English spelling of Alasdair, Scottish version of Alexander
"defending men"

Alistair Origin and Meaning

The name Alistair is a boy's name of Scottish, Scottish Gaelic origin meaning "defending men".

With many British names invading the Yankee name pool, the sophisticated Alistair could and should be part of the next wave. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016. You have a triple choice with this name--the British spell it Alistair or Alastair, while the Scots prefer Alasdair--but they're all suave Gaelic versions of Alexander. Adopted by the lowland Scots by the seventeenth century, the name didn't become popular outside Scotland and Ireland until the twentieth century.

Both Andrew Lloyd-Weber and Rod Stewart chose the Alastair spelling for their sons' names.

# 920 in the US

Alistair Rank in US Top 1000

# 118 on Nameberry

Alistair Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Alistair Popularity

Famous People Named Alistair

  • Alfred "Alistair" CookeBritish,American journalist and TV presenter
  • Alistair Richard GriffinEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Alistair Cees OvereemDutch MMA fighter
  • Alistair MackayScottish polar explorer
  • Alistair Maclean DarlingBaron Darling of Roulanish, British MP
  • (Robert) Alistair McAlpineBaron McAlpine of West Green, British adviser to PM Margaret Thatcher
  • Alistair Edward BrownleeEnglish triathlete
  • Alistair MacLeodCanadian novelist
  • (James) Alistair TaylorEnglish assistant to the Beatles
  • Alistair Stuart MacLeanScottish novelist
  • Alexander Morrison "Alistair" CarmichaelScottish MP
  • Alistair Reid "Ally" MacLeodScottish footballer and manager
  • Alistair Murdoch "Ally" McCoistScottish footballer
  • Alistair Charles McGowanEnglish comedian
  • Alistair Stuart MacLeanScottish novelist
  • Alistair Douglas Ross CampbellZimbabwean cricketer
  • Alistair BeggAmerican radio evangelist
  • Alistair "Ali" Testobassist of British pop punk band As It Is

Alistair in Pop Culture

  • Alistair Smythe aka The Ultimate SpiderSlayer, villain in Spider,Man comics
  • Alistair Theirina character in the Dragon Age series
  • Alistair Leslie Graham aka Ali Gcharacter created by Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Alistair Cranecharacter on American soap Passions
  • "The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury" children's series
  • Alistair Gordon LethbridgeStewart, character on TV's Doctor Who
  • Alistair Ohcharacter in 'The 39 Clues'
  • Alistair Windsorcharacter in 'The Night Gardener'
  • Alistair Rylecharacter in The Riot Club
  • Alistair "Alex" Turnercharacter from the TV series 'London Spy'
  • Alastor "MadEye" Moody, character in the Harry Potter series
  • Alistair Pattoncharacter in 'Return to Snowy River'
  • Alastor the Radio Demoncharacter in 'Hazbin Hotel'