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Alison meaning and name origin
Alison \a-li-son\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 strong Scottish flavor. Allie and Ally are pet forms. Actress Allison Janney.
Alison has 26 variant forms: Aili, Alie, Alisann, Alisanne, Alisoun, Alisun, Allcen, Allcenne, Allicen, Allicenne, Allie, Allisann, Allisanne, Allison, Allisoun, Allsun, Ally, Allysann, Allysanne, Allyson, Allysoun, Alysan, Alysann, Alysanne, Alyson and Alysoun.
For more information, see also the related name Alcinda.
Baby names that sound like Alison are Alisan, Allisun and Alicen.
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Popularity of Alison
Alison is a very popular first name for women (#347 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#41495 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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