Ali (name)

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Pronunciation Arabic: [ʕaˈliː] (no glottal stop)[citation needed]
Persian: [ʔæ'liː][citation needed]
Finnish: [ɑli][citation needed]
Gender Unisex
Language(s) Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, others
Meaning High, exalted, noble (Islamic); various diminuitives (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" or "elevated". 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 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, or Alexander and Alexandra.

Ali is also a Finnish male given name, derived from Aleksanteri.[1]


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

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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.