Girl Names baby nameAaliyah

What does the name Aaliyah mean?

The different meanings of the name Aaliyah are:
  • Hebrew meaning: To ascend; to go up
  • Arabic meaning: Lofty; sublime
  • Swahili meaning: Exalted
The meaning of the name “Aaliyah” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Aaliyah is a female name that comes originally from the Arabic language. It is widely considered to be a female variation of the masculine name Aali (or Ali today). Taking its meaning from this name, it means "sublime, lofty, high up, and exalted". As Aali is thought to be a name derived from Allah, Aaliyah can be thought of as a female name derived from this same root, giving it strong significance in the Islamic religion.

Alternative spellings of Aaliyah are usually Aleah, Aliah, or Alea with the most commonly used being Alea. It is sometimes falsely associated with the Turkish name Ayla, but these two names have vastly different origins and are not related. Common nicknames for the feminine name Aalilyah are Alli, Lea, or Lya.

Aaliyah was popularized in the English-speaking world and parts of Europe in the mid-2000s after the death of R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) in a plane crash. The name enjoys increased popularity from 1994 in the US until 2014, with spikes in usage in 2002 and a peak at 36th most popular female baby names in 2012. In 2014 it was the 45th most popular female baby name in the US, 48th most popular in New Zealand, 74th most popular in Australia, and the 125th most popular in the UK. Usage stats in Arabic-speaking countries are not known.

Famous people and celebrities who have shared the name include Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), an R&B singer and actress; Aaliyah Mendes, a social media Vine personality; Aaliyah Hudson, a well-known YouTube video creator; and Aaliyah Rose, also a YouTube video creator.