Alyssa: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Alyssa

Alyssa

Pronunciation: ah-LI-sə (key)

Origin of the name Alyssa:

A variant of Alicia (nobility), Alyssa is alternatively derived from the alyssum flower.

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Comments and insights on the name Alyssa: | Edit

I love my name. I think it's unique and feminine-sounding. However, I hate it when people can't spell or pronounce it. Like someone else on here said, I can't say "I'm Alyssa" when I introduce myself because I will inevitably get called Melissa. I don't have any nicknames, but some of my friends call me Lyss or Alyss, which I don't mind. Some people try to call me Aly, but I have a cousin named Allison/Allie so I don't like being called that. When I was in college, I worked with 2 other Alyssas. One spelled her name like mine, but it was pronounced like Alicia which made everything more confusing and caused more people to pronounce my name wrong. :(

In high school there where 3 other "Alyssa" in my class besides myself. but all the spellings where different. There was me, Alisa, Elisa and Allsa (for those who don't now two L's in spanish sounds like a Y). All our last names started with an "Ma", so that didn't help ether. The teacher made it a joke to call out "Alyssa with an A,E,I and sometimes Y". Also my friends started to call me "Alysita" , a combo between Alyssa and Señorita.

My name is Alyssa and i enjoy it a lot :) My friends called me Alee for a while and then i moved away. Now everyone calls me Lyss and my older sister hates it because she came up with it. Actually, she just couldnt pronounce it when we were kids :P But still, its a good name and the name alyssa is supposed to give creativity, im 15 and already a starving artist. haha also, i write, it means joyous, and i should be a comedian, but i am also soooo full of myself.

My sister's name is Alyssa. She is 18 (born in 1992), and growing up at our church we had to call her "Alyssa #1" because my best friend's little sister was named Alyssa and was only one month younger than her. Since then, at the same church, I met another friend's sibling (born in 1991) named Alyssa. I know at least my sister was named after Alyssa Milano, which might explain the popularity at that time...

my 1st daughter is named Alyssa Sue. She is almost 7, and so far have only come across 1 other Alyssa. I love this name it is so girly...the only problem is sometimes people missunderstand and think I'm saying melissa..yuk.

I also was the only Alyssa in grade school. I never had a nickname until I got older Aly and Lyss. I absolutely have always loved my name and people always tell me how beautiful it is and it suits me. Alyssa is such a feminine name, it's no wonder it came from a flower.

~ I love my name. It's unique and I've always gotten a lot of compliments on it. Since, born in 1980, I've always been an older Alyssa, I like the fact that my name will always be young while I 'own' it. It's quite a common name for younger girls but still unique for my age bracket. Spanish speakers always call me Ah-lee-sah, which is equally beautiful and doesn't bother me at all. When I introduce myself, I've learned to move the accent and always emphasize the "Ah" so no one mistakes me for a Melissa.

- I can't believe this name is so popular, because I only know of 1 Alyssa in the entire school.

~My name is Alyssa. There are 4 Alyssa's in my school including me and im the only brunette.

Personal experiences with the name Alyssa: | Edit

Everyone in my mothers side of the family call me "Alisa" because they can't pronounce "Alyssa". My grandmother sometimes call's me "Alysita", a combo between Alyssa and Señorita. Teachers would call out Alison or Aaliyah which shocks me because they have my name in their roster…so they must see the spelling.

People mispell it a lot, plus when someone asks me my name and i say "alyssa" i often hear "nice to meet you melissa" and i have to correct them :/

I frequently get my name misspelled and pronounced incorrectly. I believe I was the only Alyssa in my graduating class in high school out of 2,000 students. When I got to college there were several more Alyssas than I was expecting. I view my name as sounding somewhat childish, but I still like it because there aren't that many people my age with the name.

