. I tend to go by "Allie" though. Not that I have anything against the name Allison, I'm just used to being called "Allie." When I was in school, the name Allison was very rare. But in the 1990's, the name started to become popular. I've had many people tell me they love my name.
Coffeebean  9/26/2007
3
Allison Mack plays Chloe Sullivan on the awesome TV series Smallville.

Alyson Michalka is known for playing Keely on the Disney Channel show Phil of the Future, and is the Aly in Aly&AJ.
emc  7/8/2007
3
Allison Janney is an actress famous for her role as C. J. Cregg on the American television show, The West Wing. She won four Emmys for playing the part.
Nochenne  6/2/2007
-2
There is a bunch of people named Allison out there. I think this is a pretty name but it is time to give this name a rest.
CharlieRob  5/5/2007
4
I definitely do not think the name is outdated. And I think it's a very nice name!
star_girl  4/27/2007
-3
I think Allison is outdated and not very nice sounding, though it looks better with 2 Ls. My best friend is called Allison but she hates it and we all call her Ally.
lisa_7  4/11/2007
4
Allison was the full name of "Ally McBeal" played by Calista Flockhart on the series of the same name. (We heard her full name only once, in the episode where her daughter-by-egg-donation shows up at her front door and asks, "Are you Allison McBeal?")
elizabeth hamlet  1/18/2007
4
There is a novelist Allison Brennan.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
4
Allison Vernon-Williams, played by Amy Locane in the film, is one of the main characters in Cry-Baby.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2006
4
This is my first name and the only problem I have ever had with it is people constantly spelling it with one L despite my telling them it has two. I always liked it better with two L's.
SerasVictoria  7/21/2006
2
Allison Scagliotti-Smith is another person with that name.
princeton-girl18  7/16/2006
4
Allison is the name of Benny's wife in the musical "Rent".
lavieboheme1993  7/16/2006
4
Allison is one of the middle names of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's daughter, Apple. Apple's full name is Apple Blythe Allison Martin ("Blythe" after Gwyneth's mother, and "Allison" after Chris's mother).
Pheadirean  6/4/2006
4
I have always liked the name Allison. It is a pretty, not overly used name. The nickname Ally is cute too.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
5
We named our daughter Allison on December 6, 1986. There were two main reasons-My mother did a word search puzzle of names and it was first in the A's. Her daddy liked Aly Sheedy's character in "St. Elmo's Fire". Also she had an Aunt Alice. The name just seemed right! She prefers to be called "Allie", now.
oneill_lp  4/12/2006
4
Both Elvis Costello and The Pixies have recorded songs called Allison.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
4
A famous bearer was Allison Reynolds, Ally Sheedy's character in the classic 1980s teen movie 'The Breakfast Club'.
reservoirdoll1987  10/31/2005

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