Its source is Alis, an Old French name meaning "Exalted nature."
The name Alishia ranked 3004th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
Alice's strongest association is with a blonde seven-year-old in a blue pinafore who fell down a rabbit hole. Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were written in the 1860s and 1870s to entertain Alice Liddell, a young girl of his acquaintance.
Carroll was a mathematician who combined his delight in games and wordplay with a profound understanding of childhood's complex fascinations. While his books continue to delight little ones, they are also analyzed in philosophic works such as Douglas Hofstader's 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.
Alice's linguisitic family tree features cousin Adelaide (traced through its Germanic grandparent Adalheit) and child Allison (meaning ''Alice's son'').