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While the name Alyssa has some historic roots, it's largely a modern name that didn't catch on in the United States until the 1960s and 1970s. However, thanks to a popular sitcom, it skyrocketed to the top 100 baby names list in the 1980s. Today, it's still beloved as a beautiful name with floral symbolism.

Meaning of the name Alyssa:

Greek: alyssum, sane and rational
English: noble

Origin of the name Alyssa:

There are many ideas surrounding the origin of the name Alyssa, but the most common is that it was derived from the alyssum flower.

Symbolism of the name Alyssa:

Alyssum is a small delicate flower with a sweet scent and great beauty. The scent is thought to bring emotional balance to the person who smells it.

Baby name Alyssa

Style of the name Alyssa:

Modern

Gender of the name Alyssa:

Alyssa is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Alyssa:

Ah-LIS-ah

Number of syllables in the name Alyssa:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Alyssa:

Like other flower names, Alyssa evokes the image of sweetness and beauty.

Alternative spellings for the name Alyssa:

  • Alissa
  • Alisa
  • Elissa
  • Alysa

Nicknames for the name Alyssa:

  • Lis
  • Lissa
  • Lissie
  • Al
  • Allie 
  • Ally

Popularity of the name Alyssa:

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Alyssa first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States in 1963. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, it rose in popularity, and even ranked as high as number 11 in 1998 and 1999. As of 2020, it was the 199th-most popular name for baby girls in the country.

Related names for the name Alyssa:

Great middle names for Alyssa and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Alyssa:

  • Alyssa Milano (actress)
  • Alyssa Reid (singer/songwriter)
  • Alyssa Campanella (model/former Miss USA)
  • Alyssa Healy (cricket player)
  • Alyssa Brown (gymnast)

Alyssas in popular culture:

  • Alyssa Enrile (character on the TV show “The Power Rangers”)
  • Alyssa Johnson (character in the movie “Dragon Ball Z”)
  • Alyssa Jones (character in the movie “Chasing Amy”)