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Updated March 27, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • German : Noble
  • Greek : Truth
  • Irish : Of noble birth
  • Arabic : Moon goddess
  • French : Consecrated by God; variation of Elizabeth

What does Alyssa mean and stand for?

The name Alyssa is of Irish origin and means "noble." It is a variant of Alice and is comprised of the Greek elements a, a negative prefix, lyssa, meaning "madness, rabies."

Syllables: 3

How Popular Is The Name Alyssa

Famous people with this first name


According to Social Security Administration data, Alyssa has been declining in popularity, but has managed to stay in the top 200 since 2000. It fell out of the top 50 in 2013 and the top 100 in 2016. Alyssa even held a spot in the top 20 until 2010.

However, it is the 26th most popular name on

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

Alyssa was once popular in the late-90s and early 2000s, but has fallen off since. Despite the fall, it still invokes images of actress Alyssa Jayne Milano, model Alyssa Sutherland, singer Alyssa Ashley Reid, and actress Alyssa Elaine Diaz. It's also appeared in It Takes Two, Star Trek, and Chasing Amy.

Where is it Popular?

Alyssa was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Alyssa

  • Alice
  • Allie
  • Lee
  • Lia
  • Lysa

Pairs well with these middle names

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