Allison: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Allison

Allison

Pronunciation: A-li-sən (key)

Origin of the name Allison:

Matronymic meaning "son of Alice."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Allison: | Edit

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.

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!

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!

Nicknames for Allison: | Edit

Allie, Al, Alice, Lissy, Alls, Allsie, A, A-bomb, Sonny

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."

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

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
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

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