[ 2 syll. a-li, al-i ] The baby girl name Ali is also used as a boy name, and it is more commonly a boy name. It is pronounced aa-LIY- †. Ali's language of origin is Old Greek, Arabic, and Germanic. It is predominantly used in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Arabic origin, Arabic use: It is derived literally from the word ali with the meaning 'high, lofty, sublime'. See Ali for more information.
In addition, Ali is a familiar form (English and Spanish) of Alexandra.
Ali is also a shortening (English) of Alice.
Ali is also a shortening (English) of the English, French, and Scottish Alison.
Ali is also a spelling variant of the English Allie.
Ali is a somewhat popular baby girl name. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 2000s. At the modest height of its usage in 2011, 0.020% of baby girls were named Ali. It was #713 in rank then. In 2012, it ranked at #865 with a usage of 0.016%. Within the family of girl names directly related to Ali, Alexandra was the most popular. It was 11 times more widely used than Ali in 2012. Although there were times from 1986 to 1986 that Ali was more popular with girls, today it is used more commonly as a boy name. In 2011, 97% more boys than girls were given the name Ali.
† Pronunciation for Ali: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Ali:
Actress Ali Landry, born 21 July 1973, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Actress Ali Larter, born 28 February 1976, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Actress Ali MacGraw, born Alice MacGraw April 1, 1938, Pound Ridge, New York.