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Gender: Female Meaning of Aaliyah: "heavens,highborn, exalted" Origin of Aaliyah: Variation of Aliya, Arabic Aaliyah's Popularity in 2017: #57

The name Aaliyah is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "heavens,highborn, exalted". Aaliyah is ranked #57 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Musician Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "drop your least favourite w randomly generated names - girls with middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Aaliyah

Aaliyah Dana Haughton, late American singer
Aaliyah Guyton (b. 2006), daughter of Brazilian basketball player Adriana Moisés Pinto and A.J. Guyton
Aaliyah Barrett, daughter of NFL player Shaquil Barrett
Aaliyah Mulgrew, daughter of Scottish footballer Charlie Mulgrew
Aaliyah Snow Ada, daughter of Instagram blogger Emilee Hembrow

Pop Culture References for the name 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.