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Origin and Meaning of Ali

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  1. According to 2 people from California, U.S., the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "High, elevated, or champion".
  2. A user from Michigan, U.S. says the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "Noble champion and great".
  3. A submission from Iran, Islamic Republic of says the name Ali means "Great, perfect, high level".
  4. A submission from Iraq says the name Ali means "Of high status, champion" and is of Arabic origin.
  5. According to a user from Egypt, the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "High and Noble".
  6. According to a user from France, the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "Mean 'noble, champion'".
  7. A user from Australia says the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "High".
  8. A user from Malaysia says the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "High, or highness".
  9. A submission from Australia says the name Ali means "The most high" and is of Arabic origin.
  10. According to 2 people from Palestinian Territory and Canada, the name Ali is of Arabic origin and means "The Exalted, Supreme".
  11. 3 people from all over the world agree the name Ali is of Persian / Iranian / Arabic origin and means "Great".
  12. 3 submissions from all over the world agree the name Ali means "Supreme" and is of Arabic origin.
  13. 2 submissions from the United Arab Emirates and Australia agree the name Ali means "Master".
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  1. The fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
  2. United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)

From Arabic عَلِيّ‎ (ʿaliyy, literally “high, exalted”), from the Arabic root ع ل ي‎ (ʿ-l-y).

  1. A male given name from Arabic.
  2. The Muslim caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib, considered by Shias to be Muhammad's successor.
  3. A surname​.


  1. A diminutive of the female given name Alison or of its variants.

    Ali was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, German, Hausa, Latin, Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Ali

    Notable Persons Named Ali

    Ali Larter

    Ali Larter is an actress, model, and model (people). She was most active from 1997 to present. Ali was given the name Alison Elizabeth Larter on February 28th, 1976 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States. Ali is also known as Allegra Coleman.

    Ali Wong

    Ali Wong is an actress, comedian, and writer. Her ongoing career started in 2011. Ali was born on April 19th, 1982 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

    Ali ibn Abi Talib

    Ali ibn Abi Talib is royalty. He holds the title Commander of the Faithful and Commander of the Faithful (Amir al-Mu'minin). He was most active from 656 to 661. Ali was born as the child of Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib and Fatimah bint Asad in Mecca.

    Ali MacGraw

    Ali MacGraw is an actress, model, author, and animal rights activist. She was most active from 1968 to present. Ali was given the name Elizabeth Alice MacGraw on April 1st, 1939 in Pound Ridge, New York, United States.

    Ali Zafar

    Ali Zafar is a pop music, electronic music, folk music, classical music, and sufi rock musician. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2003. Ali was given the name Ali Mohammad Zafar on May 18th, 1980 in Lahore.

    Ali Bongo Ondimba

    Ali Bongo Ondimba is a President of Gabon and List of heads of state of Gabon. Ali was born on February 9th, 1959 in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ali

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ali

    Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali is a boxer. Muhammad was born on January 17th, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

    Mahershala Ali

    Mahershala Ali is an actor. He was most prominent from 2001 to present. Mahershala was given the name Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore on February 16th, 1974 in Oakland, California, U.S. Mahershala is also known as Mahershala Karim-Ali.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a politician and author. Ayaan was given the name Ayaan Hirsi Magan on November 13th, 1969 in Mogadishu.

    Tatyana Ali

    Tatyana Ali is a contemporary r&b actress, model, singer, and model (people). She has had major accomplishments since 1985. Tatyana was given the name Tatyana Marisol Ali on January 24th, 1979 in , U.S. Tatyana is also known as Tatyana M. Ali.

    Laila Ali

    Laila Ali is a boxer. Laila was born on December 30th, 1977 in Miami Beach, Florida.

    Imtiaz Ali

    Imtiaz Ali is a film director, writer, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1995. Imtiaz was born on June 16th, 1971 in Jamshedpur.

    • Nadia Ali
    • Husayn Ibn Ali
    • Brother Ali
    • Tariq Ali
    • Hasan ibn Ali
    • Hussein bin Ali
    • Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
      2nd President of Tunisia
    • Lucky Ali
    • Moeen Ali
    • Javed Ali
    • Asif Ali
    • Salim Ali
    • Nafisa Ali
    • Ghulam Ali

    Common last names for Ali

    • Mohamed
    • Ahmed
    • Hassan
    • Saleh
    • Khan
    • Ahmad
    • Abdullah
    • Ibrahim
    • Said
    • Abdi

    Common first names for Ali

    • Syed
    • M
    • Mohammed
    • A
    • Mohamed
    • S
    • Mir
    • Ahmed
    • Abdul
    • Mohammad
    • Mary
    • Yusuf
    • Frank

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ali U.S.
      White 17.33% 64.26%
      African American 30.71% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 42.91% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 5.66% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.87% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ali

    People with the last name Ali are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Ali

  1. What name lists does Ali rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Ali? Ali is the 1,227th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ali was the 559th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Ali have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38,023 babies born with the first name Ali in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ali to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Ali? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  5. When was Ali first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ali is Wednesday, October 21st, 1874.
  6. What year had the most people named Ali born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ali was in 2017 with a total of 1,116 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ali!
  7. Random Ali Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ali ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 129 babies in Michigan have the same name in 2012.
  8. Weird things about the name Ali: The name spelled backwards is Ila. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lai. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Ali? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 60,002 people with the last name Ali.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ali? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 20 of them will have Ali as their last name.
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