Alice Origin and Meaning

The name Alice is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble".

Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, ranking in the US Top 100 and popular throughout the western world. Alice is derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis, which is composed of the Proto-Germanic elements aþala, meaning "noble," and haidu, "kind, appearance, type."

Alice is quite distinct among traditional girls’ names—more feminine and dainty than Mary and Helen, more substantive than Ann or Jane, yet with more lightness and innocent charm than Margaret or Katharine.

Alice has been riding a fresh wave of popularity, not only in the US and other English-speaking countries but in places as diverse as Italy, France, Brazil, and Sweden. That makes Alice a remarkably international choice.

Alice is a darling of literature, from the immortal heroine in Alice in Wonderland to an unusual number of fine modern writers like Alices Munro, Walker, Sebold, Hoffman, McDermott, Adams, and Elliott Dark. In other fields, there were First Daughter Alice Roosevelt, painter Alice Neel, food innovator Alice Waters, and literary figure Alice B. Toklas, to name a few.

As a British royal, Alice was Queen Victoria's second daughter, the princess who shocked her Victorian mother by breastfeeding her baby. More recently, Tina Fey helped popularize the name when she chose it for her daughter.

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Alice Rank in US Top 1000

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Alice Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Alice

  • (Marie) Alice HeinePrincess consort of Albert I of Monaco
  • Alice of ChampagneQueen consort of Hugh I of Cyprus
  • Alice Maud MaryPrincess of the U.K.; Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine; daughter of Queen Victoria
  • (Victoria) Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie of BattenbergPrincess Andrew of Greece and Denmark, mother of Britain's Prince Philip
  • Alice Mary Victoria Augusta Pauline of AlbanyPrincess of the U.K.; Countess of Athlone; granddaughter of Queen Victoria
  • Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas ScottPrincess of the U.K.; Duchess of Gloucester; wife of Prince Henry
  • Alice (Alicia Maria Carolina Ferdinanda Rachael Giovanna Filomena)Princess of Bourbon,Parma, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
  • Alice Perrersmistress of King Edward III of England
  • Alice Babette ToklasAmerican memoirist; partner of author Gertrude Stein
  • Alice Sophia EveEnglish actress
  • Alice TaglioniFrench actress
  • Alice GlassCanadian American lead singer of band Crystal Castles
  • Alice Hannah Meiqui GreczynAmerican actress and model
  • Alice Ann MunroCanadian novelist
  • Alice LisleEnglish martyr
  • Alice Stokes PaulAmerican suffragist
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworthdaughter of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
  • Alice SchwarzerGerman feminist and publisher
  • Alice SeboldAmerican novelist
  • Alice Malsenior WalkerAmerican novelist and activist
  • Alice Jane EvansBritish actress
  • Alice RipleyAmerican actress
  • Alice BurdeuAustralian fashion model
  • Alice Pleasance LiddellEnglish girl who inspired Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"
  • Alice Allegra EnglertAustralian actress
  • Alice FelgateBritish actress
  • Alice of JerusalemPrincess of Antioch
  • Alice HoffmanAmerican novelist
  • Alice McDermottAmerican novelist
  • Alice Faye (born Alice Jeane Leppert)American actress
  • Alice SiuPing Chan Wong, Canadian MP and cabinet minister
  • Alice Mary TaitAustralian Olympic swimmer
  • Alice "Allie" Marriottco,founder of Marriott International
  • Alice WatersAmerican chef
  • Alice Cecilia Linh SvenssonSwedish singer
  • Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGrawAmerican actress
  • Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier)American male rock musician
  • Alice Massey (b. 1977)daughter of actors Daniel Massey and Penelope Wilton
  • Alice Nina Deen (b. 1982)daughter of designer Nina Campbell
  • Alice Walker (b. 1991)daughter of singer Sara Dallin of Bananarama and dancer Bassey Walker
  • Alice Coltrane (b. 1998)daughter of actor Robbie Coltrane
  • Alice Zenobia Richmond (b. 2005)daughter of actress Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
  • Alice Ann Cavanagh (b. 2006)daughter of actor Tom Cavanagh
  • Alice Rigney Oswalt (b. 2009)daughter of actor Patton Oswalt
  • Alice Grace Green (b. 2013)daughter of novelist John Green
  • Alice Harper Fiore Tigerman (b. 2013)daughter of actress Kathryn Fiore and Gabriel Tigerman
  • Alice Rose Wood (b. 2016)daughter of English rock musician, songwriter, multi,instrumentalist, artist, author and radio personality Ronnie Wood
  • Alice Goodwin (b. 1985) British Glamour Modelfrom England
  • Alice BallAmerican chemist

