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Meaning and name origin

Alistair \a-lis-tair, al(i)-stair\ as a boy's 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.


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

For more information, see also related boy names Allaster and Macallister.

There is 1 feminine form of Alistair: Alina.


Alistair is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alistair for boys. Alistair reached its highest rank of #77 in Scotland in 1998. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alistair name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alistair and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Alexander (#8) and Alistair. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alexander in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Alistair is also pronounced similarly to Alaistair, Alasteir, Alistar, Alistir, Allistair, Allistir, Allystair and Alystair. Other suggested similar baby names are Alaisdair and Alysdair. Like Alistair, these names are not commonly used.