Alice in Nameland

A tribute today to the wonderful writer Alice Munro, winner of the prestigious 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature—and to other notable Alices who share her classic name. We love Alice for its blend of great qualities—she’s sweet and dainty yet strong and substantive, traditional and timeless but still feels young and fresh. Here, some Alices who’ve made a name for themselves.

Alice Munro

This year’s recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature as a “master of the modern short story” was born in Ontario, Canada in 1931, and her work has been acclaimed since the publication of her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades in 1968, which won Canada’s highest literary prize. Munro is the first Canadian to win a Nobel in Literature.

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oboeplayer1 Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 12:16 am

I’m so glad to see a whole post devoted to Alice 🙂

Jesabel Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 12:25 am

I love love love the name Alice! It’s one of my top choices for a future girl, I just hope that it doesn’t become ridiculously popular, it’s number 49 in my state in Australia.

It’s all the things you mentioned, strong yet sweet, with a bit of spunk but totally classic and classy.

Erinm Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 4:13 am

Love the name Alice. As long as we don’t mention the Brady Bunch…

jjayx Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 7:03 am

Prince Philip’s mother is also an Alice, Princess Alice of Battenberg to be precise. I do love Alice, though. It’s sweet, beautifully classical and there is a strong, simplicity to it that’s lovely.

maggiemary Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 7:58 am

I adore the name Alice. My brother and SIL are expecting a baby in early December, which they’ve been told is a boy, but the girl’s name they’ve picked “just in case” is Alice Mary (who would be a sister for Lucy Helen). While I’m excited about the thought of having a niece and nephew, a small part of me is hoping they got the gender wrong, and it’s a girl so I get a niece named Alice!

Mischa Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 9:57 am

My middle name is Alice. I’m named after my aunt and godmother. It was suppose to be my first name but my father didn’t want it for a first name. When I was young, I didn’t really like Alice but as I matured I’ve grown to love it’s sweet simplicity. Since Alice Cooper is really NOT an Alice at all (born Vincent Damon Furnier) or female for that matter, I don’t think he should have been included on a list with the “Alice” ladies.

Tristan Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

It’s my daughter’s name and I love it. Great post!

tori101 Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I love Alice but I could never use the name as it’s tainted for me as my ‘ex-best friend’ was named Alice and she stole from me and turned out to be a horrible person so for me I couldn’t use it. But Alice is very sweet. I totally see why she is popular in the UK and raising in popular elsewhere.

bonfireazalea Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I didn’t realize there were so many well-known Alices, but I’m not surprised. It’s sweet, demure, charming, commonly known but not common or popular. My favourite famous Alice is Princess Alice- she’s one of my favourite historical “minor” royals in general, a champion of women’s rights and a devoted mother. So sad how she died though, and at such a young age- she was only in her 30s 🙁

JH Says:

November 15th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I really like Alice. It was my grandma’s first name, but she didn’t like it so she went by her middle name. I just had a boy, but if he had been a girl, he would have been Alice.

alicevictorious Says:

November 17th, 2013 at 8:28 am

Hooray! My name is Alice and I’ve loved it all my life. It’s seen me through from childhood to adulthood with no problems and it’s lovely having so many wonderful namesakes.

jessieo Says:

November 20th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I love the name Alice. It’s so classic and bright yet has strength. My best friend in childhood’s name was Alice, and she is an absolute treasure… on the other hand my Grandmother was also named Alice and memories weren’t too fond to put it nicely. I would have loved to use the name otherwise, it’s a lovely namesake.

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