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Alice (F)>

Alice (female)

Variants:Ailios (F) Ailis (F) Ailish (F) Alicia (F) Alicja (F) Alis (F) Alitia (F)
Pet Name(s):Ali (F) Allie (F) Ally (F) Ellie (F) Elsie (F)
Pet Name for:Adelaide (F)
Derivative(s):Alison (F) Alison (S) Allison (S)
Derivative of:Adalheidis (F)
Lesser Synonym(s):Aliza (F)
Can be spelt:Alys (F) Ellis (F)
Source(s): English Parish Register
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
Private communication [JW]

English and French, from Old French & German, "nobility".

Alice is a contracted form of the Old German name Adalheidis as is Adelaide for which it is often a pet name.

Alicia and Alitia are Latinised versions of Alice which were used in old documents. Search on Alic* and Alit* to cater for Latin endings.

Elsie is sometimes used as a pet name for Alison, itself a derivative of Alice. A correspondent [JW] has noted an example where Alice and Elsie have been used for the same person although this is not thought [by us] to be a common pet name.