Ali Name Meaning

Muslim (widespread throughout the Muslim world): from the Arabic personal name ?Ali ‘high’, ‘lofty’, ‘sublime’. Al-?Ali ‘the All-High’ is an attribute of Allah. Abdul-?Ali means ‘servant of the All-High’. ?Ali ibn Abi ?Talib (c. 600–661), the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, was the fourth and last of the ‘rightly guided’ khalifs (ruled 656–61) and the first imam of the Shiite Muslims. His assassination led to the appearance of the Shiite sect.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Wali, Alf, Li, Aloi, Alm, Alli, Alix, Aldi, Al, Aly

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Ali Family Occupations

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In 1939, Shop Boy and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Ali. 10% of Ali men worked as a Shop Boy and 56% of Ali women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ali were General Labourer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Shop Boy
  • Ships Fireman
  • Seaman
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Household Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Housewife

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Ali life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Ali in 1951 was 55, and 57 in 2004.

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