Gender: Female Meaning of Alyssa: "noble" Origin of Alyssa: English variation of Alicia Alyssa's Popularity in 2019: #171

Alyssa Origin and Meaning

The name Alyssa is a girl's name of English origin meaning "noble".

Alyssa was in the Top 20 from 1997-2010 and peaked as the 11th most popular girls’ name in 1998 and 1999 but has become less popular in recent years. It's related to the flower alyssum as well as to the classic Alice and variants. Alyssa Milano helped give it a bounce back when she was still a child sitcom star.

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Rank in US: #171

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Pop Culture References for the name Alyssa

Allisa, Ilyssa, Allyssa, Allissa, Alysa, Alyesa, Alysia, Lyssah, Alyissa, Ahlyssa, Lyssa, Elissa, Alysah, Alissa, Alyessa


remy11 Says:


Is it still pronounced like Uh-lyssa? Or is it more ALL-lyssa or AL-lyssa?

remy11 Says:


Totally agree! I had to stop saying "I'm Alyssa" and instead say, "Hi, my name is Alyssa" for this exact reason!

remy11 Says:


My name is Alyssa and I grew up in the '80s and there was only one other girl in my school with this name. I would always have to repeat my name when introducing myself because people would always say, "say that again-I've never heard that name before". As a matter of fact, I could never find my name on those trinkets and knick-knacks that had people's names on them back in the '80s, whereas now it's pretty common to find my name. I read it got much more popular in the late nineties to mid-2000's due to Alyssa Milano's popularity on Charmed.

remy11 Says:


This is my name and although I don't mind it, I'm not in love with it either. I think the biggest problem is that people are forever mispronouncing it. For my entire life, I've been getting Alicia, Elise, Eliza, Alysha, and Aleesa; even Allison. You can never say "I'm Alyssa" when introducing yourself because they think you're saying Melissa. I learned to instead say, "My name is Alyssa" and even then they still manage to somehow mess it up. I saw below that someone said it's an '80s sounding name, and unless they're saying that because they associate it with Alyssa Milano's popularity in the '80s as a teen star, I don't feel that it's an '80s-sounding name at all. I was born in the late '70s and there was only one other Alyssa in school with me during the '80s and '90s. If anything, I would say it's become more popular recently and sounds relatively modern, Nobody had heard of the name when I was a kid in the '80s, whereas a lot more people are familiar with it now and can at least pronounce it a little better due to its more recent rise in popularity. Also, when I was a kid, I could never find knick-knacks with my name on it, but can find them now as an adult with no problem.

Kirie3 Says:


My name is Alyssa and I have a lisp. It's a struggle to my name and people often misheard it. I still love my name though.

rayleemarie Says:


My sister thought she invented this name as a little kid, she was sad to learn she invented nothing but, the way she spelled it, Ulissa

Allyssa Riley Says:


So glad to see someone spell it like I do!

Allyssa Riley Says:


I like my spelling best ALLYSSA. Looks more balanced to me. Yes!!! I get people mispronouncing my name all the time. I have even been called Elijah before!!! Definitely unforgivable!!!;)

headintheclouds Says:


I perceive this as being a very 80's-ish name, almost time-stamp dated to that generation although it's still relatively popular today. But it is pretty and I do like it; IMO Alyssa has the potential to sound both gentle+ elegant, and spirited+ lively. I just really like the sound combination of Aly+ Lyssa together and the -lyssa spelling-- the spelling Alissa just isn't as nice, and similar-sounding Melissa doesn't hold the same appeal to me.

yourlocaldumpster Says:


My best friend's name. I love this, it's so pretty.

Alyssa Says:


My name is Alyssa. This is how introductions go, "Hi, I'm Alyssa." "Oh, hi Melissa." Even beyond that, it's mispronounced, misspelled, and I've honestly never been fond of it.

lissrose30 Says:


This is my name and I love it. I go by the nickname Liss but there are so many other nicknames.

Allyssa S Says:


It's amazing how many people cannot pronounce or spell this name... I feel like every time I introduce myself I have to repeat it 3 times.

CatherineAnn Says:


Love this name!

Starelli Says:


I'm an Alyssa. It's mispronounced sometimes, mostly by older people. I wanted to be called April for much of my childhood. I like it because I don't feel like my name ages me.

Zelliew Says:


Alyssa is a very pleasant name

Alyssa Jewell Says:


It's my name and every time I hear someone say it differently I freak out

Rush1986 Says:


I grew up with an Alyssa and i always loved the name! I think its great.

Alison Says:


it's sort of like my name, Alison.

Guest Says:


Even though it's popular I love it!!!