Hawramani Encyclopedia of Muslim Baby Names

Alaa (Name)

Alaa (transliteration: ʿAlāʾ, Arabic: علاء) is an Arabic name for boys that means “loftiness”1, “honor”2, “glory”3 The well-known Arabian name Aladdin is a phrase made up of this name (Alaa) and the word dīn (“religion”, “faith”, “creed”), creating the meaning of “glory of the faith”, meaning one who brings glory and honor to his faith.

Alaa is also spelled Ala and Alaa’.

There are 13 Companions of the Prophet Muhammad named Alaa:

  • al-Alaa bin Jariyah العلاء بن جارية
  • al-Alaa bin al-Harith al-Thaqafi العلاء بن الحارث الثقفي
  • al-Alaa bin al-Hadhrami العلاء بن الحضرمي
  • al-Alaa bin Kharijah العلاء بن خارجة
  • al-Alaa bin Khubab العلاء بن خباب
  • al-Alaa bin Sab` العلاء بن سبع
  • al-Alaa bin Sa`d al-Saa`idi العلاء بن سعد الساعدي
  • al-Alaa bin Abdul Jabbar al-Attar العلاء بن عبد الجبار العطار
  • al-Alaa bin Adi bin Rabee`ah العلاء بن عدي بن ربيعة
  • al-Alaa bin Uqbah العلاء بن عقبة
  • al-Alaa bin Wahb bin Muhammad العلاء بن وهب بن محمد
  • al-Alaa bin Yazeed bin Unais العلاء بن يزيد بن أنيس
  • al-Alaa (last name unknown) العلاء غير منسوب

Below is the name Alaa written in Arabic naskh script:

Below is the name Alaa written in Arabic kufi script:


  1. Maqayees al-Lughah by Ibn Faris (d. 1004 CE), entry for عَلَوَ.
  2. Mukhtaar al-Sihaah by al-Razi (d. 1266 CE), entry for علا.
  3. Al-Majmoo` al-Mugheeth fi Gharibay al-Qur’aani wal Hadeeth by Abu Musa al-Madeeni (d. 1185 CE), entry for علا.
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