Comments for the name Alia

Comments for ALIA:

ALIA is derived from the name AALIYAH. It is more commonly used in Egypt. The meaning is similar to that of AALIYAH meaning "Highest, Most Exhalted" or "to ascend".
-- missaaliyah  5/13/2005
I've always assumed that Alia in the Dune books had the Latin rather than the Semitic name: is anyone aware of evidence that her name was in fact a form of Aliyah etc and not a Latin word meaning: Other, or: Different?

In view of the fact that the women's college, Bene Gesserit, with its very high standards has a name meaning "She Will Have Done Well", Frank Herbert seemed to enjoy using Latin names.
-- Anneza  3/25/2010
Concerning Alia Atreides, I presume the Semitic meaning was intended as Alia was the "Womb of Heaven". Lofty and Heaven seem to go together naturally.
-- Leodios  10/5/2010

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