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What does Ali mean?

Ali [ali] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' 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, 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.

Associated with: arabic, prophet, hero, clay (earth).


Ali has 1 variant: Alia.

Ali has 1 feminine form: Alice.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Aldi, Asi, ..

(female) Aal, Alini, ..

How popular is Ali?

Ali is a somewhat popular first name for men (#614 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#876 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name history of Ali for boys. Ali was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #319 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is at #333 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ali name in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Ali is pronounced similarly to Ahlois, Alley, Allie, Alois, Aly, Eelia, Eli, Elia, Elie, Eliu, Elli, Eloi, Elois, Eloy, Ely, Ilia, Ilie, Ilya, Ola, Ollie, Willi and Wylie. Other suggested similar names are Adi, Afi, Al, Alf, Alic, Alik, Alin, Alix, Ani, Ari, Atli and Avi. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ali.