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Ali

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ali

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

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  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 Named Ali

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

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

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    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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    How popular is the baby name Ali in the U.S.?

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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 215 101 114
    1974 255 97 158
    1975 227 66 161
    1976 268 70 198
    1977 259 64 195
    1978 320 65 255
    1979 397 82 315
    1980 321 69 252
    1981 300 65 235
    1982 329 66 263
    1983 316 81 235
    1984 387 125 262
    1985 442 159 283
    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 807 291 516
    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 1,175 306 869
    2013 1,150 249 901
    2014 1,246 237 1,009
    2015 1,248 188 1,060
    2016 1,234 151 1,083

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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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    Fun Facts about the name Ali

    • How Popular is the name Ali? Ali is the 1,256th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ali was the 559th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Ali have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34,356 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 2016 with a total of 1,083 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ali!
    • Random Ali Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ali ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 129 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2012.
    • 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 Ila. 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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    • 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).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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