Alice is an old French version of the Germanic name Adelheidis, which comes from elements meaning "noble" and "type; sort." From this name we also get the names Adelaide, Adeline and the German Adalheid, with its popular diminutive, Heidi.

It's probably the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll that gives this name a certain odd rebelliousness so that it was taken up by band names such as Alice in Chains, Herricane Alice, and of course, Alice Cooper.
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