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Alison (F)>

Alison (female)

Pet Name(s):Ali (F) Alley (F) Allie (F) Ally (F) Elsie (F)
Derivative of:Alice (F) Alicia (F)
Can be spelt:Alisoun (F) Allison (F) Allyson (F) Alyson (F)
Masculine form:Allison (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

Personal communications [AL]

Alison was originally a Scottish diminutive for Alice which is from Old French & German, "nobility". However, it is now widely found as a given name throughout the English-speaking world.

Elsie is a rare pet name for Alison.

Alisoun is a rare medieval spelling [noted by personal correspondent [AL].