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Quick Facts on Alicia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 320
a-LEASH-ah, or a-LEE-see-ah
Simple meaning:
Noble one

Characteristics of Alicia

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alicia

The name Alicia is a modern Latinate form of the name Alice. Alice in turn is an anglicized variant of the Old French Adelaide which has Germanic origins. 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. Variations of Alice were soon to follow in the late 19th century and Alicia is one such example. Alicia was the 43rd most popular girl’s name in Spain (2009).

Popularity of the Name Alicia

The name Alicia dates back to 1880 in America, the first year the U.S. government began tracking naming trends. Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Alicia was used quite sparingly. The name would not take off into moderate usage until the 1920s, but its real popularity came in the 1970s. Alicia achieved a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in 1972 and she would eventually become a Top 50 favorite in the 1980s. The name’s peak popularity came in 1984 when Alicia was the 40th most popular girl’s name in America. She would eventually fall off the Top 100 list in 1999 and as we enter into the 21st century, Alicia appears to be losing her luster. Today, she is no longer on the Top 200 list. Nevertheless, names that spawned from Alice (Alicia, Alison, Alyssa) are altogether still quite common. These little girls of “noble birth” have a certain dignified and graceful sound to them. Owing to some of its popularity in America, Alicia (pronounced ah-LEE-see-sah) is also the Spanish-speaking equivalent to the name Alice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alicia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alicia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alicia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alicia

    Alicia (Alicia’s Diary) Alicia is the narrator of “Alicia’s Diary”, an 1887 short story by Thomas Hardy. She is caught in the uncomfortable position of being in love with her sister’s fiancée, Charles, and he with her. Coming up with an improbable plan to deceive the sister, the illicit would-be lovers are dismayed when their deception backfires. Charles marries Alicia’s sister out of honor, but shortly after the ceremony leaves her. After several months have passed, his drowned body is found, an apparent accident. Alicia suspects suicide, of course. In the next few years, Alicia’s sister marries a good man, and Alicia dutifully records the happy ending for her. Alicia and Charles, of course, have no such pretty fate, and Alicia quotes Sir Walter Scott with stunning accuracy: “O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”

  • Popular Songs on Alicia

    Popular Songs on Alicia

    Alicia - This Song Is Yours - a song by The Bard R. Campbell

    Alicia Amnesia - a song by Butch Walker

    Alicia Beautiful Girl - a song by Jeanne Rose

    Alicia Quays - a song by Jamie T [explicit]

    Alicia Ross - a song by Kathleen Edwards

    Alicia's Song - a song by Tfmb

    What of Alicia - a song by Terry Allen

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alicia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alicia

    Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina (Carmen T. Bernier-Grand) - A biography in free verse of Cuba’s most famous ballerina. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Alicia and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches (Steven J. Simmons) - Steven is the author of the best-selling children's book, Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches. He was inspired to write the story while playing with his children on a hill behind his home. In an interview on "The Today Show," Steven said that he felt a "spontaneous combustion" as the story took shape in his mind. He visits schools and reads his stories to many classrooms full of eager listeners. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Alicia en el pais de las maravillas (Lewis Carroll) - Spanish edition of Alice in Wonderland. Uno de los libros mas sorprendentes de la literatura universal, en el que se describe un pecualiarisimo mundo gobernado por leyes de una logica muy particular y poblado de personajes tan chocantes como el Sombrero, el gato de Cheshire o la Duquesa, que ha fascinado a niños y adultos de todo el mundo. Incluye un apendice con un anaslisis del libro desde multiples perspectivas. Recommended for all ages.

