How do I Pronounce Alyssa?

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How do I Pronounce Alyssa?
Alyssa is the 448th most popular girl's name in the United States. (happy girl image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

The name Alyssa is very common in the United States and Canada, but many people are confused by its proper pronunciation. Since pronunciations can change due to changes in language over time, it is best to ask Alyssas how they prefer their name to be spoken.

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English Pronunciation

The name Alyssa can change pronunciations depending on the cultural setting. In most English-speaking countries it would be pronounced "ah-LISS-a," with stress placed on the middle syllable.

How do I Pronounce Alyssa?
Dictionaries are good places to find the proper pronunciations of words. (old dictionary series image by pdtnc from Fotolia.com)

Greek Origins

The name Alyssa comes from the Greek roots A-, meaning "not," and -Lyssa meaning "insane." The word "alyssa," the combination of these two roots, is translated as "rational."

How do I Pronounce Alyssa?
Alyssa, like many names, has its roots in the Greek lanugage. (athenes,parthenon,ruines image by yam from Fotolia.com)

Alternative Spellings

The spellings and pronunciations of names change over time, and there are several names that are spelt and sound similar to Alyssa. Among them are Allissa, Elyssa, Alissa, Alyssah, Elissa and Aleesa.

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