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Origin and popularity of the name ALI


Ali : Arabic: from the personal name ʿAlī ‘high lofty sublime’. Al-ʿAlī ‘the All-High’ is an attribute of God/Allah also seen in the compound name ʿAbd al-ʿAlī ʿAbdul-ʿAlī (see Abdulali). The name ʿAlī was borne by the first imam of the Shiite Muslims ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (c. 600–661). This surname is found among both Muslims and Christians. In North America it is also established among African Americans. Compare Alali Alli and Aly.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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