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What does Alistair mean?

Alistair Pronunciation of Alistair [al-is-tair] as a boys' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Alistair is "man's defender". Scottish spelling of Alasdair, the Gaelic form of Alexander, which has long been popular in Scotland, having been borne by three medieval kings of the country. Aly is the pet form. TV commentator Alistair Cooke; actor Alistair Sim.

Associated with: greek, defender, gaelic, popular (famous), medieval, kings.


Alistair has 8 variants: Alastair, Alastor, Aleister, Alisdair, Alistaire, Alister, Allister and Aly.

Affiliated boy names: Allaster and Macallister.

8 more relations via Alasdair, Alexander: Alaisdair, Alasdair, Alaster, Alistir, Allistair, Allistir, Allysdair and Alysdair.

1 feminine form: Alina.

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Middle name pairings:
Alistair Giancarlo (A.G.), ..

How popular is Alistair?

Alistair is a rare first name for men. Alistair is an equally unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Alistair entered the list in 2007 and reached its highest rank of #1031 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alistair name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alistair outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Alistair (#1031 last year) listed in the Top 2000 are Alexander (#8 last year) and Alister (#1815). Other variants, like Allistir, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Alistair was well-received among parents 22 years ago (usage of 1.05%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.78%, down 26%). Alexander has generally been popular among parents, though Alistair has become trendy as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alistair, Alexander, Alister in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alistair, Alexander outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alistair is pronounced similarly to Alaistair, Alaister, Alasteir, Alester, Alistar, Allaistar, Allastir, Allystair, Alystair and Alyster. Other recommended names are Abisha, Abishai, Achishar, Adair, Agustin, Aitan, Alain, Alair, Alaire, Alamar, Albain, Algar, Alia, Aliard, Alicio, Alisander, Alison, Alissander, Alissandre, Alisson, Allain, Allgar (see Alger), Allston, Allstonn, Alltair, Allvar, Allyster, Aloisio, Alomar, Alsten, Alstin, Alston, Alta, Altaer, Altair, Altayr, Alter, Alysdare, Amilcar, Amishar, Amitai, Amital, Amitay, Anastagio, Anastas, Anastase, Anastasio, Anestis, Anisio, Anstas, Aristeo, Aristide, Aristio, Aristo, Aristos, Artair, Austin, Avishai, Avishar, Avital, Blair, Clair, Ellair, Griogair and Wistar. These names tend to be more commonly used than Alistair.

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