Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Aaliyah

Aaliyah is an Arabic female given name taken from the masculine “Aali” (عالي) meaning “sublime” (as in exalted, awe-inspiring). Furthermore, in Hebrew, to make an “aliyah” means to go up toward God, or more simply, “to rise, ascend.” Apropos, Aliyah also referred to the journey of the Jewish people to the Promised Land. Westerners were introduced to this unusual Arabic name by American recording artist Aaliyah Dana Haughton (1979-2001).

All About the Baby Name – Aaliyah

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME AALIYAH

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME AALIYAH

It’s clear that one person single-handedly influenced the use of the name Aaliyah in America, and that person was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who was better known simply as “Aaliyah.” Aaliyah’s rise in popular music was meteoric, which makes her name fitting – clearly she was destined to ascend the charts and make her mark. Her first two albums (released in 1994 and 1996) sold a combined seven million copies and she became widely known. Her unique name struck a chord with her millions of fans, and “Aaliyah” became a favorite girls name in American for the first time in 1994. It entered the charts at an impressive position #204, but it grew significantly in the year 2001 upon the premature death of the young pop star. Since 2001, the name has been a Top 100 favorite. Given its “awe-inspiring” meaning, it’s no wonder American parents find the name Aaliyah so appealing.

Quick Facts

ON AALIYAH

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

36

PRONUNCIATION:

ah-LEE-yah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Sublime, exalted

Characteristics

OF AALIYAH

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Aaliyah

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME AALIYAH

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Aaliyah

Popular Songs

ON AALIYAH

The Aaliyah Song
a song by Boyz II Men

Aaliyah Story
a song by Aaliyah

Famous People

NAMED AALIYAH

Aaliyah Haughton (musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED AALIYAH

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Aaliyah

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME AALIYAH

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Aaliyah