Meaning and Name Origin
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 information, 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 (#41495 out of 88799, Top 47%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Alison and associated names. Popular related forms of Alison (#289 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000 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 the year 1998 and is now significantly less, 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), with Alice and Allie undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Adison. This name tends to be less frequently used than Alison.