My name is Alyssa and I'm 20. I love my name itself, but it is extremely annoying to get my name spelled "Alissa" or "allyssa" or pronounced "alisa" or "Alisha". More so because my name is extremely common, especially this spelling. I completely miss how it's possible to misspell and mispronounce it. There were 7 Alyssa's in my high school. I do think it's cool when I meet people with the same name as me. I think my name is pretty and Girly, but I wouldn't recommend it because its really frustrating to constantly correct. My friends call me lyss or by last name because one of my best friends is Alyssa (we became friends in preschool because we had the same name) and my family and boyfriend typically call me lyssie.

I am nearly 18, and i have always loved being called Alyssa. It is a pretty rare name where I am, and I have never met another Alyssa. I was named after Alyssa Milano, though only one person has ever made that connection. People rarely get my name right the first time, usually thinking it is alisha or melissa or eliza... But many people have complimented my name. I have have quite a few nicknames; when I was little it was usually lyssy, and as I got older I got Lys or Lyssa. Once I hit higjschool I got Alyss alot, likely because of constant daydreaming, and I will occasionally get Aly or (my personal favorite) Aly Cat.

I'm 21, and I've loved and hated my name throughout my life. I get lots of compliments, and it's very feminine. There was a girl in my class in high school whose name was Alissa, with a long 'i' and the same last name. Our stuff always got mixed up and people would even ask if I was dating the person she was rumored to have been dating. I can't say, "I'm Alyssa," to introduce myself because people ALWAYS (seriously 99% of the time) will call me Melissa, which I have to promptly follow with, "It's Alyssa with an A." People also often forget my name and promptly call me Alisa, Alicia, Melissa, or Ashley. I honestly experience this so often that I rarely correct them unless they flat out call me "Ashley." My family and boyfriend call me Lyssi. My mom calls me Lys, "uh-lee-see-uh", and Lyssibell Calloway. It goes well with my middle name. It's Alyssa Michelle.

My little cousin is called Alyssah, with an H on the end and I think it's so unique and such a beautiful way to spell it, everyone spells it wrong but she doesn't care and just corrects them, she's so precious

My name is Alyssa and a lot of people have trouble pronouncing it! They say "Alyshia", "Alysha" or even "Alesaw". I and get frustrated because its a pretty simple name! Also my last name is "complicated".

Nicknames for Alyssa: | Edit

Alyssa
Aly/Ally/Ali
Lissa
Lyssie/Lissy
Lys/Lyss
Alyss
Al
Aligator
Lily/Lilly/Lillie/Lilley
Lyssie/Lissie
Essa
Alysita

Meanings and history of the name Alyssa: | Edit

At 38 years old, I am the oldest Alyssa that I know of. I remember as a child how uncommon it was but I remember getting lots of compliments too. My parents were asked for permission by close neighbors to use my name when they adopted a baby girl sometime before I was 12 years old. I remember NEVER being able to find it in print.

My mom came up with the name while shopping for dresses for my older sister (who ironically is named Jennifer and at 44 years of age is the oldest Jennifer that I know of). Seems my mom is a trendsetter. Alyssa was the name of a brand of dresses and was clearly displayed on the tags.

I was unnamed for 3 days after being born because the rest of the family did not feel the same enthusiasm for the name. My mom finally won out (as well she should've, she did ALL the work!)

When people have difficulty saying my name, I tell them, Melissa without the, 'M'. Proper phonics does clearly show people how to say it though and its so much prettier with a, 'Y'. My nicknames are, 'Lys' and 'Lyssa' or 'Lyssee Lou.' In class, the teachers would always have my full attention if they said, "listen" because I would think they were saying my name.

See, Alyssa Milano was NOT the 1st.....and I probably wasn't either because I would assume those dresses were probably named after SOMEONE. Ha.

Famous real-life people named Alyssa: | Edit

Alyssa Milano - American actress
Alyssa Miller - American supermodel
Alyssa Campanella - Miss USA 2011

Alyssa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Alyssa Lies by Jason Michael Carroll

In the book "Kiss Me Tomorrow", the given name of the main character Blister is Alyssa.
Alyssa Calloway, in the 1995 film, "It Takes Two"

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