From a very common medieval name, a Norman French diminutive of Alice. Despite its early popularity, it became quite rare in England in the 16th century. However, it survived in Scotland, with the result that until its revival in England in the 20th century it had a strongly Scottish flavour.
Japanese (Ōuchi): ‘large house’; the name is found mostly in northeastern Japan. A noble family of Suomacr; province (now part of Yamaguchi prefecture, in far western Japan) took the name from the village where they resided. According to legend, they were descended from a Korean prince who immigrated in 611.