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Updated March 27, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Exalted

What does Aaliyah mean and stand for?

The name Aaliyah is of Arabic origin and means "heavens, highborn, exalted". While there are many different spellings, Aaliya is the feminine variation of Aali, a masculine Arabic name meaning “high” or “exalted.”

Syllables: 3

Girl name variations

How Popular Is The Name Aaliyah


According to Social Security Administration data, Aaliyah has been consistently popular, breaking the top 100 in 2001. It has toggled between the top 40,50,60, and 70 throughout the past decade, never truly falling from popularity.

However, it is the 24th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Aaliyah was at its peak popularity in December 2018.

Aaliyah is one of the many variations of the name, but it truly gained popularity with singer Aaliyah. The Queen of Iraq also shares this name, though it's spelled Aliya.

Where is it Popular?

Aaliyah was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Aaliyah

  • Ali
  • Leah
  • Lee
  • LiLi

Pairs well with these middle names


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