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Ali (name)

PronunciationArabic: [ˈʕaliː]
Persian: [ʔæˈliː]
Turkish: [ˈali]
Urdu: [ʔəˈliː]
Finnish: [ɑli]
Language(s)Arabic, Azerbaijani, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, others
MeaningArabic: High, exalted, champion, noble
Finnish: Diminutive of Alexander (other languages) Originated from: Arabia
Other names
Variant form(s)Aly, Alli, Alley, Allie, Ally

Ali (Arabic: علي‎, ʿAlī) is a male Arabic name derived from the Arabic root ʕ-l-w, which literally means "high", "elevated" or "champion". It is a common name in the Muslim world. Islamic traditional use of the name goes back to the Islamic leader Ali ibn Abi Talib but the name is also present among some pre-Islamic Arabs (e.g. Banu Hanifa, some rulers of Saba and Himyar) and identical in form and meaning to the Hebrew: עֵלִי‎, Eli, which goes back to the High Priest Eli in the biblical Books of Samuel.

The name Ali also arises in other traditions. Among English-speakers as short for male and female names starting with "Al-" such as Alice, Alison, Alistair, Alexander, or Alexandra. In Old Norse, Áli and Åle are alternate forms of Onela. Ali is also a Finnish male given name, derived from Aleksanteri.[1]

Ali also as a last name has become very popular on a global scale due to the immigration of Muslims throughout the globe. This is especially so in the Caribbean where indentured laborers from South Asia were brought to replace African slave labour at the end of slavery in countries such as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.[2]


  • Al-Ali (The Sublimely Exalted), one of the 99 names of God in Islam
  • Ali (Ali ibn Abi Talib), cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the fourth Caliph in Sunni Islam, and the first Imam in most schools of Shia Islam
  • Ali ibn Husayn (Zayn al-Abidin), grandson of Ali ibn Abi Talib, fourth infallible Imam in Isma'ili and Twelver Shia Islam
  • Ali ibn Musa (ar-Reza), eighth infallible Imam in Shia Islam.
  • Ali ibn Muhammad (al-Hadi), tenth infallible Imam in Shia Islam.

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Fictional characters

  • Ali (character), a Chinese cartoon character
  • Ali (House), a character in the television series House
  • Ali Baba, a character in the folk tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Ali Bombay, a character in the television series M.A.S.K.
  • Ali Osman, a character in the soap opera EastEnders
  • Ali Al-Saachez, a character in the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam 00

See also


  1. ^ Kustaa Vilkuna, Marketta Huitu and Pirjo Mikkonen. Etunimet, published in Joka kodin suuri nimikirja. Suuri Suomalainen Kirjakerho, 1990.
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  3. ^ Ali, Jobeda (26 November 2014). "Care workers are not glorified cleaners". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  4. ^ Loke, Steven. "Richest Man In Bangladesh". The Richest People In The World. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. ^ Newspaper Trends: Bangladesh, World Advertising Research Center; Retrieved: 14 September 2007