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Gender: Female Origin of Alison: Norman French, diminutive of Alice Meaning of Alice: German, "noble" Alison's Popularity in 2017: #382

The name Alison is a girl's name of Scottish origin. Alison is ranked #382 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names with Inspirational Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

Alison has been long popular in Scotland and widely used here since the fifties; this more feminine medieval derivative of Alice had long surpassed the original in popularity. But now sounds a tad dated in the U.S., with Alice having leapfrogged back over Alison, Alicia and other variations. Allison is the only variant still ahead of the stylish Alice.

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Famous People Named Alison

Alison Maria Krauss, American country and bluegrass singer
Alison Ann "Ali" Sweeney, American actress
Alison Marion Lohman, American actress
Alison Elizabeth "Ali" Larter, American actress
Alison Loren Sudol, American musician of A Fine Frenzy
Alison "Ali" Hewson, Irish activist, wife of singer Bono
Alison Margaret Arngrim, American actress
Alison Courtney Pill, Canadian actress
Alison Brie (Schermerhorn), American actress
Alison "Ali" Gertz, American AIDS activist
(Geneviève) Alison Jane Moyet, English singer
Alison Riske, American tennis player
Alison Steadman, English actress
Alison Weir, English novelist
Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgian tennis player
Alison Bechdel, American cartoonist
Alison Bai, Australian tennis player
Alison Brown, American banjo player
Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrapp, English musician of duo Goldfrapp
Alison Joy Leggatt, English actress
Alison Wheeler, English singer of The Beautiful South
Alison Laura Carroll, English gymnast, model and actress; model for Lara Croft
Alison Jane Uttley, English children's author
Alison King, English actress
Alison Parker, American News Reporter shot on live TV
Alison "Ali" Oetjen, Australian reality TV star
Alison Eastwood (b. 1972), American actress; daughter of actor Clint Eastwood
Taylor Alison Swift, American singer and songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Alison

Alison DiLaurentis, character in the Pretty Little Liars series
Alison Hendrix, character in TV's "Orphan Black"
Alison Humphrey, character in the Gossip Girl series
Alison Robb, character in the Canterwood Crest series
Alison Barrington Kovich, character in TV soap "Port Charles"
Alison Mongrain, character in Spider-Man comics
Alison Argent, character on TV's Teen Wolf
Alison Bailey, lead character on TV's "The Affair"
Alison O'Sullivan, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Alison Stanhope, title character in "Alison's House," play by Susan Glaspell
Alison Findlay, main character in "Alison's Birthday," 1981 Australian horror movie
Alison Ford, character in "Portrait of Alison," British movie and TV series
Alison Poole, character in Jay McInerney's novel "Story of My Life", recurring character in Bret Easton Ellis's novels
Alison Sedge, a character in The Deptford Mice trilogy of books by Robin Jarvis
"Hating Alison Ashley," 2005 Australian comedy movie
"Alison," song by Elvis Costello
"Alison," song by Slowdive
"Alison," song by French singer Jordy Lemoine
"Alison Hell", song by Annihilator
"Alison's Starting To Happen", song by The Lemonheads
"Alison's the Bomb", song by The Huntingtons
"Alison and Willie," English folk song
"Alison and Maud," BBC radio comedy series


paulapuddephatt Says:


I have friends who are either Alison or Allison. I go in phases as to which spelling I prefer. Apart from Alice, this is the one name in this group which I still currently like. Alicia is okay, but all the Alissa, Alyssa type names were so overdone, that I think they need a rest.

Jessica Kainer Says:


I agree...same goes for me with the name Sara...I much prefer Sarah

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I much prefer Allison. It look more complete to me than Alison. Just my opinion.

Catastroffy Says:


This is the name of my main character, a relative of mine, and a pet lizard we used to have. I am very fond of it.

britkarma Says:


This is my sisters name. I like both spellings, I might prefer the double L better though. It's such a romantic, pretty girl name. I've never heard it personally except for on my sister.

ldougie Says:


I like this spelling better than the double l.