Gender: Female Meaning of Alice: "noble" Origin of Alice: German Alice's Popularity in 2019: #73

Alice Origin and Meaning

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

Alice was derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis. Adalhaidis, from which the name Adelaide is also derived, is composed of the Proto-Germanic elements aþala, meaning “noble,” and haidu, “kind, appearance, type.” Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland popularized the name in modern times.

Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. Alice has experienced a recent surge in popularity along with other girl names starting with A.

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 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.

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Rank in US: #73

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Famous People Named Alice

Pop Culture References for the name Alice

Allyson, Allison, Alia, Ellie, Alyson, Alyssa, Elsa, Alison, Allie, Alidee, Aliki, Aleece, Allisunne, Alless, Ali, Elli,

Alice's International Variations

Aili (Scottish) Alisa, Alya (Russian) Alisia, Alizala (Polish) Alika, Aleka (Hawaiian) Aliz, Alizka, Alike, Lici (Greek) Alica (Czech) Ailis (Irish) Licha, Alicia (Spanish)


Alice2678 Says:


My name Alice and I don't really like it because I feel like it is too proper and fancy but it makes me feel really good hearing all of you say you love it!

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I remember being in Italy one time an watching Alicé's cooking show :).

ivy194 Says:


I know a teenager named Alice and she rocks it. I agree with you on it's classiness and beauty, though!

ivy194 Says:


This name is gorgeous! I plan to name my daughter Alice Helena ❤️

ivy194 Says:


Wow what was I thinking when I posted that? I must have been in a bad mood. Actually, I love my own name and this name too! ❤️

AliceTiger Says:


Also, my brother and sister always annoy me by singing Alice the camel!

AliceTiger Says:


My name is Alice Elisabeth. I have always loved it, but it is quite popular. There are always at least 3 Alices in all the schools I’ve been to.

AliceTiger Says:


This is my name and I love it!!!!

Annabvella Says:


Oh god no.

ivy194 Says:


this is my big sisters name i love it am so envious.
i hate my name. its ivy. shes so lucky!!!!

mirameirene Says:


I like “Allyes” as an alternative

Alice61907 Says:


My name is Alice, and I am growing up in new England currently. I don't think of it as a common name, as I am the only Alice in my middle school containing well over 10,000 students. I haven't ever been bullied for my name, but sometimes I can tell people judge me for it, and sometimes I wish I had a normal name, like "Hannah" or something

bordercollie Says:


Okay, I've officially been won over by Alice! A charming name.

burg123 Says:


would totally use this as a middle name

oliviamcdonald Says:


I’m trying to like this name. It’s such a pretty and light name and has a nice spark. but I can’t get beyond Vicar of Dibley. So my first thought is a girl who’s dim and ditsy, either that or head in the clouds like Alice in Wonderland. (I think my problem is neither character is particularly smart, but pretty). I do hope people use the name more though because it really is lovely, and it would change those negative images if there were more Alice’s.

K23 Says:


Alice is actually both Old French and Germanic. "From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis (see ADELAIDE)."
Anyway it's one of my favorite names.

Brenna Whitaker Says:


My daughter is Alice Whitaker too :) We've been singing Alice the Camel to her since she was born, I've never known anyone else who knows the song!

Alice Whittaker Says:


"Alice the camel" I mean lol

Alice Whittaker Says:


That's crazy I was born in '83 and was never teased for it ! Although I hated the song at school "Alice be camel" but I was never teased. Love my name !

Liz Kent Says:


Alice and Martha are such a sweet pair

Alice Says:


Same here! Born in 85

bordercollie Says:


I don't particularly like Alice, the image I get is either an old lady or a spoiled little girl, not much in between. It does have a lovely meaning and I don't discourage anyone from using it, but I've never liked it. Much prefer Alison.

Sarastarnamenerd Says:


Beautiful for all ages of life, except its hard for me to imagine a teenager named Alice. That just seems weird to me, although the name is beautiful and classy for all other ages!

Katarina Merissa Riggs-Curtrig Says:


My daughter Alice was born March first of this year :)

I've had the name chosen since I was very young (maybe for about 20 years now) because I love anything Alice in wonderland.

Namey7 Says:


Yeah, stop complaining. Anyway, no worrys. Alice is no longer popular.

Namey7 Says:


Pretty, I would imagine.

