What Does the Name Alyssa Mean?


Alyssa is a variation of the name Alicia. The spelling of the name may be influenced by the alyssum flower. The name of the flower comes from the Greek negative prefix combined with lyssa, which means madness and rabies.

This is because it was known to cure madness. The name is also a variation of the name Alice, which is of the nobility.

It comes from the German name Adalheidis, which means nobility. Alice also comes from the French name Adeliz, a form of Adelaide, which has been used in Britain since the 12th century.

The origin is also said to come from a Greek word, meaning logical or rational. The name may also have a Teutonic  (Germanic branch of the Indo- European language), meaning good humor.

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Characteristics of People Named Alyssa

People named Alyssa tend to be very loving and yearn for companionship and have a strong desire to work with others to achieve peace and harmony. They like change, excitement, and, adventure.

They can also be dynamic, versatile, and visionary. They are able to make very good use of freedom. They don’t like rules or being restricted, and they don’t worry about what’s conventional.

Children named Alyssa are also optimistic, intelligent, energetic, and can make friends very easily.

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Variations of the Name Alyssa

There are a ton of variation for this name.

Here are some of the most popular: Alease, Alecia, Alesha, Aleia, Alice, Alicia, Alisha, Alissa, Alyce, Alycia, Alys, Alysa, Alyse, Alysha, Alysia, Alyssia, Aleesaha, Alise, Alishia, Alisia, Alisya, Allissa, Allycia,Kalisha, Talisha, and Elicia.

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Nicknames and Alyssa in Other Languages

In the ancient Germanic tradition the name appears as Adalheidia, Adelais, Adela, and Adelina. In Catalan, the name is Alicia. Adela, is the Czech version of the name.

Adlheid, Aleid, Aleida, and Alida are the Dutch variations of Alyssa. In Finland the name is Aliisa, Alisa, and Alli.

Adelaide, Alice, Alice, Adele, and Alison are common French versions. Germans like to use the name Adelheid, Ada, Alida, Heida, and Heidi. In Greek, it’s Aliki and Kiki.

The Hungarian tradition uses Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Adel, Alida, and Aliz. The Irish use Ailis, and the Italians, Adelaide and Alice. Alisa is the Russian version, and Alis is the Welsh version.

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The Popularity of Alyssa

This is a newer name that sparked into popularity in the 1980s, peaking in the later 1990s and declining ever since.

The name is most popular in Canada and Australia. It is also popular in The United States, France, Italy, England, Wales, and The Netherlands.

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Famous People Named Alyssa

Alyssa Milano – is an American actress, she is best known for her role as Samantha on Who’s the Boss. She has also had roles on Melrose Place, My name is Earl, and Mistresses.

Alyssa Campanella – is an American model and beauty pageant title holder. She won the Miss USA pageant in 2011.

Alyssa Sutherland – is an Australian actress and model. She won the Bonne Belle model search in 1987 of girlfriend magazine. She has appeared in the Devil wears Prada, day on fire, don’t look at. She is currently on the history channel TV series Vikings.

Alyssa Healy  is an Australian cricket player. She made her international debut in 2010. She is from a family of cricket players, including her father Greg Healy who is part of the Queensland Squad and her uncle Ian Healy who was Australia’s goalkeeper.

Alyssa Thomas – is an American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. She is the all-time leader in scoring at the University of Maryland, as well as in rebounding, and double doubles, including both the women’s and men’s programs. She is one of only three NCAA athletes who have ever had six career triple doubles.

Alyssa Anderson – is an American swimmer and gold medal Olympian from the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won her medal for swimming the 4 x 200 m freestyle race.

Alyssa Naeher – is an American soccer player.  She currently is the goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the national women’s soccer league. She was on the 23 player roster for the United States women’s team for the 2015 FIFA women’s World Cup held in Canada. She has been on the national team since 2014.

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