Wali Family History
Wali Name Meaning
Muslim (mainly Pashto): from a personal name based on Arabic walī ‘lord guardian protector saint’ or ‘friend’ often interpreted as a short form of Walī Allāh ‘friend of God’ an epithet of the prophet Muhammad. In the Ottoman Empire this word was used as a title for a local administrator. Indian (Kashmir): Brahmin name probably ultimately derived from Arabic walī (see 1 above). Indian (Karnataka): Lingayat name of unexplained etymology.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press