[ 3 syll. a-li-yah, al-iy-ah ] The baby girl name Aliyah is pronounced as AA-Liy-aa- †. Aliyah is used chiefly in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, and it is derived from Hebrew and Arabic origins. Hebrew origin: It is derived from the elements 'aliyah' meaning ascent ; '´alah' to ascend, to go up. In Hebrew 'aliyah' refers to the return of the Jews to the Promised Land of Israel. This occurred when the state of Israel was established in 1948. The form Aaliyah was popularized by the R&B singer and actress Aaliyah (1979-2001).
Aliyah is a variant of the name Alya (Russian and Arabic) in the Arabic language.
The name Aliyah is used to a great extent; it has 35 variants that are used in English and other languages. English variants include Aahliyah, Aailiyah, Aailyah, Aalaiya, Aaleah, Aaleyah, Aalia, Aalieyha, Aaliya, Aaliyah (also used in Arabic), Aaliyaha, Aaliyha, Aalliah, Aalyah, Aalyiah, Aleah, Alee, Aleeya, Aleiya, Aleya, Aleyah, Aliah (also used in Arabic and Hebrew), Alieya, Aliye, Aliyiah, Aliyyah, Alliyah, Alliyia, Alya, and Jaliyah. Other English forms include the spelling variants Alea, Alia (also used in Arabic), and Aliya (also used in African, Arabic, Hebrew, and Swahili). A variant of Aliyah used in other languages is Aliyya (Arabic).
Aliyah is popular as a baby name for girls, and it is also regarded as trendy. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 1990s; before that, it was of infrequent use only. At the modest height of its usage in 2011, 0.119% of baby girls were named Aliyah. It ranked at #133 then. In 2012, its usage was 0.117% and its ranking #140, and it was the 2nd most popular after Aaliyah, within all girl names in its group. In 2012, the name was twice as popular as Aliyah.
† Pronunciation for Aliyah: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"