Ali (name)

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Pronunciation Arabic: [ˈʕaliː]
Persian: [ʔæˈliː]
Turkish: [ˈɑli]
Hindustani: [ʔəˈliː]
Finnish: [ɑli]
Gender Male
Language(s) Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, others
Meaning Islamic: High, exalted, champion, noble
Finnish: Diminutive of Alexander (other languages)
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 Arab countries and the rest of 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 in some pre-islamic tribesmen (banu hanifa) 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-", or the Old Norse man's name Áli. It can also be an English nickname, as a shortened form of Alice, Alison, Alistair, Alexander, or Alexandra.

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 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 of Islam and the first infallible imam (leader) in Twelver Shi'a thought.
  • 'Ali ibn Husayn (Zayn al-Abidin), fourth infallible imam in Twelver Shi'a thought, grandson of Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • 'Ali ibn Musa (ar-Reza), eighth infallible imam in Twelver Shi'a thought.
  • 'Ali ibn Muhammad (al-Hadi), tenth infallible imam in Twelver Shi'a thought.

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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Ali (character), a Chinese cartoon character
  • Ali Baba, character described in the adventure tale of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
  • Ali Al-Saachez, character in the anime Gundam 00, one of the main antagonists of the show

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  1. ^ Kustaa Vilkuna, Marketta Huitu and Pirjo Mikkonen. Etunimet, published in Joka kodin suuri nimikirja. Suuri Suomalainen Kirjakerho, 1990.
  2. ^