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Gender: F Meaning of Alia: "supreme, exalted" Origin of Alia: Arabic feminine form of Ali Alia's Popularity in 2013: #724

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Alia is most simply the feminine form of Ali, one of the 99 attributes of Allah. The name is used by both Muslims and Jews; the word Aliyah means to make a pilgrimage to Israel and the words in both languages mean sublime, lofty, or exalted. Alia is also the name of the heroine of Frank Herbert's science fiction classic Children of Dune

While Alia is the sleekest version of the name, both the most ancient and the most modern-feeling, its most famous relative in the U.S. today is the more complicated Aaliyah.

In this extended family of names, Aaliyah is currently Number 36, Aliyah is 148, Aliya is 754, and Alia is 724.

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Famous People Named Alia

Alia Atkinson, Jamaican swimmer & Olympian (2004 & 2008 Olympics)
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Alia Bano, British playwright of Pashtun origin
Alia Bhatt, Indian film & Bollywood actress
Alia Ghanem, birth name of Osama Bin Laden's mother
Alia al-Hussein (1948-1977), Queen consort of Jordan
Alia bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan
Alia Moses Ludlum, Texas District Judge (joined in 2002)
Alia Mamdouh, Iraqi novelist, author & journalist exiled to Paris
Alia Ouabdelsselam, French retired ice dancer
Alia Sabur, American materials scientist & world's youngest professor
Alia Shawkat, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Alia

Alia, character in sci-fi series Shadow Children (Margaret P. Haddix)
Alia, character in Mega Man X series
Alia Atreides, fictional character in the "Dune Universe" (Frank Herbert)
Alia carinata, species of very small sea snail
Alia, former Jordanian national airline
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