    Alicia Has a Bad Day (Lisa Jahn-Clough) - Alicia awakens to a very bad day and nothing she tries, such as playing loud music and dancing, stamping on ant hills, or moping, seems to help. Finally, she goes outside and is caught in a rain storm, whereupon she comes home and crawls under her bed, which is "the darkest, dreariest place I know." It is there that her dog finds her and licks her face, making her feel better. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alicia Keys (John Bankston) - Even as a kid, Alicia knew music was in her heart. Fortunately, she grew up in New York City, a place offering everything from free concerts in Central Park to the background music of street and subway performers. She had the chance to take advantage of the culture the city provided as well as its quality education. At 12 years old, she auditioned and was accepted to the Professional Performing Arts School. For Alicia, the school was an artistic playground. Soon, she was on her way to her first recording contract. After disagreements with Columbia Records, Alicia was able to record her music, her own way, for Clive Davis and his newly formed J Records. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, along with her hit single, Fallin’, have put Alicia in the winner’s circle with 5 Grammy Awards. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, became a triple platinum album. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Alicia's Best Friends (Lisa Jahn-Clough) - The author of Alicia Has a Bad Day explores another real-life challenge for her carrot-haired, bespectacled heroine whose friends demand she select a favorite among them. As she takes turns enjoying each highly qualified candidate, including her dog, the girl always realizes how much she misses Mitchell, Charlotte, Henry, or Lucy. Jahn-Clough's childlike, multicultural cartoon paintings prove highly successful in using color to evoke mood. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alicia's Happy Day (Meg Starr) - Happy is the operative word here, all right. Young Alicia, who is celebrating her birthday, is on the dust jacket snapping her fingers. As she walks along the city streets, people wave, taxi drivers smile; even the traffic lights seem to say "walk." The text is short and bouncy: "May Mammi and Poppi hug you? / Titi Penelope sing to you." A Latino flavor sweetens the story, but Alicia could be any child delighted with a day that is so his or hers that even the pigeons seem to know it. Although some of the characters are awkwardly drawn, the watercolor art brings a community to life. Use this infectious tale at toddler story hours, particularly one about birthdays. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Alicia's Treasure (Diane Gonzales Bertrand) - A dream of seeing the seashore comes true for Alicia Inez Ramos, 10, when she travels with her brother to visit his girlfriend's family for the weekend. Alicia describes the longed-for activities she now has an opportunity to experience, such as swimming, surfing, picnicking on the sand, fishing, and watching the sunrise. Woven into the story are typical sibling disagreements that crop up between Alicia and her brother. The girl also discovers that fantasy expectations have a downside: sand in her food and tar on her bathing suit. This is a lively first-person narrative. Bertrand keeps the story moving as quickly as the weekend passes for Alicia. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Alicia's Tutu (Robin Pulver) - Little girls can be very determined, especially about such important things as what to wear in ballet class. Alicia is no exception. Dancers need tutus, she believes, and Alicia needs one right away. When Alicia learns that grandma is sending a present, she's sure the tutu is on its way. Mom keeps warning her that it's a new bed so that her younger brother Josh can have her old one, but determined ballerinas have no time for such input, and Alicia remains unconvinced. Everything works out eventually, and Alicia learns an important lesson in the process. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    My Sister, Alicia May (Nancy Tupper Ling) - Rachel describes both the love and the frustration she feels in dealing with her sister, Alicia May, who has Down syndrome. Everything about this title is well done: the artistically rendered colorful pictures are almost photographic in their detail, and the narrative, which portrays Alicia May in positive terms, never surrenders to the usual banality of many books on the topic. Recommend My Sister to children looking for a book written from the perspective of a child with a special-needs sibling. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Alicia

    Famous People Named Alicia

    Famous People Named Alicia - Alicia Keys (musician); Alicia Silverstone (actress); Alicia Foster (better known as Jodie Foster, actress/director); Alecia Moore (better known as Pink, singer); Alicia Bridges (singer); Alicia Coppola (actress); Alicia Witt (actress); Alicia Fox (WWE wrestler); Alicia Molik (tennis player); Alicia Morton (actress); Dame Alicia Markova (English ballerina)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alicia

    Children of Famous People Named Alicia

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Alicia - André Previn (pianist/composer); Evel Knievel (daredevil); Paul Anka (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Alicia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alicia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alicia.

Personality of the Girl Name Alicia

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alicia

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