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

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  1. A female given name, popular in the US in the 1990s and the 2000s.
    • 1916, Marion Ames Taggart, Hollyhock House: A Story for Girls (Doubleday, Page & co.), page 40:
      The leading lady's name is Alyssa Aldine - I think Aldine sounds like nice people; I suppose because the Aldine editions of books are so famous.
    • 1978, Charlotte Vale Allen, Meet Me in Time, Island Nation Press LLC, 1998, ISBN 0965743799, page 208:
      And throughout most of his days and nights, daydreamed about Brady's mother, liking everything about her. Particularly her name. Alyssa. Over and over, her name whispered inside his head. Alyssa. Alyssa. Beautiful.