Boy name origins & meanings
- English : Place name: United Kingdom
Family name origins & meanings
- Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic walī ‘lord’, ‘guardian’, ‘protector’, ‘saint’, or ‘friend’, often interpreted as a short form of Walī Allāh ‘friend of God’, an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad.
- Indian (Kashmir) : Hindu (Brahman) name, probably ulitmately derived from Arabic walī ‘lord’ (see 1).
- Indian (Karnataka) : Hindu (Lingayat) name of unknown meaning.