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What does Alister mean?

Alister /al-is-ter/ as a boys' name. Alister's root is Greek, and Alister means "man's defender, warrior". Alister is a variant form, with the suffix -er, of Alastair (Scottish, Greek): Scottish version of Alistair. Alister is also a variation of Alexander (Greek).


Alister has 20 variants: Alaistair, Alaister, Alasteir, Alaster, Alastor, Aleister, Alester, Alistaire, Alistar, Alistir, Allaistar, Allaster, Allastir, Allistair, Allister, Allistir, Allystair, Allyster, Alystair and Alyster.

Alister has 3 more related forms via Alastair, Alexander, Alistair: Alcinder, Alisander and Alisdair.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Aluister, Anister, ..

(female) Aliste, Alisteri, ..

How popular is Alister?

Alister is a rare given name for men. Alister 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.

Popular related forms of Alister (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Alexander (#8 a year ago) and Alistair (#1087). Adoption of these forms of Alister was at its peak in 1993 (adoption of 1%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.8%, down 22%). Alexander is the most fashionable birth name in this list. Displayed below is an analysis of the history of the boy name Alister and corresponding names. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Ailmer (see Aylmer), Alger, Alison, Alisson, Allger, Allmer, Allston, Alsten, Alstin, Alston, Altaer, Alten, Alter, Alvise, Amishar, Aristeo, Aristio, Aristo, Aristos, Asher, Asser, Atwater, Austen, Avishar, Buster, Caster, Chester, Christer, Coster, Dieter, Eliezer, Elisher, Fester, Fisher, Forster, Foster, Hollister, Kaiser, Kester, Krister, Lester, Mcalister, Minster, Nester, Oliver, Olivier, Pieter, Ritter, Slater, Vester, Webster, Whistler, Winter and Wister. These names tend to be more frequently used than Alister.