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Quick Facts on Alison

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 297
Simple meaning:
Nobility, of the noble kind

Characteristics of Alison

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alison

We had to do a lot of backtracking to determine the etymology of the name Alison. This was a very common name in the Middle Ages, derived from “Alice” which was used by the Norman French and brought to England in the 11th century. Alison persisted until the 16th century when it eventually fell from favor in England but proved particularly popular in Scotland where it maintained constant usage. Even though Alison was derived from Alice, Alice in turn comes from a reduced spelling variant of the Germanic “Adalheidis” (Adelaide) meaning noble (adal) kind (heid). So the root of Alison means “nobility” and the origins span across many groups.

Popularity of the Name Alison

Even though Allison with two “Ls” is now the preferred spelling in the United States, Alison (with one L) was the first to appear on the American popularity charts in 1934. The height of Alison’s popularity came in the mid-1980s when for two brief years she actually managed to squeak a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used female names. Today the name is forced to compete with so many different spelling variations and spin-offs. We like Alison in particular and consider it the most traditional spellings of all (it’s how the Scottish would spell it). The pet forms, Allie or Ally, have become names of choice in their own right. Gwyneth Paltrow used Alison as one of her daughter Apple’s middle names. Alison is a medieval name that became a 20th century favorite. So much so that many feel it’s been overused. Nonetheless, this ‘noble’ name is a keeper.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alison
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alison

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alison

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alison

    Alison (“The Miller’s Wife” in The Canterbury Tales) The Millers Tale was one of the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century (circa 1385). The character of Alison is introduced as the beautiful, wild and desirable young wife of a much older carpenter. A young student persuades Alison to have sex with him (stories were a bit racy back in the 14th century). They dupe the old carpenter into thinking a Great Flood is coming so that he must prepare tubs (hanging from the rafters) to provide floatation when the flood arrives. This keeps the carpenter preoccupied so the young lovers can get down to business. As the outlandish story unfolds, another suitor, the parish clerk, appears begging Alison for a kiss at her small bedchamber window. In the dark of night, she presents her rear end at the window so that he "kissed her naked arse full savorly.”

    Allison "Allie" Hamilton (The Notebook) Allie is the heroine of Nicholas Sparks’ 2004 bestseller, The Notebook, a sentimental love story about a young woman who must choose between an appropriate suitor and the man she really loves. As the story of the romance unfolds, narrated by the love of her youth, Noah, we are told of young Allie’s story side-by-side with that of the old Allie, who is dying of Alzheimer’s disease. Containing all the elements of melodrama, including a world war, hidden love letters, misunderstandings, teen-age angst and elderly frailty, this story pours it on like maple sugar, and is actually just as satisfying.

    Allison McKenzie (Peyton Place) Allison is the protagonist of Grace Metalious’ scandalous 1956 novel, Peyton Place, as well as the movie version. It also became one of television’s first “night-time soaps”, starring a young Mia Farrow in 1964. Set in a tranquil all-American community in New Hampshire, the novel exposes an underbelly of that same American life, one which includes rape, illegitimacy, incest, infidelity, and just about anything else you can think of. Allison represents a hopeful, youthful idealism, one which looks to the future and overcomes the obstacles of the past and present, no matter how challenging.

  • Popular Songs on Alison

    Popular Songs on Alison

    Alison - a song by Elvis Costello

    Alison - a song by Linda Ronstadt

    Alison - a song by Slowdive

    Alison's Starting to Happen - a song by the The Lemonheads

    Alison's the Bomb - a song by the Huntingtons

    Allison - a song by Jimmy Holiday

    Allison - a song by the Pixies

    Allison Road - a song by the Gin Blossoms

    Poor Little Allison - a song by Gordon Lightfoot

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alison

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alison

    Alison and the Prince (Dyan Sheldon) - Alison is not a wishy-washy sort of girl, on the contrary, she's a very contemporary young lady who plays the saxophone and thinks it might be fun to drive a bus. So when the Prince at the ball turns out to be as handsome as any story-book prince -- but extremely boring -- she tells him just what she thinks of him and walks out! This funny spoof on the traditional Cinderella theme will have wide appeal, especially for those slightly older readers looking for a lively story with a short text and easy vocabulary. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Alison on the Trail (Catherine Connor) - Her carelessness during a science experiment at school prompts Alison to visit the magic attic where she learns that she doesn't need to be first in everything. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Alison Rides the Rapids (Nina Alexander) - When a disastrous math test shakes her self-confidence, Alison goes through the magic mirror and finds her skills and courage tested as a junior river guide on a white-water rafting trip. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Alison Wonderland (Helen Smith) - After her husband leaves her for another woman, twentysomething Londoner Alison Temple impulsively applies for a job at the very P.I. firm she hired to trap her philandering ex. She hopes it will be the change of scene she so desperately needs to move on with her shattered life. At the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation, she spends her days tracking lost objects and her nights shadowing unfaithful husbands. But no matter what the case, none of her clients can compare to the fascinating characters in her personal life. There’s her boss, the estimable and tidy Mrs. Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbor; and—last but not least—her psychic postman. Her relationships with them all become entangled when she joins Taron for a road trip to the seaside and stumbles into a misadventure of epic proportions! Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, this humorous literary novel introduces a memorable heroine struggling with the everyday complexities of modern life. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Alison's Wings (Marion Dane Bauer) - Alison is a plucky girl who dreams she can fly. Her subsequent desire to sprout wings engages her family, best friend, and readers. Each of her attempts to become airborne falls short of the imagined joy until she succumbs once again to dream flight. A worthy choice for youngsters ready to take the plunge into chapter books. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Alison's Zinnia (Anita Lobel) - Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl" begins this luscious-looking alphabet book. Linking together a girl's name, a verb, and a flower, the brief text takes readers through 26 varieties and when "Zena zeroed in on a Zinnia for Alison," the chain comes full circle. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Alison

    Famous People Named Alison

    Famous People Named Alison - Alison Lohman (actress); Alison Sweeney (actress); Alison Arngrim (actress); Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly (actress); Alison Brie (actress); Alison Davis-Blake (golfer); Alison Doody (Irish actress and model); Alison Eastwood (actress/daughter of Clint Eastwood); Alison Kennedy (Scottish author); Alison King (actress); Alison Krauss (country musician); Alison Mosshart (musician); Alison Sudol (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alison

    Children of Famous People Named Alison

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Alison - Clint Eastwood (actor/director)

  • Historic Figures

    Alison - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Alison

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alison

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