Girl Names baby nameAlice

What does the name Alice mean?

The different meanings of the name Alice are:
  • American meaning: Truthful
  • English meaning: Of the nobility
  • Celtic - Gaelic meaning: Noble
  • German meaning: Sweetness
  • Greek meaning: Truth and nobility
  • Teutonic meaning: Noble
The meaning of the name “Alice” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The name Alice that has been used for over a century is actually derived from a string of other names, with the oldest traceable name being the Germanic name Adalhaidis, from the Germanic word elements adal, meaning ″noble″ and haid-, meaning ″heath(land), heather″. It can mean “of noble descent”. It is also the female form of the Old French name Alis (older Aalis), short form of Adelais. It is said that the reason the Alice form of the name became popular is because it was the name of Princess Alice, daughter of Queen Victoria of England. It was also the name of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter at around the same time. Before them, the name was featured in the fictional story Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, which is said to be the biggest reason it is popular today.

Many variations exist for this name. The most popular variations are Alicia, Allison, and Allie. Another similar name that is used mostly in Europe and Australia is Adelaide.

Alice as a name has seen a lot of popularity throughout the 20th century. From 1880 to 1956 it never left the top 100 most popular girl names in the US, with its peak in 1906 when it was the 8th most popular name. Since then it has seen a large drop in usage, but in 2014 it was ranked the 97th most popular girl name in the US, 25th most popular in the UK, the 46th most popular in Australia, and the 22nd most popular in Canada.

Fictional stories that feature a character name Alice include Lewis Carroll’s famous novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice Nelson as the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch, Alice Cullen in Stephanie Meyer’s book series Twilight.