If your name is Alyssa, you love new experiences and new people. Lucky for you, you naturally attract people with your positive and energetic nature! You are socially outgoing, with a quick wit and creative spirit. You are flexible and versatile, always willing to take the risks necessary to experience all the new and interesting adventures that your spirit craves. In order to meet all these new and interesting people and experience all these new opportunities, you are more than willing to travel, and you actually really enjoy it more than staying in the same place for too long. The last thing you want is to be in a life that is too routine and regular. You do need to be careful though so that you don’t think that the grass is always greener in somebody else’s yard. Sometimes it’s better to stay put!
You love adventure and whenever somebody suggests something new and exciting (even if it might be risky), you are willing to play along. This adventuresome spirit and flexibility and willingness to try anything and everything brings you lots of close associations and meaningful friendships!
The name Alyssa actually is a variant of a variant of a variant . . . It started with the Germanic name “Adalheidis”, composed of “adal” meaning “noble” and “heid” meaning “type.” The French variant of Adalheis was “Adelaide.” Adelaide led to the the shortened form “Alice”, which led to the variant “Alicia.” Finally, Alicia led to “Alyssa.” It is believed that the spelling Alyssa was influenced by the alyssum flower, which comes from the Greek words meaning “against madness” since the flower was thought to cure madness. The variant spelling of Alyssa is particularly popular in the United States.
Alyssa wasn’t actually popularly used in the United States until 1963. It really took off in popularity starting in the mid-1890s, and by 1996 it hit the Top 25 most popular name for girls in the United States. Alison and Alissa are other popular variations.
Pop culture’s most famous Alyssa, without a doubt is actress Alyssa Milano. Alyssa came to stardom in her role as Samantha Micelli in the long-running sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”, a role which she landed at the age of 10. While she played the role of Tony Micelli’s (Tony Danza’s) daughter, she grew up in front of America. After “Who’s the Boss?” came to an end, Alyssa went on to roles on the WB series “Charmed” and the Fox primetime soap opera “Melrose Place.”