Allison Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Allison:
Matronymic meaning "son of Alice."
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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This name fits in anywhere - it's not trendy, it's not old, it's just right.
Allison is a nice name. It caught on and got popular because of Allison Mackenzie in Peyton Place. Actually, if you read the book. Allison Mackenzie was named after her father - this was his name. Evidently it started out as a male name and was taken over by the girls. It's still a really nice name, and I wouldn't mind having it myself.
A modern alternative to Alice.
Apparently also pretty enough to be used by extraterrestrials, though for all we know they might as well have made it up of all things. Associated with purple, according to no one in particular.
VARIANTS: Alison, Allyson, Alyson
DIMINUTIVES: Ali, Allie, Ally
OTHER LANGUAGES: Kalisha, Talisha (African American), Adalheidis, Adelais, Adela (Ancient Germanic), Alícia (Catalan), Adelheid (Dutch), Aliisa, Alisa, Alli (Finnish), Adélaïde, Alice, Alison, Alix (French), Adelheid (German), Adelaida, Aliz, Alíz (Hungarian), Ailís (Irish), Adelaide, Alice (Italian), Alise (Latvian), Aalis (Medieval French), Adelajda, Alicja (Polish), Adelaide, Alice, Alícia (Portuguese), Alisa (Russian), Aileas (Scottish), Alica (Slovak), Adelaida, Alicia (Spanish), Alis (Welsh)
- Personal experiences with the name Allison: | Edit
All the Allisons that I have known have been exceptionally vibrant people from babies to 50 year olds! They're fun, happy, excited about life kind of people and often go by Allie as well! Definitely individuals with boldness!
We named our oldest child Allison (born in 2010). It was a compromise- I wanted Allaina with the nickname Allie, and my husband liked Allie, but not Allaina. I like the name Allison a lot. It'c classic without being boring, pretty without being overly feminine or flowery, and will serve my daughter well in life, I think. It does lack a certain "excitement" that other less common names might have, but it's warmth and familiarity make up for it.
I'm an Allison too, best name in my personal opinion (maybe I'm a little biased haha). I've never met anyone my age with this name, and I'm always complimented on how beautiful my name is. I've even had a friend of mine name her first daughter Allison because she liked it so much. My middle name is Margaret for my grandmother, and I think my names have a nice "flow" to them. There hasn't been a single day where I've ever regretted having the name Allison.
I'm an Allison as well, and I've always liked my name. I go by Al with family and friends and Allison to everyone else. My family went with Al instead of Allie when I was younger because I was a bit of a tomboy. : )
My name is Allison and I've always loved it. It always fit in with the Jennifer's and Lauren's in school, but stood out (I was born 1980). I was able to have a cute nickname (Alli) in school, but had the more sophisticated Allison to use once I was an adult. It's a great name choice!
My name is Allison also, and I've never liked it. It has always struck me as bland, and there were too many others named Allison/Alison in my classes (born 1987).
Another Allison here! I have ALWAYS loved my name, I was born in 1970,there were very few "Allison's" growning up,enough so it wasn't strange,but few enough that it was still special.
I do go by "Ali" in my everyday life,I think it sounds fun & bubbly.I have been told by guys that they think the name "Ali" is sexy too.
Allison works great for my professional life & works well with almost all middle & last names.
My name is Allison, and I have never really liked it. I do not ever go by Ally--I picture Ally as a bubbly, blonde, cheerleader type, which is definitely not me! People do sometimes assume I go by Ally. I was born in 1987, and since Allison was moderately popular I have always known a few other Al(l)isons. Other names my parents considered for me were Rebecca, Claire, and Whitney.
This is my daughter's name, who is going on 12 years old (born in 1997). I really didn't think it was as popular at the time as it was, but I still feel it's a beautiful and classic name. Her name fits in with those of her classmates and peers (i.e. Taylor, Dakota, Madison, Emma) yet it seems like a name with more staying power than the trendier ones. Her friends call her "Alli."
