Ali is an Arabic male name meaning “lofty, sublime, exalted”, as well as an Arabic surname derived from the given name. Ali is also an English female name, usually a short form of names such as Alison or Alice (which both come from Germanic element adal “noble”, or a male nickname for Alistair or Alexander, which both come from Greek  meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”.

Origin: Arabic, English



  • ‘Ali (Arabic)


Female forms:

  • Aliya (Arabic)
  • Aliyah (Arabic)
  • Aliyya (Arabic)
  • Aliyyah (Arabic)
  • Aliye (Turkish)


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