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 Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ali. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Southern Asia


  • Middle East


  • Western & Central India


  • England & Wales


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Ali Family Origin

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Ali Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Ali occupation in Canada was Carpenter And Joiner. 33% of Ali's were Carpenter And Joiners. Carpenter And Joiner, Cultivateur and Apprentice were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ali. A less common occupation for the Ali family was Son.

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  • Carpenter And Joiner

  • Cultivateur

  • Apprentice

  • Son


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Ali Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Ali. For the veterans among your Ali ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ali Life Expectancy

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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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