What does Alison mean?
Alison [al-i-son] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Alison) is pronounced AL-ih-son. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Alison is "noble, exalted". Norman French diminutive form of Alice. May have originated as a surname, meaning "Alice's son". Common in medieval times, and revived in England in the 20th century with a Scottish flavor. Allie and Ally are pet forms. Actress Allison Janney.
Alison has 28 variants: Aili, Alie, Alisann, Alisanne, Alisoun, Alisson, Alisun, Allcen, Allcenne, Allicen, Allicenne, Allie▲, Allisann, Allisanne, Allison▲, Allisoun, Allisson▼, Allsun, Ally, Allysann, Allysanne, Allyson, Allysoun, Alysan, Alysann, Alysanne, Alyson and Alysoun.
Related girl name: Alcinda.
34 more different relations via Alice, Allie, Allison, Ally: Alais, Alaisa, Ali, Alica, Alicah, Alicea, Alicen, Alicia▼, Alidee, Alika, Alikah, Aliki, Alis, Alisa▼, Alisah, Alisan, Alise, Alisha▼, Alissa▼, Alisz, Alitia, Aliz, Allis, Alliss, Allissa, Allisun, Allysson, Alys, Alysa▼, Alyse, Alysia▼, Alyss, Alyssa▼ and Elissa.Creative forms:
(female) Aloeson, ..
(male) Alasen, Aliasen, .. Middle name pairings:
Alison Karissa (A.K.), ..
How popular is Alison?
Alison is a very prominent first name for females (#347 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#30229 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Alison was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #107 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is presently at #338. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Alison (#338 a year ago) are Allison (#39 a year ago), Alice (#87), Alyssa (#93), Allie (#255), Allyson (#359), Alicia (#365), Alyson (#678), Ally (#869), Alisson (#915), Alisha (#919), Alissa (#942), Alisa (#1037), Ali (#1278), Elissa (#1395), Alyse (#1689), Alysia, Alysa, Allissa, Alise, Aili, Alica, Allisson and Alys. Adoption of these relations of Alison was common in 1998 (average #877) and is somewhat lower today (#1135, 49% less usage), with forms such as Alisha going out of style. Alicia has generally been a favorite of parents, although Allison appears to be gaining popularity too.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Addeson, Addison, Addisyn, Adin, Adison▼, Adisson, Adyson▼, Aeisha, Aeron, Affton, Afton, Agafon, Aidan, Aiko, Ailis, Ailyn, Aisia, Aislin, Aislyn, Akiko, Aldona, Aleisha, Alesha▼, Alesia▼, Alessa, Alessi, Alida▼, Aline▼, Alishia, Alisia, Alisse, Alista, Alivia▲, Alix, Aliya, Aliyah▲, Aliye, Aliza▲, Alleen, Allinor (see Eleanor), Allisa, Allona, Allynn, Almond, Aloisa, Aloise, Aloisia, Alsina, Alsyna, Alyona, Alysse, Amissa, Anisah, Anise, Aniston, Anniston▲, Arin, Arlissa, Ashton▼, Avalon, Ayisha, Aylin▲, Bidon, Briton, Cason, Dion, Elon, Ffion, Jamison, Larson, Lison, Madison, Maison, Mason and Ninon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alison.See names in meaning and etymology.