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Meaning and name origin

Alister \a-lis-ter, al(i)-ster\ as a boy's name is of Scottish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Alister is "man's defender". Alister is a variant of Alastair (Scottish, Greek): Scottish variant of Alistair, from Alexander.

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


Alister 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 a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alister 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

A suggested similar baby name is Alsten. Like Alister, this name is not commonly used.