Ali (Arabic: علي, ʿAlī) is a male Arabic name, derived from the Arabic root ʿ-L-Y which literally means "high". It is a common name in Arabic countries and the rest of the Muslim world.
Islamic traditional use of the name goes back to Ali ibn Abu Talib, the Islamic leader and cousin of Muhammad, but the name is identical in form and meaning to the Hebrew: עֵלִי , Eli, which goes back to the Eli in the Books of Samuel.
The name Ali can arise away from Islam; among English-speakers as short for male and female names starting with "Al-", or the Old Norse man's name Áli.
Ali is also a Finnish male given name, derived from Aleksanteri. It can also be a girl's name as a shortened form of Alejandra.
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Famous quotes containing the word ali:
“That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didnt entirely conquerhe came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed generation.”
—Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939)