What does Alister mean?
Alister \a-lis-ter, al(i)-ster\ as a boys' name. Alister's roots are Scottish and Greek, and Alister means "man's defender, warrior". Alister is a variant of Alastair (Scottish, Greek): Scottish variant 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.
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 (#unlisted) 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.