Alyssa is a flower name, derived from alyssum, that means “rational.” Alyssa recently fell out of the top 100 baby names for girls in 2011, but it was a top 50 name from 1997 to 2005. There’s a symmetry at work in Alyssa, with two As on each end and two Ss that look like waves in the middle. It’s also anchored by a Y, which is very trendy. And can we just say that symmetrical A names are on the ascent right now, from Ava to Ada to Ana?

Famous People Named Alyssa

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  • Alyssa Milano
  • Alyssa Miller

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