Alison (given name)

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Alison / Allison
Pronunciation /ˈælɨsən/ AL-i-sən
Gender Female
Language(s) French
Origin
Meaning "little Alice"
Other names
Short form(s) Ali, Alley, Alli, Allie, Ally, Aly, Alys
See also Allyson, Alyson

Alison is a given name, usually a feminine name in English-speaking countries. It was originally a medieval French nickname for Alis, old form of Alice[1][2] derived with the suffix -on or -son sometimes used in the former French nicknames such as Jeanson ("little Jean") or Pierson ("little Pierre").

The variant spelling Allison is the most common form in the United States.[2] Other variations include Alisson, Allyson, Alyson, Alysson, Alicen and Alycen, with nicknames Allie, Alley, Alie, Ali, Ally, Aly, Aley and Alli.

Allison also has separate roots as a family name, which is of disputed meaning. When the surname Allison is used as a given name, it is traditionally feminine.[3]

In countries including Brazil and Indonesia, Alison and variant forms are also used as feminine given names.

Alison, variant form Alizon, is a French surname.[1]

Popularity[edit]

The name is first recorded in Scotland in the 12th century. It was popular until the early 19th century and, spelled Allison, was the 45th most common name given to baby girls in the United States in 2005 (Allyson was #253; Alison, #259; Alyson, #468; Allie, #256; Ally, #656; and Alice, #414).[4] In 1990 in the United States, Allison was the 228th most popular name for women of all ages; Alison was #347, Allyson, #775; Alyson, #981; Allie, #764; Ali, #2434; and Alice, #51.[5] Alison in any spelling did not enter the top 100 baby names in 2005 in England and Wales.[6]

Allison last entered the top 1000 baby names for males in the United States in 1946, when it ranked #968. In the 1910s it ranked from 667 to 981 with an average of #835, and in the first decade of the 20th century, it ranked as high as #927.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980, édition revue et commentée par Marie-Thérèse Morlet. p. 6a.
  2. ^ a b Katie Martin-Doyle, The Treasury of Baby Names, Worth Press, Cambridge 2005. ISBN 978-1903025116
  3. ^ Allison - Name Meaning and Origin Ancestry.com
  4. ^ Popular Names by Birth Year: Dec 2007 Ssa.gov
  5. ^ "Most Common Female Names in the U.S." mongabay.com.
  6. ^ "Most Popular Names for Births in England and Wales 2005". behindthename.com
  7. ^ Campbell, Mike (2012). "Popularity for ALLISON in the United States, percent Used, Male". Behind the Name: the etymology and history of first names. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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