This Scottish diminutive of Alice has been used since the Middle Ages. A top 100 name since 1990s, Allison is now more popular than either Alison or Alice. Once a boys' name (Beverly and Lindsay were too), Allison is now used exclusively for girls. Nicknames include Allie, Alli, Ally, Ali and Al. In "The Canterbury Tales," the Wife of Bath was called Alisoun, although today the variations are more likely to feature a Y like in Alyson and Allyson. If you’re looking for an even more adventurous and popular spin on this name, try Addison.

Famous Allisons

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  • Allison Dubois
  • Allison Holker
  • Allison Janney
  • Allison Williams

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