Namey7 Says:


Is it? Nice.

Namey7 Says:


I hope so.

Namey7 Says:


It is not popular. I know 2 people called Alice and I live in the largest village in England.

Namey7 Says:


Thank you. I completely agree

Namey7 Says:


You are horrible. Why? Alice is the best name ever!

Namey7 Says:


I have advice for crushing. If she has a boyfriend, talk to him about what she likes and give her a gift with a love note on it. Don't worry, if he is a decent person he will just give you the info and leave. If he isn't, explain to him that you you are just wondering. If she doesn't have a boyfriend, just go up to her and tell her you love her, with a box of chocolates or a bunch of roses. Don't be nervous, who knows she might love you to.
And yeah, I love the name Alice too.

Namey7 Says:


I disagree. I know a lovely girl named Alice. She is super noble. She is also spunky and unusual, but her name is still perfect.

Jack Says:


I've silently crushed on a girl named Alice for 3 years, but I loved the name before that too. I'm probably naming my kid/a character/a pet/a plant/something Alice.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Classic and beautiful

Sully9 Says:


Alice is such a sweet name. Seems like it slfits with any name

auntanne1122 Says:


I strongly Dislike this name. It makes me cringe!

ShaelynnSophia Says:


If I had a daughter right now this would be her name. It's a perfect mixture of class and strength.

Lola Says:


My middle name is Alice, as is my grandmother's. If I ever have a girl it will be her middle name. I feel like this is a name like Elizabeth or Margaret. Impossible to go out of style.

berry_chick Says:


I think it's a lovely name! It's a classic, and this might be because I don't know too many Alices, but I never found it boring.

thenamer007 Says:


Here they come to snuff the rooster aw yeah

Though to be honest I've never liked this name. I never liked the sound of it and it's just about as bland as Mary. But seeing as it's #5 on Nameberry and this is the only comment so far that's entirely negative...I won't stop anyone from using this name. Go ahead ;)

kitchi1 Says:


Do you have any idea how popular it is in Germany?

kitchi1 Says:


Nah, I think Alice is a name that could work for anyone. I know of sweet and polite Alices and spunky, rebellious Alices.

kitchi1 Says:


I was thinking the same thing.

Eliza500 Says:


This name is absolutely perfect.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


Not always the case.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


One of my friends' names is Alice. I really love it, but might be too popular.

fromtheocean12 Says:


I just love this name so much! It could work for a sweet little girl, but also a spunky and edgier girl as well (think Disney princesses gone wrong)! Love it <3

coruscations Says:


This is my name, and growing up in the 80's and 90's I was teased for it. It was terribly uncool, the name of the housekeeper in the Brady Bunch and was seen as a frumpy name. I hated it at the time. So I'm tickled to see it becoming so popular and fashionable!

rgp19 Says:


I am starting to really like Alice. The meaning is also a plus.

jsd079 Says:


I think this name is about to make big, speedy comeback. My guess it will make its way to the Top 20 in the next 5 years. Especially since it was the 2nd choice of name for the royal princess.

Sirena Clarke Says:


I had no idea this name was German! Beautiful!

PineWarrior Says:


Gah! I wish this name wasn't so popular-if I ever had a girl this would be my go to name but. . . it's so popular right now. (Then again, my name is Grace and my name is even more popular so. . . shouldn't really be complaining, right?)

headintheclouds Says:


LOVE. Alice is one of my favorite girls' names. It's lovely and timelessly classic, and has the feel of being regal and elegant + spunky and whimsical at the same time. Plus it also honors an important person in my life named Audrey with its meaning.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I wish this name weren't so popular in Australia, I love it!

ThistleThorn Says:


This is my favorite girls name, because it can work on someone really polite and proper, but, can also be sassier and spunky, like Alice in Chains

Leola Says:


I love this name ;) It is beautiful.

Leah3456 Says:


This name makes me picture a sweet, little girl.

Plutophelia Says:


alice cooper

ladybug99 Says:


Saying this name out loud literally makes you smile.

AnonymousPerson Says:


The problem with this name is that it always brings to mind a perfectly polite and sweet little girl, and wouldn't really work for somebody more spunky and unusual.

loopybex123 Says:


I have a daughter called Alice im upset its becoming popular as I like mre unusual names, but love it :D x