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Meaning and name origin
Ali \a-li\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Ali), is pronounced ah-LEE, AH-lee. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Ali is "high, exalted". Ali was the name of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, known as the first male convert to Islam. The name is one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah proposed by Muhammad as excellent names for boy children. The name is also borne by the hero in "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves". Also, Muhammad Ali was the name adopted by boxer Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam.
Ali has 1 variant form: Alia.
There is 1 feminine form of Ali: Alice.
Ali is a somewhat popular first name for males (#614 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#1733 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ali for boys (2015 statistics).
Ali is also pronounced similarly to Allie, Alois, Aly, Eli, Elia, Elie, Eliu, Elli, Eloi, Ely, Ilia, Ilie and Ola. Other suggested similar baby names are Adi, Afi, Al, Alf, Alic, Alik, Alin, Alix, Ari, Atli and Avi. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ali.
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