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Quick Facts on Alissa

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 731
Simple meaning:
Noble one

Characteristics of Alissa

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alissa

Alissa is an English contracted form of Alicia. Alicia in turn is a modern Latinate form of Alice. Alice is a variant of “Adelaide” which is an Old French spelling of the ancient Germanic female name “Adaheidis” – composed of the elements “adal” (noble) and “heid” (kind, type). Adaheidis is one of those old, old names that has given birth to many off-shoot names since medieval times: Alice, Alison, Alicia, and Alissa are among them. The names Alyssa and Alissa are more modern renditions of Alice/Alicia and didn’t come on to the naming scene in any significant way until the latter half of the 20th century.

Popularity of the Name Alissa

Alissa has basically ridden the popularity wave of Alyssa since the 1960s. The name was first introduced to the American female naming charts in 1966 following Alyssa which made her debut in 1963. Actually, Alisa with one “s” was first to the scene in 1953. So this name has pretty modern roots in America. Alyssa is by far and away the most preferred spelling of this name (in fact 90% of the parents out there opt for Alyssa and only 7% for Alissa). Alyssa is even more popular than both Alice and Alicia today. Alissa is a pretty name that sounds contemporary and feminine. If you like the “-lissa” suffix you also might want to consider Melissa or Julissa. And as we mention above, the Alissa names come from Adelaide originally, while the “Elisa” names come from Elizabeth. They sound similar but have very different roots.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alissa
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alissa

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alissa

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alissa

    Alissa We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alissa.

  • Popular Songs on Alissa

    Popular Songs on Alissa

    Alissa - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Alissa.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alissa

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alissa

    Alissa, Princess of Arcadia (Jillian Ross) - Alissa is impatient with her great-aunts' lessons in fine manners. She'd much rather study with her new teacher, Balin, a wise and powerful wizard. Balin's lessons take on new importance when his crystal ball reveals a threat to the kingdom. Can Alissa solve a series of riddles in time to prevent disaster? Full color illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Alissa

    Famous People Named Alissa

    Famous People Named Alissa - Alissa Czisny (figure skater); Alissa York (writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alissa

    Children of Famous People Named Alissa

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Alissa - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alissa.

  • Historic Figures

    Alissa - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Alissa

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 - Alissa

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