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What does Alison mean?

Alison Pronunciation of Alison 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH noble, exalted, surname, medieval, england, 20th century (modern), scottish


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, Alysoun

SEE ALSO Alcinda

OTHER 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, Elissa



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How popular is Alison?

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)

Alison was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #107 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is presently at #400. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alison name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alison outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Alison (#400 A YEAR AGO) are Allison (#69), Alice (#71), Alyssa (#150), Allie (#350), Alicia (#391), Allyson (#560), Alyson (#887), Alisson (#909), Alisha (#957), Alisa (#1032), Alissa (#1182), Elissa (#1261), Ally (#1274), Ali (#1841), Allissa, Allisson, Alys, Alysa, Alyse, Alysia, Alise, Alica and Aili. Adoption of these relations of Alison was common in 1998 (AVERAGE #877) and is now significantly less (#1222, 58% LESS USAGE), with forms such as Alison going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alison, Aili, Ali, Alice, Alicia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alisa, Alise, Alisha, Alissa, Alisson in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Allie, Allison, Allissa, Allisson, Ally in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Allyson, Alys, Alysa, Alyse, Alysia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alyson, Alyssa, Elissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alison, Alica, Alice, Alicia, Alisha outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Allison, Alyssa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Addeson, Addison, Addisyn, Adin, Adison, Adisson, Adyson, Aeisha, Aeron, Affton, Afton, Agafon, Aidan, Aiko, Ailis, Ailyn, Aisia, Aislin, Aislyn, Akiko, Aldona, Aleisha, Alesha, Alesia, Alessa, Alessi, Alida, Aline, Alishia, Alisia, Alisse, Alista, Alivia, Alix, Aliya, Aliyah, Aliye, Aliza, Alleen, Allinor (see Eleanor), Allisa, Allona, Allynn, Almond, Aloisa, Aloise, Aloisia, Alsina, Alsyna, Alyona, Alysse, Amissa, Anisah, Anise, Aniston, Anniston, Arin, Arlissa, Ashton, Avalon, Ayisha, Aylin, Bidon, Briton, Cason, Dion, Elon, Ffion, Jamison, Larson, Lison, Madison, Maison, Mason and Ninon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alison.

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