Girl Baby Name

Alyssa

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Quick Facts on Alyssa

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 57
Pronunciation:
ə-LIS-ə
Simple meaning:
Noble one; Curing madness

Characteristics of Alyssa

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alyssa

Alyssa is typically accepted as a variant of Alicia, which is a modern Latinate form of Alice. Alice is an English off-shoot of the ancient Germanic female name Adalheidis, composed of the words “adal” meaning “noble” and “heid” meaning “kind, type”. From this perspective, Alyssa is said to mean “the noble one”. However, the name Alyssa may have been inspired by the alyssum flower of the mustard plant family found in the Mediterranean (among other places); “alyssum” comes from the Greek root “-a” (meaning “not, against”) and “lyssa” (meaning “madness, rage, insanity”) because in ancient times the plant was believed to cure madness. “Alyssos” (αλύσσο) essentially meaning “curing madness” and was used to treat people bitten by rabid animals. The low-growing white and yellow flowers (some pink/purple) are said to symbolize “worth beyond beauty” and the sweet smell of alyssum is believed to restore emotional balance. As a female given name, Alyssa was first made popular in the United States in the 1970s and 80s but has since spread to other English-speaking countries. While the name is still most popular in America, Alyssa also shows up on the Top 100 lists of baby girl names in Australia, Canada and Scotland.

Popularity of the Name Alyssa

Alyssa made her first appearance on America’s Top 1000 list in 1963 so we would consider her quite modern in both style and sound. The name took off up the charts fairly “rabidly” and eventually achieved Top 100 status in 1986. American parents basically went “mad” for this name; it was one of the most commonly used baby girl names through the 1990s on up through the turn of the 21st century. Alyssa’s peak popularity came in 1998 and 1999 when she was the 11th most favored choice for baby girls in the country. Today the name is dropping down closer to the Top 50, but she’s still going strong on a relative basis. We love the “curing madness” etymology from the pretty little flower and the peaceful balance the plant is said to bring (a great name for Libra baby girls – the sign of balance). Alyssa reminds us of Melissa and Jessica – names with modern appeal yet ancient roots.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alyssa
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alyssa

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alyssa

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alyssa

    Alyssa We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Alyssa.

  • Popular Songs on Alyssa

    Popular Songs on Alyssa

    Alyssa Lies - a country song by Jason Michael Carroll

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alyssa

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alyssa

    Alyssa & The Big Climb (Tami LoPresti) - Do you know how good the best cookie in the entire land would taste? Well, there's this daring little girl named Alyssa who does, and she'll do anything she has to so she can get one. There are just two problems: First-The cookies are up on top of a very high shelf. And Second-Her mommy already said no. Her sister thinks she's crazy, but she has a plan... Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions: Book 1: From Frights to Flaws (Sunayna Prasad) - Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors? Recommended for ages 9-13.

    Alyssa the Star-Spotter Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Superstar Fairies take center stage for a brand-new, magical fairy adventure! Rachel and Kirsty are thrilled when their fairy friends whisk them away to the Fairyland Music Festival! But the festival is one big mess, because Jack Frost has stolen the Superstar Fairies' magic music notes. He's determined to be the biggest superstar in the world...and the girls are determined to stop him! It's always exciting to discover a brand-new superstar, and that's just what Alyssa the Star-Spotter Fairy does! But she can't do her job without her magic music note. Can Rachel and Kirsty help her find the magic -- and a new superstar? Find the missing music note in each book and help save the superstar magic! Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Alyssa

    Famous People Named Alyssa

    Famous People Named Alyssa - Alyssa Milano, actress

  • Children of Famous People Named Alyssa

    Children of Famous People Named Alyssa

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Alyssa - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who named their daughter Alyssa.

  • Historic Figures

    Alyssa - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alyssa - We cannot find any people of historic significance with the first name Alyssa.

Personality of the Girl Name Alyssa

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Alyssa

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