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Alice

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Quick Facts on Alice

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 107
Pronunciation:
AL-iss
Simple meaning:
Noble one

Characteristics of Alice

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alice

The name Alice is an anglicized variant of the Old French Adelaide which is of Germanic origin. The Germanic “adal” means ‘noble’ and “heid” means ‘kind, sort’ hence the meaning of Alice being ‘noble one.’ Both the French Adelaide and the English Alice were well established in medieval times. The name enjoyed immense popularity in the 19th century thanks in large part to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking Glass” (1872) based on his young child friend Alice Liddell. Due to the enduring popularity of these classic children’s books, and the quaintly commonsensical and beloved little heroine Alice, the name is almost synonymous with innocently adventurous little girls. Interestingly, today the name is most popular in Sweden and Italy (where it’s a Top 10 pick). It’s a Top 50 choice in France and England and a Top 100 in Ireland, Australia and Scotland. The North American countries (America and Canada) haven’t embraced the name in recent times as much, but it appears to be showing resurgence in popularity.

Popularity of the Name Alice

Alice was a Top 20 most popular girl’s name from 1880 up through 1928 (almost 50 straight years). The name remained on the Top 100 list until 1957 at which time Alice began to show signs of aging. The latter half of the 20th century saw old Alice committed to the back-burner as she swiftly went out of fashion. The name reached its lowest point of usage in 2002 when it hit position #444 on the charts. However, thanks to the triumphant return of 100-year-old classic names full of antique charm, Alice is currently enjoying a renaissance of sorts. The name is back on the Top 200 list of most-favored girls’ names. Not quite as impressive as Emma, Chloe, Lily or Lucy – but Alice is holding her own up the charts. This “noble” little name is so sweet and simple we’re not surprised that Europe beat America to its popularity. It’s a perfect little girl’s name that ages quite gracefully. Like a fine wine.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alice
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alice

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alice

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alice

    Alice (Alice in Wonderland) A Google search for this topic will net you almost 75 million hits. So what else can we say? Well, not much, probably, but that won’t stop us from trying. This is an all time classic, universally loved and translated, and has made incarnations in film, cartoons, comic books, toys – you name it. Lewis Carroll, as everyone knows, was the nom-de-plume for a reclusive Victorian Oxford don by the name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who seems to have been particularly entranced by one of the little daughters of the Dean of Christ Church, Alice Liddell. In his efforts to please her he wrote down the story he had been telling her on an outing. In so doing, he re-created for us a fabulous child on a fabulous adventure in two books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass between 1863 and 1871. Alice is no prissy little goody-goody. She is pert, sensible, questioning and determined, guiding us through the maze of her dream with clarity and élan. Alice has become a companion to millions of children through the years, especially little girls, and her very name conjures up a world of enchantment and magical delights, to which we may return at any time in adulthood.

    Alice B. Toklas (Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas) Alice was the longtime companion of Gertrude Stein, the writer and unofficial mistress of avant –garde society of Paris in the 1920s. Born in San Francisco in 1877, she went to Paris in 1907, met Stein, and the rest is history. Together they hosted receptions for the leading intellects and artists of their day. Publicly outshone by the more domineering Stein, she was nonetheless the muse behind the artist, providing devoted support and comfort until Stein’s death in 1946. She was immortalized by Stein in her memoirs, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and furthered her own fame with the publication of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, which of course, contained the recipe for the infamous hashish brownies. Yes, she did have a slight mustache, but we’ll forgive her that in light of her other accomplishments. And the “B” stands for Babette.

    Alice Cullen (Twilight Series) Alice Cullen is one of the characters in Stephanie Meyers’ hugely successful Vampire Series of books and movies in the teen fantasy romance genre. She is the adoptive sister of the main “good” vampire character, Edward Cullen, and is like a sister to the main character, Bella Swan. Alice is a bright, petite and pretty girl who has clairvoyant powers, a trait that got her institutionalized in her “human life”. She is also a typical young girl, who loves make-up, shopping and parties. A fiercely loyal friend to Bella, Alice is instrumental in defending her and Edward against their vast array of enemies in the vampire world, and in protecting their child, Renesmee, against false charges made against her.

    Alice Tomko Rollins (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) Alice is the mother of one of the main characters, Tibby, in the 2001 bestseller by Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which inspired a movie and several sequels. She was a hippie sculptor who had Tibby when she was only nineteen. She and Tibby’s father have two other children much later, when they are more mainstreamed, with the result that Tibby almost feels she is part of a different family. Alice may sometimes be a source of exasperation to her daughter, but she must be credited with producing a child of great wit and ingenuity.

