Alyssa

First Name
303k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Alyssa

"Alyssa" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Rational". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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A 20th century invention, either derived from the flower alyssum, or from Alicia, of Germanic origin.

  1. A female given name, popular in the US in the 1990s and the 2000s.

Notable Persons Named Alyssa

Alyssa Milano is an actor, singing, film producer, actress, singer, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1984. Alyssa was given the name Alyssa Jayne Milano on December 19th, 1972 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Alyssa was born on September 23rd, 1982 in Brisbane.

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Alyssa Edwards is a drag performer. Alyssa was given the name Justin Johnson on January 16th, 1980.

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Alyssa was given the name Alyssa Elaine Miller on July 4th, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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She holds the title Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, Miss California USA 2011, Miss USA 2011, Miss New Jersey Teen USA, and Miss California USA. Alyssa was given the name Alyssa Marie Campanella on March 21st, 1990 in Manalapan Township, New Jersey.

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Alyssa Diaz is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Alyssa was given the name Alyssa Elaine Diaz on September 7th, 1985.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1950 5 5 0
1953 6 6 0
1954 7 7 0
1956 12 12 0
1957 13 13 0
1958 21 21 0
1959 35 35 0
1960 111 111 0
1961 87 87 0
1962 86 86 0
1963 125 125 0
1964 118 118 0
1965 120 120 0
1966 137 137 0
1967 143 143 0
1968 199 199 0
1969 380 380 0
1970 444 444 0
1971 404 404 0
1972 345 345 0
1973 449 449 0
1974 468 468 0
1975 559 559 0
1976 681 681 0
1977 759 759 0
1978 800 800 0
1979 1,180 1,174 6
1980 1,184 1,179 5
1981 1,130 1,130 0
1982 1,110 1,110 0
1983 1,202 1,202 0
1984 1,549 1,538 11
1985 2,264 2,258 6
1986 3,233 3,223 10 #85 girl name
1987 5,146 5,130 16 #61 girl name
1988 7,162 7,140 22 #47 girl name
1989 9,073 9,043 30 #33 girl name
1990 11,278 11,262 16 #27 girl name
1991 10,691 10,675 16 #30 girl name
1992 10,174 10,163 11 #30 girl name
1993 11,050 11,030 20 #26 girl name
1994 10,610 10,602 8 #26 girl name
1995 10,111 10,099 12 #27 girl name
1996 11,031 11,021 10 #23 girl name
1997 12,666 12,647 19 #15 girl name
1998 13,719 13,710 9 #11 girl name
1999 14,049 14,035 14 #11 girl name
2000 13,568 13,553 15 #12 girl name
2001 13,279 13,266 13 #14 girl name
2002 12,861 12,842 19 #12 girl name
2003 12,755 12,745 10 #14 girl name
2004 12,147 12,102 45 #14 girl name
2005 10,902 10,885 17 #16 girl name
2006 10,179 10,170 9 #19 girl name
2007 11,277 11,260 17 #14 girl name
2008 9,647 9,633 14 #16 girl name
2009 7,966 7,959 7 #19 girl name
2010 6,992 6,985 7 #20 girl name
2011 6,015 6,010 5 #37 girl name
2012 5,083 5,083 0 #44 girl name
2013 4,199 4,194 5 #57 girl name
2014 3,832 3,824 8 #76 girl name
2015 3,242 3,242 0 #93 girl name
2016 2,662 2,662 0

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Popularity of Alyssa as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Alyssa

  • How Popular is the name Alyssa? Alyssa is the 235th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Alyssa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 302,732 babies born with the first name Alyssa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alyssa 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 Alyssa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1950 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Alyssa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alyssa is Thursday, January 25th, 1912.
  • What year had the most people named Alyssa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alyssa was in 1999 with a total of 14,035 babies. That's a lot of babies named Alyssa!
  • Random Alyssa Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alyssa ranks 20th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 35 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Alyssa: Your name in reverse order is Assyla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Asylsa. How do you pronounce that?

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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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