Alice in Pop Culture

  • "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" novel by Lewis Carroll
  • Alice Kingsleighcharacter in 2010 film "Alice in Wonderland," based on the novel
  • Alice Abernathymain character in "Resident Evil" series
  • Alice Ayrescharacter in play/film "Closer"
  • Alice Baskervillecharacter in the manga/anime "Pandora Hearts"
  • Alice Hyattmain character in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," 1974 film and TV series "Alice"
  • Alice "Lola" Ackermancharacter in "Cam"
  • Alice Cullencharacter in the Twilight Saga
  • Alice McKinleymain character in the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Alice Kinnoncharacter in 1998 film "The Last Days of Disco"
  • "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" 2009 thriller film
  • Alice Longbottomcharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Alice Stockhourcharacter in Lauren DeStefano's "The Internment Chronicles"
  • Alicecharacter in "Living Dead Girl" by Elizabeth Scott
  • Dame Alicecharacter in "Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Alice Donnellycharacter in "Racing with the Moon"
  • Alice May Doylecharacter on TV's "Frasier"
  • Alice Fairfaxcharacter in "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
  • Alice Holbrookcharacter in "The Truth About Love"
  • Alice Leedscharacter in "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac" by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Alice Mentoncharacter in "Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
  • Alice Munrocharacter in "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Alice Quinncharacter in "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman
  • Alice Woodscharacter in "Channel Zero"
  • Alice Ranntcharacter in "Sims: 3 Moonlight Bay"
  • Alice Westfall Rasheedcharacter in "Virgins of Paradise" by Barbara Wood
  • Alice Starkycharacter in "This Golden Land" by Barbara Wood
  • Alice Tallischaracter in 2002 film "Killing Me Softly"
  • Alice Twilightcharacter in "No More Heroes 2"
  • Alice Woodcharacter in "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte
  • Alice Angelcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Alice Hamiltonmain character in 2009 miniseries "Alice"
  • Alice Jean Stamper Greer Ellestoncharacter in Barbara Kingsolver's "The Bean Trees"
  • Alice May Waterscharacter in novel "Shooter" by Caroline Pignat
  • Alice Elizabeth Milthorpetwin character in the "Prophecy of the Sisters" trilogy; twin of sister Amelia
  • Alice Coopermother to Polly and Betty Cooper in Archie Comics and TV's Riverdale
  • Alicecharacter in "Normal Lost Phone"
  • Alicecharacter in "The Ancient Magus's Bride"
  • "Go Ask Alice" 1971 novel written anonymously
  • Alicea programming language
  • Alice in Chainsan American rock band
  • Alice NineJapanese rock band
  • Alice + Oliviaa fashion brand
  • "Alice" a song by Moby
  • "Alice Academy" anime series
  • Alicecharacter in video game Detroit Become Human
  • Alice Mayberrycharacter in 'The Clock' (1945) played by Judy Garland
  • Alicecharacter in the Dilbert Comic Strip
  • Alice Morgancharacter in TV show “Luther”
  • Alicecharacter from the Star Trek: Voyager episode titled "Alice" , Alice was the name that Tom Paris gave to an alien shuttlecraft he bought from Abaddon's Repository of Lost Treasures in the Delta Quadrant. The ship's computer contained a program that could manifest itself as a person to its pilot.
  • Alice Lonsdale (nee Parslow)character in "The Book of Dust" series by Philip Pullman.

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