Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Aliya (Name)

Aliya (transliteration: ʿĀliyah) is an Arabic name for girls that means “lofty”, “high”, “at the top”, “the top part of something”1. Aliya is also another name for the Hijaz, the part of Arabia that contains the cities of Mecca and Medina.2

There is one Companion of the Prophet Muhammad with the name of Aliya:

  • al-Aliya bint al-Waleed العالية بنت الوليد

Aliya bint Ali (1911 – 1950) was an Arabian princess and the last queen of Iraq, being the wife of King Ghazi.

The name Aliya may also be spelled as Aliyah, Alia, Aalia, Aaliah, Aleya, Aaleya, Aleyah and Aaleyah.

The name Aliya is used in the Quran in verse 69:22:

21. So he will be in pleasant living. 22. In a lofty Garden.

Aliya is also used in verse 88:10 of the Quran:

9. Satisfied with their endeavor. 10. In a lofty Garden.

Below is the name Aliya written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the same name written in Arabic ruʿqah script:


  1. Kitaab al-Ain by al-Khaleel bin Ahmad al-Faraahidi (d. 786 CE), entry for علو.
  2. Ibid.

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