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Is ありす, or a name pronounced the same as "ありす", a traditional feminine given name? (If I have to define traditional, then pre-dating the end of the Sakoku policy)

I've heard about parents naming their girls ありす because they like the foreign name "Alice", but does the name actually pre-date the event of Japanese knowing the word "Alice"?

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I don't think it's a traditional Japanese name. かなり新しいと思います。西洋の名前のAliceを真似したんだと思います。 –  Chocolate Dec 27 '13 at 6:27
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All one could do is speculate. There may or may not have been a period when some women were actually named ありす before Sakoku. It is certainly a possible sound combination for a Japanese name. Thing is first names change faster and more drastically in Japan than in many other countries. Many of us are not named like our parents and many of our chidren are not named like us. That is Japan. –  Tokyo Nagoya Dec 30 '13 at 0:59
    
I do not think it is a "traditional name". However note that you can find the sounds ありす in some traditional names such as 有栖川 –  wil Jan 3 at 14:50
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It's not a traditional name. Originates from English and French.

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Proof for the downvoter. ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%A2%E3%83%AA%E3%82%B9 –  Jon Jan 8 at 3:13
    
The Wikipedia link (a disambiguation page) doesn't have any citations. –  Andrew Grimm Jan 27 at 11:37
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