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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, 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, Top 50%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#1733 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ali for boys. Ali reached its highest rank of #319 in the U.S. in 2002. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

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, Ani, Ari, Atli and Avi. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ali.