Gender: Female Meaning of Aaliyah: "heavens,highborn, exalted" Origin of Aaliyah: Variation of Aliya, Arabic Aaliyah's Popularity in 2019: #70

Aaliyah Origin and Meaning

The name Aaliyah is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "heavens,highborn, exalted".

Aaliyah is the feminine variation of Aali, a masculine Arabic name meaning “high” or “exalted.” There are many additional spellings of the name, including Alia, Aliyah, Aleah, and Aleia. In Hebrew, aliyah (pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable) means “rising,” and refers to Jewish immigration to Israel.

Thanks to the ill-fated singer, Aaliyah's the most popular—but complicated—spelling of this once-obscure name. Enough babies still bear the singer's namesake each year to keep this name among the most popular girl names starting with A.

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Rank in US: #70

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Aaliyah Rochelle Says:


I really like this name lol, no but seriously I really like it. Yeah the many misspellings, and mispronunciations (more people pronounce correctly though) can get irritating but most 9 times out of 10 when I tell people my name, they say what a beautiful name I have, it’a very unique and has a really beautiful meaning too. I also really like how there is so many spellings of name even though that makes it more easier for people to misspell it more. I’m only 20, but growing up I didn’t realize how popular my name was starting to get until i went to Gymnastics and Dance, and I was like the second or third Aaliyah there because usually I’m the only one.

Aaliyah Rochelle Says:


I don’t blame you, since there is SO many different spellings of my name, and it a little different to spell too, just remember that the begin is Ali ( with two or one a ) then Yah!

Aaliyah Rochelle Says:


Well since it is the feminine version of Ali (Ah-lee or Uh-lee) and not Elijah, it is pronounced Ah-lee-uh or Uh-lee-uh.

Aaliyah Rochelle Says:


I maybe bias since it’s my name but what is so awful, chavvy, and ugly about a name that means Heavens, highborn and exalted?! It has a very beautiful meaning, it’s unique, and it’s unusual (in a good way) ☺️

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I think it's a beautiful name. My iPhone 5 has this name, and it suits her perfectly.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


My iPhone 5 is named Aaliyah.

GenEric Says:


I know two girls with this name, sounds cool.

DeaNova Says:


This is my favorite spelling but I know 2 girls named Aaliyah and Aliyah and their names always get misspelled.

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idontknowwhattonamemyself Says:


A girl I went to school with named her baby Aaliyah. It's such an ugly, chavvy name, in my opinion. The mother was only 18 when she gave birth, so that probably explains the awful name choice.

bethlena Says:


Love it. Seems very modern!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


The singer Aaliyah made me fall in love with this name. She always said her name meant 'the highest/most exhaled one, the best'

AsiaBoo Says:


I've heard a lot of people pronounce this name as Uh-Lee-Uh but I've heard it pronounced as Ah-Lee-Uh too .

Zelliew Says:


I find the spelling confusing

hmg1204 Says:


Is this pronounced uh-le-uh or like uh-lie-uh

Guest Says:


This name is S O O O O O common around me. I like the more minimalistic spelling Alia though.