Allison

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295k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Allison

"Allison" is a name of German origin, and it means "Son of the Noble One". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

From a Middle English diminutive form of Alan, Alexander or Alice +‎ -son.

  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname; mostly of persons born before 1950.
  3. A female given name taken into general use in the 1940s; usually interpreted as a spelling variant of Alison.

Notable Persons Named Allison

Allison Williams is an actress, comedian, and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Allison was born as the child of Brian Williams on April 13th, 1988 in New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.

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Allison Janney is an actress. She has been prominent since 1984. Allison was given the name Allison Brooks Janney on November 19th, 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts U.S.

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Allison Scagliotti is an actress and musician. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Allison was given the name Allison Glenn Scagliotti on September 21st, 1990 in Monterey, California, U.S.

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Allison Tolman is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Allison was given the name Allison Cara Tolman on November 18th, 1981 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Allison Miller is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Allison was born on September 2nd, 1985 in Rome.

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Allison Cameron is a physician, immunologist, department of diagnostic medicine fellow, senior attending emergency room, temporary dean of medicine, immunology, emergency department, and dean (education).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Allison

Mose Allison is a jazz, twelve-bar blues, and blues musician. He plays Piano, vocals, and trumpet. He was most prominent from 1956 to present. Mose was given the name Mose John Allison, Jr. on November 11th, 1927 in Tippo, Mississippi, United States.

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James Allison is a chassis technical director of scuderia ferrari., scuderia ferrari, and chassis technical director ofscuderia ferrari. James was born on February 22nd, 1968 in Louth, Lincolnshire, England.

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Davey Allison is a nascar driver.

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Bobby Allison is a nascar driver.

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Luther Allison was a blues and chicago blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 1997. Luther was born on August 17th, 1939 in Widener, Arkansas, United States. He died on August 12th, 1997.

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Hudson was given the name Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison on December 9th, 1881. They left this life on April 15th, 1912.

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How popular is the baby name Allison in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 6 0 6
1881 9 0 9
1882 9 0 9
1883 12 0 12
1884 7 0 7
1885 10 0 10
1886 5 0 5
1888 5 0 5
1889 7 0 7
1890 11 0 11
1891 9 0 9
1892 8 0 8
1894 6 0 6
1895 8 0 8
1896 18 0 18
1897 6 0 6
1898 7 0 7
1899 7 0 7
1900 9 0 9
1901 7 0 7
1902 9 0 9
1903 12 0 12
1904 6 0 6
1905 7 0 7
1906 8 0 8
1907 13 0 13
1908 14 6 8
1909 9 0 9
1910 16 5 11
1911 31 9 22
1912 37 12 25
1913 38 7 31
1914 60 11 49
1915 61 13 48
1916 91 24 67
1917 87 15 72
1918 84 30 54
1919 71 19 52
1920 80 23 57
1921 92 32 60
1922 74 18 56
1923 72 21 51
1924 89 18 71
1925 86 18 68
1926 108 37 71
1927 95 25 70
1928 80 22 58
1929 61 13 48
1930 65 17 48
1931 58 16 42
1932 62 21 41
1933 55 15 40
1934 75 26 49
1935 76 31 45
1936 77 30 47
1937 70 25 45
1938 60 27 33
1939 61 28 33
1940 59 25 34
1941 64 32 32
1942 75 34 41
1943 72 38 34
1944 86 45 41
1945 83 47 36
1946 133 85 48
1947 149 102 47
1948 164 130 34
1949 182 145 37
1950 196 157 39
1951 292 253 39
1952 298 255 43
1953 315 281 34
1954 334 292 42
1955 376 340 36
1956 423 402 21
1957 505 467 38
1958 1,033 987 46
1959 1,169 1,124 45
1960 1,123 1,069 54
1961 1,229 1,181 48
1962 1,361 1,313 48
1963 1,476 1,434 42
1964 2,131 2,079 52
1965 3,079 3,044 35
1966 1,802 1,768 34
1967 1,493 1,455 38
1968 1,564 1,535 29
1969 1,675 1,652 23
1970 2,656 2,629 27
1971 3,048 3,020 28
1972 2,822 2,801 21
1973 2,927 2,906 21
1974 2,986 2,960 26 #99 girl name
1975 3,371 3,351 20 #89 girl name
1976 4,065 4,032 33 #67 girl name
1977 4,233 4,207 26 #66 girl name
1978 3,891 3,866 25 #75 girl name
1979 4,433 4,408 25 #70 girl name
1980 4,896 4,868 28 #59 girl name
1981 4,937 4,902 35 #57 girl name
1982 5,201 5,172 29 #58 girl name
1983 4,997 4,972 25 #59 girl name
1984 6,064 6,038 26 #51 girl name
1985 7,056 7,029 27 #46 girl name
1986 7,622 7,575 47 #42 girl name
1987 7,370 7,340 30 #44 girl name
1988 7,177 7,141 36 #46 girl name
1989 7,319 7,287 32 #46 girl name
1990 7,156 7,132 24 #48 girl name
1991 6,787 6,772 15 #50 girl name
1992 6,921 6,901 20 #48 girl name
1993 7,743 7,727 16 #41 girl name
1994 8,163 8,150 13 #34 girl name
1995 8,147 8,126 21 #34 girl name
1996 7,464 7,453 11 #38 girl name
1997 7,283 7,274 9 #39 girl name
1998 7,869 7,861 8 #38 girl name
1999 7,035 7,025 10 #40 girl name
2000 6,323 6,314 9 #44 girl name
2001 6,230 6,211 19 #44 girl name
2002 6,256 6,240 16 #44 girl name
2003 5,860 5,850 10 #46 girl name
2004 5,895 5,871 24 #40 girl name
2005 5,646 5,633 13 #45 girl name
2006 5,566 5,560 6 #47 girl name
2007 5,457 5,452 5 #46 girl name
2008 6,259 6,240 19 #32 girl name
2009 6,591 6,581 10 #30 girl name
2010 5,870 5,861 9 #38 girl name
2011 5,473 5,463 10 #40 girl name
2012 5,426 5,418 8 #38 girl name
2013 5,446 5,434 12 #34 girl name
2014 5,468 5,459 9 #39 girl name
2015 5,352 5,342 10 #39 girl name
2016 4,767 4,762 5 #49 girl name

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Popularity of Allison as a first name

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Popularity of Allison as a last name

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Common last names for Allison

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Moore
  • Davis
  • Wood
  • Lee
  • Thomas
  • Allen
  • Powell

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Allison U.S.
  White 80.72% 64.26%
  African American 13.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Allison

People with the last name Allison are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Allison

  • How Popular is the name Allison? Allison is the 243rd most popular name of all time. In 2016 Allison was the 49th most popular name. As a last name Allison was the 646th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Allison have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 294,781 babies born with the first name Allison in the United States. That's more than enough people named Allison to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Allison? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Allison first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Allison is Wednesday, July 20th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Allison born? The highest recorded use of the first name Allison was in 1994 with a total of 8,150 babies. That's a lot of babies named Allison!
  • Random Allison Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Allison ranks 77th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 45 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Allison: Your name in reverse order is Nosilla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Solanli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Allison? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 52,701 people with the last name Allison.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Allison? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Allison as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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