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 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 girl name Alcinda.
Alison is a very popular first name for females (#347 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#41495 out of 88799, Top 47%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alison for girls. Alison reached its highest rank of #107 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Alison and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Allison (#38), Alice (#97), Allie (#257), Alison (#289), Allyson (#329), Alyson (#595) and Ally (#736). (2014 statistics).