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GenderMasculine
Scriptsعليّ Arabic علی PersianUrdu علي Pashto ГӀали Avar Әли Kazakh
PronouncedPron.‘a-LEE Arabic
a-LEE Persian
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Meaning & History

Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic. Ali was a cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and the fourth caliph to rule the Muslim world. His followers were the original Shia Muslims, who regard him as the first rightful caliph.

This name is borne by the hero in 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves', the tale of a man who finds the treasure trove of a band of thieves. Another famous bearer was the boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), who changed his name from Cassius Clay upon his conversion to Islam.
VariantsAla, 'Ali Arabic
Feminine FormsAliya, Aliyah, Aliyya, Aliyyah Arabic Aliya Kazakh
Other Languages & CulturesAli Azerbaijani Ali Turkish
Same Spelling'Ali, Ali (2), Ali
User SubmissionsÄli, Əli

Images

16th-century depiction of Ali (on the right) receiving Fatima from her father Muhammad16th-century depiction of Ali (on the right) receiving Fatima from her father Muhammad

Categories

99 names of Allah, athletes, Jordanian royal family, Moroccan sultans
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute