In the Arabic world, Ali is a long-standing boys' name, but it's unisex in the US. Historically, Ali was a close relation of the Prophet Muhammad and the fourth caliph (ruler) of the Islamic world. Ali Fedotowsky of “The Bachelorette” (real name: Alexandra) and actress Ali Larter (real name: Alison) are professionally known by those three letters. The greatest reason to give your child this name: in honor of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who changed his name from Cassius Clay when he became Muslim.
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