Wali

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since 1880
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547
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wali

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     Arabic
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     Urdu
33%

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Wali means "Friend of god".
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From Arabic وَالِي (wālī).

  1. A provincial governor in certain Islamic countries.

wali was also found in the following language(s): Indonesian and Swahili

Notable Persons Named Wali

Nazeer Akbarabadi was a writer. Nazeer was given the name Wali Muhammad in 1735 in Delhi. He left this life in 1830.

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Wali Muhammad Wali was a ghazal, masnavi, qasida, and mukhammas writer. Wali was born in 1667 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He passed away in 1707.

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They passed away in 1987.

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Wali Jones is a basketball player for the Utah Stars, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, and Milwaukee Bucks. He was most prominent from 1964 to 1976. Wali was born on February 14th, 1942 in Philadelphia.

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Wali Khan Babar was a journalist. Wali was born Wali Khan Babar on April 5th, 1982. He died on January 13th, 2011.

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Wali Shah is a speaker, spoken word poet, musician, and public speaking. He has been prominent since 2013. Wali was born on September 9th, 1994.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wali

Wali Muhammad Wali was a ghazal, masnavi, qasida, and mukhammas writer. Wali was born in 1667 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He passed away in 1707.

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Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali was royalty. He holds the title The Fourth Sultan of Qutb Shahi dynasty and The FourthSultanofQutb Shahi dynasty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1550 to 1580. He left this life on June 5th, 1580.

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Ahmad Wali is a classical music, ghazals, pop music, hindustani classical music, and ghazal musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to 1970. Ahmad was born Ahmad Wali in Kabul.

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He left this life in 1620.

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He died in 1436.

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Kameshwar C. Wali is a in the field of theoretical physics. Kameshwar was born on October 15th, 1927 in Bijapur, Karnataka, India.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1951 5 0 5
1965 9 0 9
1966 6 0 6
1967 7 0 7
1968 6 0 6
1969 5 0 5
1972 11 0 11
1973 12 0 12
1974 6 0 6
1975 37 0 37
1976 36 0 36
1977 25 0 25
1978 27 0 27
1979 18 0 18
1980 17 0 17
1981 14 0 14
1982 19 0 19
1983 17 0 17
1984 16 0 16
1985 11 0 11
1986 14 0 14
1987 17 0 17
1988 16 0 16
1989 6 0 6
1990 12 0 12
1991 10 0 10
1992 18 0 18
1993 7 0 7
1994 10 0 10
1995 12 0 12
1996 11 0 11
1997 11 0 11
1998 16 0 16
1999 9 0 9
2000 9 0 9
2001 16 0 16
2002 16 0 16
2003 17 0 17
2004 13 0 13
2005 18 0 18
2006 23 0 23
2007 15 0 15
2008 20 0 20
2009 13 0 13
2010 15 0 15
2011 17 0 17
2012 17 0 17
2013 18 0 18
2014 24 0 24
2015 39 0 39
2016 65 0 65
2017 55 0 55
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Common last names for Wali

  • Muhammad

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wali U.S.
  White 32.18% 64.26%
  African American 25.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 27.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 11.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wali

People with the last name Wali are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Wali

  • How Popular is the name Wali? Wali is the 11,417th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wali was the 40,082nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wali have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 883 babies born with the first name Wali in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wali to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wali? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1951 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wali first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wali is Saturday, April 29th, 1893.
  • What year had the most people named Wali born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wali was in 2016 with a total of 65 babies.
  • Random Wali Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wali is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Wali: Your name in reverse order is Ilaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wali. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wali? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 547 people with the last name Wali.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wali? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Wali as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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