What does Alister mean?
Alister /al-is-ter/ [3 sylls.] 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 20 more related forms via Alastair, Alexander, Alistair: Alaisdair, Alasdair, Alcander, Alcinder, Alcindor, Alec▲, Alek, Alex, Alexei, Alic, Alicio, Alick, Alik, Alisander, Alisdair, Alissander, Alix, Allie▼, Alysdair and Alysdare.Kreatif forms: Aister, Akister, Alisterai. [more]
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. Census)
Popular related forms of Alister (outside Top 1000) appearing in the Top 1000 are Alec (#469 a year ago), Alek, Alex (#128), Alexander (#8), Alistair and Allie. Usage of these boy names was at its peak in 1994 (usage of 0.4807%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3992%, down 17%), with the version Allie becoming less fashionable. Alec (#469) and Alexander (#8) are two of the more fashionable birth names in this list, and there is also a rekindling in birth name popularity for both names. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Alister and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Alsten. Like Alister, this name is not frequently used.