"This is my son, Sharif, and I am Ali"

An artist's impression of Ali ibn Ali Talib
Public DomainAn artist's impression of Ali ibn Ali Talib - Credit: Ahmad Reza Haraji
The name Sharif is a common Arabic name, sometimes used as a title given to the protector of a tribe or lands. As a first name, its meanings include ‘noble’,  ‘honoured’ and ‘virtuous’.

Ali, another male Arabic name, also means ‘noble’ or ‘high’. Its Islamic use traces back to Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammed.