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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • German : Noble
  • Greek : Truth
  • Irish : Of noble birth

What does Allison mean and stand for?

The name Allison is of Scottish origin and means "noble". It derives from the name Alice. Before gaining popularity in medieval times, it was primarily used as a masculine name and derived from the surname Allison.

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How Popular Is The Name Allison

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Scottish : patronymic from a Middle English male personal name: in most cases probably Allen, but other possibilities include a variant of Ellis or a short form of Alexander. In some instances, it may be from a female personal name, Alise or Alice (see Allis).

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Allison has been consistently popular, only recently falling from the top 50, which it was in from 2000 to 2016. Despite this fall, Allison still remains in the top 100.

However, it is the 26th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Allison was at its peak popularity in April 2018.

Allison is quite a popular unisex name that has been on the rise since medieval times. Recently, it has been surpassed by Addison; however, many notable people still hold this namesake, such as actress Alison Becker, actress Alison Brie, dancer Allison Holker, actress Alison Janney, actress Allison Munn, and actress Allison Scagliotti. Allison is also the middle name of Taylor Swift. The name has also been chosen for a main character in Pretty Little Liars.

Where is it Popular?

Allison was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Allison

  • Alli
  • LiLi
  • Lise

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