Alyssa Name Meaning & Origin

Alyssa

Pronunciation: ah-LI-sə (key)

Origin of the name Alyssa:

A variant of Alicia (nobility), Alyssa is alternatively derived from the alyssum flower.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Alissa, Allyssa, Alysa, Elissa, Lissa, Aliza

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Lyssy/Lyssie
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Meanings and history of the name Alyssa

At 38 years old, I am the oldest Alyssa that I know of. I remember as a child how uncommon it was but I remember getting lots of compliments too. My parents were asked for permission by close neighbors to use my name when they adopted a baby girl sometime before I was 12 years old. I remember NEVER being able to find it in print.

My mom came up with the name while shopping for dresses for my older sister (who ironically is named Jennifer and at 44 years of age is the oldest Jennifer that I know of). Seems my mom is a trendsetter. Alyssa was the name of a brand of dresses and was clearly displayed on the tags.

I was unnamed for 3 days after being born because the rest of the family did not feel the same enthusiasm for the name. My mom finally won out (as well she should've, she did ALL the work!)

When people have difficulty saying my name, I tell them, Melissa without the, 'M'. Proper phonics does clearly show people how to say it though and its so much prettier with a, 'Y'. My nicknames are, 'Lys' and 'Lyssa' or 'Lyssee Lou.' In class, the teachers would always have my full attention if they said, "listen" because I would think they were saying my name.

See, Alyssa Milano was NOT the 1st.....and I probably wasn't either because I would assume those dresses were probably named after SOMEONE. Ha.

Famous real-life people named Alyssa

Alyssa Milano - American actress
Alyssa Miller - American supermodel
Alyssa Campanella - Miss USA 2011
Alyssa Edwards - RPDR season 5 contestant
Alyssa Fun Pack - YouTube daughter of Family Fun Pack

Alyssa in song, story & screen

Alyssa Lies by Jason Michael Carroll

In the book "Kiss Me Tomorrow", the given name of the main character Blister is Alyssa.
Alyssa Calloway, in the 1995 film, "It Takes Two"
Alyssa Enrilé, White Ranger from Power Rangers Wild Force

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