Veli

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Veli is an Ottoman Turkish name, mainly used by Ottoman affiliated populations as a male given name, meaning guardian and brother.

Its original etymology in Arabic meaning a "friend of God" when used in a religious-mystical context, and is the singular form of Evliya.

Veli is also a unisex name in South Africa in the Nguni language siSwati, shortened for names: Velaphi, Veliswa and Velile.

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