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Meaning and Name Origin

Ali \a-li\ as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Ali) is pronounced AL-ee. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Ali is "exalted". In English, Ali is used as a nickname of Allie, Alexandra and names beginning with Al-. Actress Ali McGraw.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Alice and Alberta.


Ali has 33 alternative forms via Alexandra, Allie: Aleka, Aleki, Alessia, Alex, Alexa, Alexea, Alexi, Alexia, Alexie, Alexina, Alexine, Alexis, Aley, Alie, Aliki, Alista, Alix, Alla, Alle, Allexa, Alley, Alli, Allie, Allix, Ally, Anda, Elena, Lesy, Lexa, Lexi, Lexie, Lexy and Sandi.


Ali is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2434 out of 4276, Top 57%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#1733 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ali for girls. Ali entered the list in 1990 and reached its peak rank of #675 in the U.S. in the year 1994, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ali name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ali outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ali and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Ali ranked in the Top 1000 are Alberta, Alex, Alexa (#63 a year ago), Alexandra (#92), Alexia (#270), Alexis (#64), Alice (#97), Allie (#257), Ally (#736), Elena (#121), Lexi (#242), Lexie (#563) and Sandi. These girl names were at the top of their popularity in 2010 and are somewhat less popular today, with the versions Alberta, Alex, Ali, Ally and Sandi falling out of fashion. The most trendy girl names among these are Alexa (#63), Alice (#97), Allie (#257), Elena (#121) and Lexi (#242), with Alice and Allie going through a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alberta, Alex, Alexa, Alexandra, Alexia, Alexis, Ali, Alice, Allie, Ally in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elena, Lexi, Lexie, Sandi in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alex, Alexa, Alexandra, Alexis, Alice outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lexi, Lexie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ali is alike in pronunciation to Aila, Aili, Ailie, Ailli, Ala, Alah, Alaia, Alais, Alea, Alia, Aliah, Aliya, Aliye, Allia, Aloe, Alya, Ayla, Ela, Eli, Elia, Elli, Ila, Ola, Olia, Ula and Ulli. Other suggested similar baby names are Abi, Adi, Agi, Aki, Al, Alfi, Alis, Aliz, Ami and Ari. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ali.