Gender: Female Meaning of Alicia: "noble" Origin of Alicia: Spanish variation of Alice Alicia's Popularity in 2019: #419

Alicia Origin and Meaning

The name Alicia is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "noble".

Alicia is a Latinized variation of Alice, a name ultimately derived from the German Adalhaidis. It emerged in the 19th century, but the 20th saw many spelling evolutions for Alicia, including Alecia, Alisha, Aleesha, and Alysha. Alyssa originated as a form of Alicia.

Alicia was more popular than its mother name for several years, adding a lacy, more balletic feel to the original. But their fortunes have reversed in recent years, with Alicia sinking down to its lowest rating since World War II while Alice has soared to the Top 100. Taken for its sound alone, Alicia is a lovely, feminine name, but parents should be aware that its innumerable phonetic versions have robbed it of some of its character.

Two high-profile Alicias are actress Silverstone and soul singer Keys; in the past there were ballerina Markova and the great Spanish classical pianist de Larrocha. Alicia is the birth name of Jodie Foster, and the singer known as Pink was originally Alecia. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who won an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, pronounces her first name "ah-LISS-ee-ah."

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Isabella_188 Says:


I like Ali as a nickname for Alicia!

snowsbeloved Says:


I know that this name gets the Italian pronunciation (uh-LEESH-ah) far more often than the Spanish one (ah-LEE-see-ah), but I agree that uh-LEESH-ah sounds very 80s and has too many variants that it's a hassle. I'm a little biased--my middle name at birth was Alicia (pronounced the Spanish way). And I like it more than my first name. But I know that I got spared a lot of trouble growing up having it as my middle name and not my first name. My first name has alternative spellings too, but the classic spelling is used WAY more, so I rarely got misspelled or mispronounced. (Except for some random J-spellings every once in a while). I ended up dropping Alicia when I got married because I grew up with GAG as my initials and getting married I would've been GAS. Alicia had to go :( Now I'm GGS

SouthernPeach Says:


Me too!

Alesha1 Says:


My name is a spelling variation of Alicia. Pronounced Uh-lee-Sha. I like it, but in my highschool of only 300 kids, there are 8 Alicia/Alysha/Alisha/Alesha’s. My aunt has this name as well. It was popular in the 70s/80s when most of the 14-20’s parents grew up, that’s why I think it’s popular for teens and early adults. My spelling is one of the hardest. I ALWAYS get Ashley or Al-esh-a, which is really annoying, especially at places like Starbucks where it’s always Ashley or Alison.

Lovebooks15 Says:


It is such a pretty name. Unfortunately there are many ways of saying it.
Alice- cia
It has cute nicknames that go with it though.

Daiseymae Says:


Very attractive name.

MelanieCora Says:


I have the same issues. I now just respond to any name that starts with an A in case someone is talking to me.

MelanieCora Says:


This is my name, pronounced ah-lee-sha. It's not very common where I live, so that, mixed with the fact that there are several pronunciations and spellings the majority of people get it wrong one way or the other. For these reasons I have never really liked my name, growing up correcting everyone was always a pain to me, it still bothers me to this day. I usually don't suggest this name to others.

Floris Says:


Pretty!:) It reminds me of the Good Wife. But I slightly prefer the name Alice, tbh.

shelbynh Says:


I think this name is quite lovely. Don't like the spellings Alisha or Alysha, but Alicia is elegant.

SimoneKadele Says:


Love the pronunciation uh-LEE-see-uh. Not uh-LEESH-uh so much....

berry_chick Says:


Personally, I think Alisha works well too. Perhaps because I pronounce Alicia and Alisha differently.

actingfun Says:


I absolutely love this name, especially when pronounced a-LEESH-a. In Spanish class, we were allowed to pick a Spanish names for ourselves, and I knew right away it was going to be Alicia (pronounced a-LEE-see-a). Either way, this name is beautiful.

Jinxgirl Says:


Very pretty and the only correct way to spell it

wavygirl Says:


I love this name but think it should not be pronounced A-LEE-se-ah but rather A-lee-sha! I dislike the spellings Aleesha, Alisha, Alysha, Elysha, and countless others. Stick with the classics :)!

scblovesnames Says:


I love this name.

ThistleThorn Says:


I pronounce this like A-Lee-sha. But, I've also heard people say it like A-lees-e-ah

AliciaDawn Says:


My name is Alicia and as stated several times before I have to tell people how to say and spell it often. I say Ah- Lee -Sha. I've met several girls with the same name but they all say and spell it differently I've known an Aleesha, an Elisha and an Alicia (said Alee-see-ah) . I've gotten called Alison and even Ashley many times. Its frustrating... Honestly I'd say pass on this name. It feels like it belongs in the 80's to me and its more trouble then its worth. All the confusion over spelling and pronunciation is really annoying... opted for something else like Alana or Aleah.

AliciaDawnCasey Says:


This is my name and my only problem is that people try to pronounce it wrong all the time and spell it wrong all the time.

Alicia1 Says:


I get the same thing! Including being called Allison.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


This is my name! I live in the U.S. and while my parents went with the pronunciation Ah-lee-sha I hear just about every other guess you can think of. And people are terrible at trying to spell it. I get called Alison a lot even though the two don't look or sound very similar. I usually just tell people that I go by Ali, it's much easier. But once people get used to it I get a lot of compliments!

Alicia1 Says:


This is my name and I love it. I do have to correct people often on how to pronounce it ah-Lees-ea. I don't hear it very often in my area. Most people think of it as a hispanic name, while it is, I am an English girl.