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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Alif mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Alif

User Submitted Meanings

  • A submission from California, United States says the name Alif means "Honest and straight".
  • According to a user from Malaysia, the name Alif is of Arabic origin and means "The Cheerfully, The Close Companion".
  • According to a user from Malaysia, the name Alif means "My world".
  • A submission from Indonesia says the name Alif means "The first" and is of Arabic origin.
  • According to a user from Singapore, the name Alif is of Arabic origin and means "The fist letter of the Arabic alphabet".
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International Interest

From Arabic أَلِف (ʾalif).

  1. The first letter of the Arabic alphabet: ا (ʾalif).

alif was also found in the following language(s): French and Italian

Notable Persons Named Alif

Alif Satar is a singer, tv host, actor, writer, singing, and presenter. They were most prominent from 2006 to present. Alif was given the name Muhammad Alif bin Mohd Satar on September 22nd, 1990 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


His military service ended in 1992. Alif was born on June 24th, 1953 in Khojaly (city). He left this life on February 26th, 1992.


Alif Shamsudin is a soccer player for the Melaka United, Malaysian President's Cup, Negeri Sembilan FA, Sime Darby F.C., and Malaysia national football team. Alif was born on February 1st, 1986 in Seremban.


Alif was born in 1968 in Khost.


Alif Azhar Abdul Rahman is an athlete for the Melodi Jaya Sports Club.


Alif Najmi Zaini is an athlete for the Melaka United.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Alif

Isma Alif is a soccer player for the Kuala Lumpur FA, Perak FA, T–Team F.C., Sabah United FC, PDRM FA, and Malaysia national football team. Isma was born on February 22nd, 1987 in Perak. Isma is also known as Karam.


Yunus Alif is a soccer player for the Real Mulia F.C., Terengganu FA, Pahang F.C., and Malaysia national football team. Yunus was born on May 27th, 1958 in Terengganu. Yunus is also known as Ahmad Yunus Mohd Alif.


Mohd Syamim Alif is a soccer player for the Sungai Ara F.C., Bukit Jalil Sports School, Harimau Muda B, Kedah FA, Kedah United F.C., Malaysia Pahang Sports School, and Harimau Muda C. Mohd was born on August 5th, 1993 in Kulim.


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Fun Facts about the name Alif

  • How Popular is the name Alif? Alif is the 31,745th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Alif have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 140 babies born with the first name Alif in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alif to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alif? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Alif first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alif is Thursday, November 23rd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Alif born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alif was in 2017 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Random Alif Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alif is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Alif: Your name in reverse order is Fila. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ifla. How do you pronounce that?

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  • 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).
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