When someone, presumably a parent, rejected the often-used names Alison and Allison, the variant Allyson was born. And wow, does she come from a big family! The sisterhood began with Alice, followed by Alison and Allison. Then Alyson, Alisson and Allisson joined the clan during some creative moments over the last century. How to decide which one will suit baby best? Think about how traditional you want to be and go from there, keeping in mind how often your daughter might have to say, “No, it’s spelled…”

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