Variation of Aliya, Arabic
"heavens, highborn, exalted"

Aaliyah Origin and Meaning

The name Aaliyah is 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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