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Gender: female
Pronunciation: ah-LEE-uh
Meaning: rising, sublime
Related Names: Aaliya, Alea, Aleah, Aleana, Aleea, Aleeyah, Ali, Alia, Aliah, Alison, Aliya, Aliyah, Aliye, Allia, Alliah

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 98


Name: aaliyah Origin: Hebrew),,, (Arabic),, Meaning (no case): rising, sublime



Aaliyah is a variation of Aliyah, which may come from either Hebrew or Arabic, or both. In both languages, the meaning is similar: in Hebrew, Aaliyah means "rising, ascending,"[1] and in Arabic it means "lofty, sublime, exalted."[1]

In Arabic, Aliyah may be considered a feminine version of the name Ali. In Hebrew, Aliyah referred to the journey of the Jewish people to the Promised Land of Israel.[1]


In the United States, Aaliyah first appeared on the top 1000 chart in 1994, debuting at number 202. 1994 was also the year that the pop singer known as Aaliyah had her first Number 1 single, "Back and Forth."[1] The name Aaliyah reached a peak at 64 in 2002, and has remained in the top 100 since then. In 2007, it ranked as the 84th most popular girl's name.[1]

The original spelling Aliyah also appeared in the top 1000 chart in 1994, and has remained in the top 500. It ranked at 215 in 2007. The spelling Aliya appeared in 1999 and has skirted the lower edges of the top 1000. It ranked at 738 in 2007.[1]

Aaliyah is also a popular name in other countries. In Malta, it ranked as the 20th most popular girl's name in 2005, and has also been a top 100 name in New Zealand and England during the twenty-first century, as well as a top 500 name in Canada, Australia and Belgium.[1]


  • Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, was a very talented R&B singer with a successful career. She had six number one singles in nine years, and paired up with R&B superstars such as R. Kelly, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott. She appeared in several television shows, and acted in the 2000 film Romeo Must Die and the 2001 film Queen of the Damned. She was killed in a plane crash over the Bahamas on August 25, 2001.[1] The popularity of the name Aaliyah, especially with this unusual spelling, is almost certainly due to the popularity of this short-lived star.


  • In Judaism, an Aliyah may refer to several important rituals:
    • Aliyah La-Aretz: immigration to Israel; "ascending" to the promised land
    • Aliyah La-Torah: being called up to read from the Torah during a service— also called "Aliyot"
    • Aliyah L'regel: making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem during Passover, Shavuot or Sukkot.[1]
  • Aliyah was an Israeli political party in the 1990s. It was an acronym for what can be translated as "We People For a Renewed Israel."[1]
  • Aliya Linstrum Gallery: fine art gallery in Georgia
  • Alice Aliya: perfume
  • Aliya software



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Author: Sarena Emily Levinson


Facts about AaliyahRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 7  +
Meaning rising, sublime  +
Meaningnc rising, sublime  +
Name aaliyah  +
Origin Hebrew  +, and Arabic  +
Popularity 1  +
Pronunciation ah-LEE-uh  +
Rank in 2000s 98  +
Related Aaliya  +, Alea  +, Aleah  +, Aleana  +, Aleea  +, Aleeyah  +, Ali  +, Alia  +, Aliah  +, Alison  +, Aliya  +, Aliyah  +, Aliye  +, Allia  +, and Alliah  +
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