I am also an Allison. I love the name! I only know 2 other Allison's(born in 1996) but they are a year older than me. People call me Allison, Alli, and Alli-son. I wouldn't change my name. I might stabd out but why would I want to be another Michaela(there are 4 in my grade) or Haley(3)!? I love the name and would reccomend it!
Power to all the Allisons out there. I'm an Allison too. I love my name, it fits me perfectly. It's different yet normal all at the same time. I go by Allison most of the time, only my family and closest friends are allowed to call me Al or Ali.
Ditto. Her birthstone represents beauty, health and friendship. Sits a horse well, too. Lucky girl!
Sadly, I am an Allison as well. I have met about one other Allison with my exact spelling and about three with different versions. My mother didn't want to name me Allison, preferring the names Christina, Samantha, and Violet (my older sisters had begged for it, I agreed with them when I was old enough to speak). I guess the main reason I don't like the name Allison is because while it is certainly unique, everyone has heard of it before. When I think of another Allison (as well as the Allison's I have met), I think of a bubbly, happy, energetic woman who always smiles. By the time I entered first grade I had already made a plan to change my name by the time I am legally able to in to something that isn't heard of every day. So while it might be a good name to a storybook character, it sometimes leaves the child irritated because when their personality is completely different than what I have stated above, it's a constant reminder every time their name is called that they have a name they do not like nor act like. The nicknames for Allison are also very limited unless you have your own personal that has a story in your childhood that everyone calls you. Most of them are very feminine, and while that's not a bad thing, some girls don't wish to have their names feminine and have them more masculine. I happen to be one of them. I prefer the name Al but am called Allie because people have shortened my name assuming that Al would be a male's name and most females would not want it. (Born in 2000)
- Nicknames for Allison: | Edit
Allie, Al, Alice, Lissy, Alls, Allsie, A, A-bomb, Sonny, Ally, Alliepop
- Meanings and history of the name Allison: | Edit
Alison/Allison has two etymologies. Alison and all of its variations are from Alicen, a feminine French diminutive of Alice. However, the name also derived as a masculine English matronymic meaning "son of Alice." Alice derives from the Greek "aletheia," meaning "truth."
Allison can mean "Little Alice."
Variant of ALISON
- Famous real-life people named Allison: | Edit
Allison Baver (born 1980), American speed skater
Allison Cameron (born 1963), Canadian composer
Allison Crowe (born 1981), Canadian musician
Allison Fisher (born 1968), English snooker champion
Allison Harvard (born 1988), American model
Allison Holker (born 1988), American jazz dancer
Allison Iraheta (born 1992), American singer
Allison Janney (born 1959), American actress
Allison Mack (born 1982), American actress
Allison Moorer (born 1972), American country singer
Allison Munn (born 1974), American actress
Allison Scagliotti (born 1990), American actress
Allison Smith (born 1969), American actress
Allison Tranquilli (born 1972), Australian basketball player
Allison Wolfe (born 1969), American musician
Allison Schmitt (born in 1990), American Olympic swimmer
Allison Hayes (born in 1930), American actress & model
Alison Arngrim, American actress, stand-up comedian and author
Allison Balson, American actress, singer and songwriter
Alley Mills (a.k.a. Allison), notable actress
- Allison in song, story & screen: | Edit
Allison Argent - From MTV's Teen Wolf (Played by Crystal Reed.)
"Alison", song by Elvis Costello
The female lead in Nicholas Sparks's "The Notebook" is Allison "Allie" Nelson
Allison MacKenzie, a character in Peyton Place, was played by Mia Farrow
"Hello Allison", by Scapegoat Wax
"Allison's Starting to Happen" by The Lemonheads
"Alison Road" by Gin Blossoms
"Alison" by the Pixies
Allison Cameron, a character in the television series House
Allison Taylor, cartoon character in the television series The Simpsons
Alison DiLaurentis played by Sasha Pieterse on the television show "Pretty Little Liars"
Allison Taylor, fictional President of the USA in the television series 24
Allison Vernon-Williams, female lead character on the movie Cry-Baby
Allison Reynolds; a character in The Breakfast Club (1985) played by Ally Sheedy
"Poor Little Allison", song by Gordon Lightfoot
"Alysoun", Middle English poem