AH-lee-uh; uh-lee-uh; a-LEE-uh
Arabic feminine form of Ali
"supreme, exalted"

Alia Origin and Meaning

The name Alia is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "supreme, exalted".

Alia is the most classic and feminine form of Ali, one of the 99 attributes of Allah within Islam. Meaning "supreme, exalted, high, sublime", it is pretty, powerful and spirited.

The name is also used by Christians and Jews as it can be derived from the Hebrew word "alah", meaning "ascending" or "to rise" and is associated with making a pilgrimage or migrating to Israel.

Alia also given to the heroine of Frank Herbert's science fiction classic,Children of Dune and with the release of the new film adaptations of Dune, it may just gain more attention.

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 Aaliyah, a Top 100 name, associated with the singer.

# 555 in the US

Alia Rank in US Top 1000

# 623 on Nameberry

Alia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Alia Popularity

Famous People Named Alia

  • Alia alHussein, Queen consort of Jordan
  • Alia bint Al HusseinPrincess of Jordan
  • Alia Martine ShawkatAmerican actress
  • Alia Shanee AtkinsonJamaican Olympic swimmer
  • Alia Muhammad Bakerlibrarian who saved 30, 000 books from destruction in Iraq
  • Alia BanoBritish playwright
  • Alia BhattIndian actress, daughter of Indian Director Mahesh Bhatt and British,Indian Actress Soni Razdan and half sister of Indian Actress Pooja Bhatt
  • Alia Ghanembirth name of Osama Bin Laden's mother
  • Alia Moses LudlumU.S. federal judge
  • Alia MamdouhIraqi novelist, author and journalist
  • Alia OuabdelsselamFrench ice dancer
  • Alia Shelesh aka SSSniperWolfBritish,American YouTuber
  • Alia SaburAmerican materials scientist; world's youngest professor
  • Alia Rose Lebeau (b. 1992)daughter of singer Teena Marie
  • Alía Horford Vega (b. 2016)daughter of Miss Universe Amelia Vega and basketball player Al Horford

Alia in Pop Culture

  • Aliacharacter in the Shadow Children series by Margaret P. Haddix
  • Aliacharacter in Mega Man X series
  • Alia Atreidescharacter in the Dune series by Frank Herbert
  • Alia carinataspecies of very small sea snail
  • Aliaformer Jordanian national airline
  • Alia Zhangcharacter in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay