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What does Alter mean?

Alter Pronunciation of Alter as a boys' name is of Yiddish origin, and the meaning of Alter is "old". The Yiddish equivalent of Aldous.

ASSOCIATED WITH Al-, -ter, old


OTHER FORMS VIA ALDOUS Al, Aldis, Aldo, Aldon, Aldus, Alldo

(male) Anter, ..

(female) Alte, ..

Alter Lian (A.L.), ..

How popular is Alter?

Alter is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#8176 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Alter (NOT RANKED) are Aldo (#617 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Aldon and Al. Adoption of these relations of Alter was common among parents 13 years ago (MEDIAN #1469) and is somewhat less today (#1539, 29%). Aldo is more widely used than the rest, while Al has become less popular. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Al, Aldo, Aldon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alter and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alter is alike in pronunciation to Alltair, Altaer, Altair, Altayr and Walter. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Abeer, Abner, Acer, Adler, Ailmer (see Aylmer), Alair, Alaster, Alben, Albern, Albert, Alden, Alec, Aled, Alek, Alem, Alen, Alester, Alex, Alfeo, Alfey, Algar, Alger, Algey, Alister, Allen, Allerd (see Ellard), Allex, Alley, Allger, Allmer, Alsten, Alta, Alten, Alto, Alton, Altus, Alvar, Alven, Alvern, Alvert, Alyster, Ameer, Amer, Ammer, Ander, Anker, Anteo, Antero, Arte, Arther, Artor, Artur, Asher, Asser, Atef, Avner, Aylmer, Aymer, Colter, Elber, Elder, Elger, Elmer, Peter, Slater, Ulmer and Valter. These names tend to be more commonly used than Alter.

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