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What does Alister mean?

Alister Pronunciation of Alister [al-is-ter] as a boys' name has its root in Greek, and Alister means "man's defender, warrior". Alister is a variant form of Alastair (Scottish, Greek): Scottish version of Alistair. Alister is also a variation of Alexander (Greek).

Associated with: greek, defender, warrior.


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.

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

Creative forms:
(male) Akiter, Anister, ..

(female) Alislea, Aliste, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alister Eugene (A.E.), ..

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)

Alister was first listed in 2015 and reached its apex position of #1815 in the U.S. then. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Alister (#1815 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Alexander (#8 a year ago) and Alistair (#1031). Adoption of these forms of Alister was at its peak in 1993 (adoption of 1%) and is almost as widespread today (adoption 0.8%, down 26%). Alexander and Alistair are two of the more fashionable birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alister, 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.

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