  • Popular Songs on Alice

    Popular Songs on Alice

    Alice - a song by Raven-Symoné

    Alice - a song by Stevie Nicks

    Alice - a song by The Sisters of Mercy

    Alice - a song by Tom Waits

    Alice - a song by Moby

    Alice - a song by Avril Lavigne

    Alice in Wonderland - a song by Neil Sedaka

    Alice Is A Long Time Gone - by the Incredible String Band

    Alice Springs - a song by Liz Phair

    Alice's House - a song by The Psychedelic Furs

    Alice's Restaurant - a song by Arlo Guthrie

    All the Girls Love Alice - a song by Elton John

    Blues for Alice - a jazz song by Charlie Parker

    Goodbye Alice in Wonderland - a song by Jewel

    Hard Hearted Alice - a song by Alice Cooper

    Here Comes Alice - a song by Jesus and Mary Chain

    Hey Little Alice - a song by Aaron Neville

    Living Next Door to Alice - a song by Smokie

    Pay No Attention to Alice - a song by Tom T. Hall

    White Rabbit - a song by Jefferson Airplane

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alice

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alice

    A, My Name Is Alice (Jane E. Bayer) - The well-known jump rope ditty which is built on letters of the alphabet is illustrated with animals from all over the world. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) - Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is for most children pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new." There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, among a multitude of other characters--extinct, fantastical, and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser," seemingly without moral or sense. For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. Recommended for all ages.

    Alice in Wonderland Sticker Activity Book (Marty Noble) - Re-create scenes from the childhood classic with 21 delightful sticker illustrations of Alice, the March Hare, Mad Hatter, King and Queen of Hearts, tea party guests, and more. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alice the Fairy (David Shannon) - If Shannon's David is a little devil, Alice is on the angelic side (almost). Using the same oversize format that he did in books such as No, David! (1998), Shannon introduces young Alice, a fairy-in-training dressed up with wings, a wand, and patent leather shoes. Alice talks directly to her audience, informing them what fairies do and how she works her magic. "One time my mom made cookies for my dad. So I turned them into mine," she says, as she eyes the plate of cookies; in the next picture the plate is almost empty, and there are crumbs all over Alice's face. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alice the Tennis Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - It's an exciting time in Fairyland. Everyone is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics! But Jack Frost's goblins have stolen the Sports Fairies' magic objects. Now they're threatening to take over the whole competition! The Tippington Tennis Club is swarming with goblins. If Rachel and Kirsty don't snag Alice's magic racquet, the goblins are going to win --- game, set, and match! Find the enchanted object in each book, and help keep the Fairyland Olympics magical. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation (Lewis Carroll) - Illustrator Robert Sabuda brings Alice's world to life with breathtaking, three-dimensional images that are incredibly imaginative, intricately detailed, and perfectly executed. Carroll's text has been significantly abridged, and although some scenes are a bit choppy, the quickly paced narrative retains the flavor of the original. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Agony of Alice: The Alice Books (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor) - Alice's mother died when she was four. Now a sixth grader, she finds her all-male household no help with the process of growing up female. Through a series of incidents both hilarious and poignant, Alice searches for a female to help her cope with her adolescent anxieties. At first repulsed by her physically unattractive teacher, Mrs. Plotkin, Alice gradually realizes that although surrounded by a variety of role models, it is kind, sensitive Mrs. Plotkin who she wants to be like. The lively style exhibits a deft touch at capturing the essence of an endearing heroine growing up without a mother. Alice's forthcoming fans will agonize with her and await her further adventures. This book is the first of a long series of The Alice Books. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll) - The Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat-characters each more eccentric than the last, and that could only have come from Lewis Carroll, the master of sublime nonsense. In these two brilliant burlesques he created two of the most famous and fantastic novels of all time that not only stirred our imagination but revolutionized literature. Recommended for all ages.

    What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Fathe - Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things. Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure! Brimming with affection and wit, this spirited biography gives readers a peek family life inside the White House. Prose and pictures spring, gambol, and two-step across the pages to celebrate a maverick American heroine. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Alice

    Famous People Named Alice

    Famous People Named Alice - Alice Sebold (author); Alice McDermott (author); Alice Walker (author); Alice Brady (silent film star); Alice Faye (singer/actress); Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw (actress); Alice Cooper (male rock musician); Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (royalty); Alice Liddell (muse for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland); Alice Roosevelt Longworth (daughter to Teddy Roosevelt); Alice B. Toklas (paramour of writer Gertrude Stein); Alice Waters (famous chef and restaurateur)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alice

    Children of Famous People Named Alice

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Alice - Gary Cooper (actor); John Tyler (U.S. President); Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President); Tina Fey (comic/actress)

Personality of the Girl Name Alice

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alice

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