Meaning and Name Origin
Alyssa \a-lyssa, al(ys)-sa\ as a girls' name is pronounced ah-LISS-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alyssa is "rational". Also the name of a bright yellow flower, alyssum. Also variant of Alicia. Actress Alyssa Milano.
Alyssa▲ has 28 more alternative forms via Alicia: Alecia▼, Aleecia, Aleesa, Aleesha, Aleeza, Aleisha, Alesha▼, Aleshia, Alesia, Alica, Alieshea, Alisa▼, Alisha▼, Alishia, Alisia, Allicia, Allysa, Allyssha, Alycia▼, Alysha▼, Alysia▼, Elicia, Elisha▼, Lecia, Leisha, Lesha, Lesia and Licia.
Alyssa is a very prominent first name for women (#448 out of 4276, Top 10%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Alyssa for girls. Alyssa was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #11 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is presently at #76. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Alyssa and related names. Prominent related forms of Alyssa (#76 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Alecia, Alesha, Alesia, Alica, Alice (#97 the previous year), Alicia (#341), Alisa (#936), Alisha (#895), Alissa (#855), Allyssa, Alycia, Alysa, Alyse, Alysha, Alysia, Alyssia, Elisha, Elissa, Lesia, Lissa and Lissie. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread in 1990 and is now much less, with versions like Alisha, Alissa, Alysia, Elisha and Lissie becoming somewhat outmoded. Alice (#97), Alicia (#341) and Alyssa (#76) are three of the more trendy girl names here, with Alice undergoing a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Alyssa▲ is alike in pronunciation to Alaisa, Alessa, Alessi, Alessia, Alissah, Allessa, Allisa, Aloisa, Alyssah, Alyza, Ellyssa, Elysa, Elyssa▼, Elyssia, Ilissa, Illyssa, Ilysa, Ulissa and Ulyssa. Other recommended similar baby names are Alaysia, Allysia, Aloysia, Alyosha, Alys, Alyss and Anyssa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alyssa.