What does Alison mean?
Alison \a-li-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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Alcinda.
Alison has 34 more different forms 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▼.
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)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Alison for girls. Alison was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #107 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is presently at #289. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Popular related forms of Alison (#289 a year ago) are Allison (#38 a year ago), Alyssa (#76), Alice (#97), Allie (#257), Allyson (#329), Alicia (#341), Alyson (#595), Ally (#736), Alissa (#855), Alisha (#895), Alisa (#936), Alisson (#938), Alica, Elissa, Alysia, Allisson, Ali, Alysa and Alyse. Usage of these girl names reached its apex in 1998 (usage of 0.4782%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.3309%, down 30.8%), with forms such as Alissa, Allisson, Alisson, Alisha and Ali falling out of style. The more fashionable birth names in this compilation are Alice (#97), Allison (#38), Allie (#257), Alyssa (#76) and Alison (#289), and there is also a resurgence in baby name usage for Alice and Allie. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Alison and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Adison. This name tends to be less frequently used than Alison.