Alice is a feminine given name used primarily in English and Italian. It is a shortened form of the Old French Adelais, which is derived from the Germanic name Adalheidis, from the Germanic word elements adal, meaning noble and heid, meaning type. Alais is the Old French form of the name; Alys of Vexin was also known as Alais.
Alice was the fourth most popular female baby name in Sweden in 2005 and the sixth most popular name in 2007. The name ranks in the top 100 most popular names for baby girls in Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, and Northern Ireland. It ranked as the 346th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2007. Alice ranked as the 51st most common name for women in the United States in the 1990 census.  In Japan, it is gaining popularity as "Arisu."
The name was most popular in the United States in the Victorian Era and at the turn of the 20th century. It has been popularized by Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. It was also popular in the Victorian Era due to Princess Alice of Great Britain and Ireland, a daughter of Queen Victoria. In the United States, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was occasionally known as "Princess Alice" in the press and inspired a song called Alice Blue Gown.
In recent years, the variants Alicia, Alyssa and Allison and a short form, Allie, have been more popular names in the United States. Alyssa was the 14th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2007; Allison was the 46th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2007; Alicia was the 180th most popular name for girls in the United States in 2007 and Allie was the 238th most popular name for girls in the United States in 2007. All four names have multiple spelling variants which are also well-used.
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