Meaning and Origin of: Alice

The name Alice is of German origin and means "noble."
Meaning and Origin of Alice

Girl name origins & meanings

  • German : Noble
  • Greek : Truth

What does Alice mean and stand for?

The name Alice is of German origin and means "noble". The name has gone through various derivations before becoming the Alice we know and love today. Alice was originally derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis. Adalhaidis is composed of the Proto-Germanic elements aþala (noble) and haidu (kind, appearance, type.

Syllables: 2

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old German : Of good cheer

Family name origins & meanings

  • French Canadian : altered form of Alix.
  • Hispanic : variant of Alicea. For the etymology, compare English Allis.

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According to Social Security Administration data, Alice has been consistently popular, maintaining a spot in the top 100 since 2014. It has yet to break the top 50, but Alice has become increasingly popular over the years.

However, it is the 24th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Alice was at its peak popularity in May 2016.

Alice has always been rather popular, but really gained momentum in modern times thanks to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. There are also various notable writers named Alice, including Alice Munro, Alice Walker, Alice Sebold, Alice Hoffman, Alice McDermott, Alice Adams, and Alice Elliott Dark. Though not often used as an unisex name, Alice Cooper is a prominent male figure with the name. The name was chosen for Tina Fey's daughter and First Daughter Alice Roosevelt.

Where is it Popular?

Alice was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Alice

  • Ali
  • Lissa
  • Lissie

Pairs well with these middle names