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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.
DiminutivesLesia, Lisha, Lyssa, Lecia
Other Languages & CulturesKalisha, 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   Contribute