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What does Alistair mean?

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.

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

Alistair has 1 feminine form: Alina.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Aldistair, Anistair, ..

(female) Alisami, Alistairi, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Alistair for boys. Alistair entered the list in 2007 and reached its highest rank of #1087 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 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.

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Alistair and related names. The only other popular alternative form of Alistair (#1087 last year) listed in the Top 2000 is Alexander (#8 last year). Other variants, like Allistir, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Alistair was well-received among parents 21 years ago (usage of 1.05%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.81%, down 22%). Alexander has generally been popular among parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alistair, Alexander 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.