Alix

Gender: Feminine
Origin: French
Fre (ah-LEEKS); Germ (AH-leeks)

She is cool, brisque and tom-boyish, yet she is a traditionally feminine name. In France, Alix is a fairly classic female name, she has existed since Medieval times, being a form of Alice. It may have originally been pronounced (ah-LEEZ) or (ah-LEESH), once these pronunciations are presented, the connection to Alice makes more sense, in modern French, however, the X has evolved to sound like ks.

In other countries, the name has been mistaken as a form of Alex, being used on males, the Netherlands being one such example. But this is one case where the boys have actually stolen a legitimately feminine name.

The name was borne by St. Alix of Schaerbeek (1225-1250) a Flemmish nun, mystic and leper who died at the age of 25. Another saint who bore the name was Alix Le Clerc (1576-1622), known by her religious name of Thérèse of Jesus, she was an educator and founder of many schools.

This was also the original name of the last Tsarina of Russia, Alexandra Federovna Romanova, née Alix von Hessen Darmstadt (1872-1918), she is considered a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church. Alix appears several times in German and French royalty.

As of 2010, Alix was the 101st most popular female name in France.

She is also used in German-speaking countries and the Low Countries, the latter, in most cases by French-speakers.

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Alia

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Arabic  علياء
Meaning: “loftiness; sky; heaven”
(AH-lee-yah)

The name is derived from the Arabic meaning “loftiness, sky, heaven.”

The name is currently the 730th most popular female name in the United States (2010), spelled Alya it is the 259th most popular female name in France (2008).

The name was borne by Aliya bint Ali (1911-1951), the former queen consort of Iraq. The late queen of Jordan, Alia Baha Ad-Din Touqan (1948-1977)

In Russian, Alya is also used as a diminutive form of Alisa or Aleksandra.

Another form of the name is the Bosnian, Alja. A form used among Russian Muslims is Aliya Алия and the Turkish form is Aliye.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/alia
  2. http://imehrvatsko.net/namepages/view/first_name/Alja

Alice, Allison

Gender: Feminine
Origin: debated
Meaning: debated
Eng (AL-is)

The name is of debated origin and meaning, and is usually narrowed down to two possible origins and meanings, one, the most popular theory, is that it is a French Norman form of Alaïs, which is an old French form of the Germanic, Adalheid, meaning, “noble; high.” Other sources like to link the name with a Greek source, meaning, “truth”, however, though this is a popular etymology, I was never able to confirm it.

Alice was quite popular in Medieval Europe, as were her offshoots: Alicia, Alix and Alison.

In 1880, Alice was the 8th most popular female name in the United States, today, Alice stands at a meagre # 326, being replaced by her more modern sounding counterparts: Alicia and Allison.

Allison is the 32nd most popular female name in the United States, (2008).

Contrary to popular belief, Allison/Alison is a very old feminine given name, which can be traced all the way back to the Normans. Its was originally a diminutive form of Aalis, (the Norman form of Alice), and was introduced into England during the 11th-century. Allison/Alison disappeared at the end of the Middle Ages, and was revived in the 20th-century. She first appeared in the U.S. top 1000 in 1946, coming in as the 903rd most popular female name.

Another very current version is Alicia, which is actually fading in popularity. As of 2008, she was the # 178th most popular female name in the United States, but back in 1983, she was the 41st most popular female name.

The Alice is form is not just relegated to English-speaking countries. Her usage is found in France, pronounced, (ah-LEES), in Italy as (ah-LEE-che), in the Czech Republic as (ah-LEET-seh). She is also used in German-speaking countries, Portuguese-speaking countries and in Scandinavia. Her current rankings are as follows:

  • # 99 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 58 (Belgium, 2006)
  • # 46 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 358 (Germany, 2009)
  • # 85 (Ireland, 2008)
  • # 10 (Italy, 2006)
  • # 488 (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 1 (Sweden, 2009)

Her Latinate counterpart of Alicia is also very transcultural, her rankings are as follows:

  • # 97 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 62 (Belgium, 2006)
  • # 95 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 94 (Germany, 2009)
  • # 110 (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 17 Alicja (Poland, 2008)
  • # 90 (Scotland, 2008)
  • # 43 (Spain, 2008)
  • # 29 (Sweden, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Alizia (Aragonese)
  • Licia (Asturian)
  • Alike (Basque)
  • Alícia (Catalan/Spanish: ah-LEE-thee-ah Spanish European. ah-LEE-see-ah Latin American Spanish)
  • Alice (Czech/Danish/Dutch/English/French/German/Icelandic/Italian/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Alicia (English/Galician/German/Italian: ah-LEE-shuh in English and ah-LEE-chah in Italian)
  • Aila/Aile (Estonian)
  • Aili (Estonian/Scottish)
  • Aliise (Estonian)
  • Aliisa (Finnish)
  • Alison (French)
  • Alix (French: ah-LEEKS)
  • Aliki/Alíkē Aλίκη (Greek: Modern)
  • Aliz (Hungarian)
  • Ailís (Irish-Gaelic: AY-leesh)
  • Alise (Latvian)
  • Alicija (Lithuanian)
  • Ealee (Manx)
  • Ealish (Manx)
  • Aalis (Norman)
  • Alicja (Polish: ah-LEET-syah)
  • Alisa Алиса (Russian)
  • Aileas (Scots-Gaelic)
  • Alica (Slovakian: ah-LEET-sah)
  • Allis (Swedish)
  • Alis (Welsh)

An obscure Italian masculine form is  Alicio.

In popular fiction, it is borne by the protagonist of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).

Designated name-days are Janury 15 (Czech Republic), June 23rd (Sweden), September 16 (Estonia) and December 16 (France).