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Ali

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1914 5 0 5
1924 5 0 5
1926 5 0 5
1927 7 0 7
1928 6 0 6
1930 7 0 7
1931 6 0 6
1933 6 0 6
1934 5 0 5
1936 5 0 5
1937 8 0 8
1938 7 0 7
1939 6 0 6
1940 8 0 8
1941 7 0 7
1943 8 0 8
1944 11 0 11
1945 7 0 7
1946 5 0 5
1947 6 0 6
1948 5 0 5
1949 8 0 8
1950 13 0 13
1951 9 0 9
1952 17 0 17
1953 16 0 16
1954 20 0 20
1955 17 0 17
1956 15 0 15
1957 15 0 15
1958 18 0 18
1959 25 0 25
1960 31 6 25
1961 29 0 29
1962 32 0 32
1963 35 0 35
1964 54 6 48
1965 47 0 47
1966 36 0 36
1967 38 0 38
1968 52 0 52
1969 76 8 68
1970 109 33 76
1971 244 108 136
1972 219 100 119
1973 214 100 114
1974 255 97 158
1975 226 66 160
1976 268 70 198
1977 259 64 195
1978 319 65 254
1979 396 82 314
1980 322 69 253
1981 301 66 235
1982 330 66 264
1983 316 81 235
1984 387 125 262
1985 441 159 282
1986 562 280 282
1987 565 258 307
1988 558 226 332
1989 645 261 384
1990 746 308 438
1991 723 300 423
1992 715 268 447
1993 743 301 442
1994 790 314 476
1995 805 291 514
1996 854 325 529
1997 892 303 589
1998 891 269 622
1999 896 248 648
2000 916 235 681
2001 917 202 715
2002 1,062 193 869
2003 997 188 809
2004 1,007 282 725
2005 996 238 758
2006 1,067 240 827
2007 1,025 244 781
2008 1,061 320 741
2009 1,100 283 817
2010 1,235 386 849
2011 1,187 388 799
2012 1,173 305 868
2013 1,150 249 901
2014 1,246 237 1,009
2015 1,247 188 1,059

Fun Facts about the name Ali

  • How many people with the first name Ali have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 33,115 babies born with the first name Ali in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ali to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ali? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ali first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ali is Wednesday, October 21st, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Ali born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ali was in 2015 with a total of 1,059 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ali!
  • Random Ali Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ali ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 133 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Ali: Your name in reverse order is Ila. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lia. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ali? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 60,002 people with the last name Ali.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ali? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 20 of them will have Ali as their last name.

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Popularity of Ali as a first name

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Popularity of Ali as a last name

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Common last names for Ali

  • Mohamed
  • Ahmed
  • Hassan
  • Saleh
  • Khan
  • Ahmad
  • Abdullah
  • Ibrahim
  • Mohammed
  • Abdi

Common first names for Ali

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ali U.S.
  White 17.33% 64.26%
  African American 30.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 42.91% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ali

People with the last name Ali are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ali" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ali as well as things modernly associated with the name Ali such as celebrities named Ali.

Arabic

Origin and Meaning of Ali

The name "Ali" is of Arabic origin, and it means "Noble, Sublime". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
  2. United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
Wiktionary

From Arabic عَلِيّ (ʿaliyy, literally “high, exalted”), from the Arabic root ع ل ي (ʿ-l-y).

  1. A male given name.
  2. The Muslim caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib, considered by Shias to be Muhammad's successor.
  3. A surname found among Muslims.

    Ali was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish

    Notable Persons With the Name Ali

    Ali Larter

    Ali Larter is an actress, model, and model (people). She was most active from 1997 to present. Ali was given the name Alison Elizabeth Larter on February 28th, 1976 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States. Ali is also known as Allegra Coleman.

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    Ali Wong

    Ali Wong is an actress, comedian, and writer. Her ongoing career started in 2011. Ali was born on April 19th, 1982 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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    Ali ibn Abi Talib

    Ali ibn Abi Talib is royalty. He holds the title Commander of the Faithful and Commander of the Faithful (Amir al-Mu'minin). He was most active from 656 to 661. Ali was born as the child of Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib and Fatimah bint Asad in Mecca.

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    Ali MacGraw

    Ali MacGraw is an actress, model, author, and animal rights activist. She was most active from 1968 to present. Ali was given the name Elizabeth Alice MacGraw on April 1st, 1939 in Pound Ridge, New York, United States.

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    Ali Zafar

    Ali Zafar is a pop music, electronic music, folk music, classical music, and sufi rock musician. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2003. Ali was given the name Ali Mohammad Zafar on May 18th, 1980 in Lahore.

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    Ali Bongo Ondimba

    Ali Bongo Ondimba is a President of Gabon and List of heads of state of Gabon. Ali was born on February 9th, 1959 in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ali

    Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali is a boxer. Muhammad was born on January 17th, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

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    Mahershala Ali

    Mahershala Ali is an actor. He was most prominent from 2001 to present. Mahershala was given the name Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore on February 16th, 1974 in Oakland, California, U.S. Mahershala is also known as Mahershala Karim-Ali.

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    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a politician and author. Ayaan was given the name Ayaan Hirsi Magan on November 13th, 1969 in Mogadishu.

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    Tatyana Ali

    Tatyana Ali is a contemporary r&b actress, model, singer, and model (people). She has had major accomplishments since 1985. Tatyana was given the name Tatyana Marisol Ali on January 24th, 1979 in , U.S. Tatyana is also known as Tatyana M. Ali.

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    Laila Ali

    Laila Ali is a boxer. Laila was born on December 30th, 1977 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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    Imtiaz Ali

    Imtiaz Ali is a film director, writer, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1995. Imtiaz was born on June 16th, 1971 in Jamshedpur.

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    • Nadia Ali
      (musician)
    • Husayn Ibn Ali
      (important individual)
    • Brother Ali
      (rapping)
    • Tariq Ali
      (novelist)
    • Hasan ibn Ali
      (famous person)
    • Hussein bin Ali
      (royalty)
    • Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
      (2nd President of Tunisia)
    • Lucky Ali
      (musician)
    • Moeen Ali
      (cricketer)
    • Javed Ali
      (musician)
    • Asif Ali
      (actor)
    • Salim Ali
      (scientist)
    • Nafisa Ali
      (actor)
    • Ghulam Ali
      (singer)

    What does the name Ali mean?

    Ais for aptitudes, your special capabilities shine

    Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

    Iis for immaculate, keeping it tidy

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    Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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