Gender Masculine
Scripts عليّ(Arabic) علی(Persian, Urdu) علي(Pashto) ГӀали(Avar) Әли(Kazakh) Али(Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Russian) Алӣ(Tajik) ޢަލީ(Dhivehi)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈʕa.liː/(Arabic) /ʔæ.ˈliː/(Persian)  [key·simplify]
Note In Turkish this name is written with a dotted İ. It appears as ALİ in uppercase and ali in lowercase.

Meaning & History

Means "lofty, sublime" in Arabic, from the root علا ('ala) meaning "to be high". Ali ibn Abi Talib 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.

Related Names

Variants'Ali(Arabic) Alija(Bosnian)
Feminine FormsAliya, Aliyah, Aliyya, Aliyyah(Arabic) Aliye(Turkish) Aliya(Kazakh)
Other Languages & CulturesƏli(Azerbaijani) Aliyu(Hausa) 'Elî(Kurdish) Cali(Somali)
Surname DescendantsAli(Arabic) Aliev, Alieva, Aliyev, Aliyeva(Avar) Aliev, Alieva, Aliyev, Aliyeva(Kazakh) Aliev, Alieva, Aliyev, Aliyeva(Kyrgyz) Alinejad(Persian) Aliev, Alieva, Aliyev, Aliyeva(Tajik)
Same Spelling'Ali, Əli, Ali 2
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Name Days

Finland: September 11


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


Entry updated April 23, 2024