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Gender: Male Meaning of Alasdair: "defending men" Origin of Alasdair: Scottish variation of Alexander

The name Alasdair is a boy's name of Scottish, Scottish Gaelic origin meaning "defending men". Alasdair and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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In this country, more recognizable with the Alistair spelling.

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Famous People Named Alasdair

Alasdair Óg Mac Domhnaill, Lord of Islay and chief of Clann Domhnaill
Alasdair Roberts, Scottish folk musician
Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre, Scottish philosopher
Alasdair Gray, Scottish novelist
Alasdair Mac Colla, soldier in Scottish folklore
Alasdair David Gordon Milne, Scottish former Director-General of the BBC
Alasdair Strokosch, Scottish rugby union player
Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair, Scottish poet
Alasdair Gillis, Canadian actor (You Can't Do That on Television")

Pop Culture References for the name Alasdair

Alisdair, Alasdaire, Alasdare


Yessica Says:


Alas.. it has come to this final.. dair..
Fight me, I like Alistair better.

headintheclouds Says:


I love this spelling much better than Alistair/Alastair. The nickname Dare or Adair would be wonderful for this name.

Problem with Alasdair though: is it maybe too Scottish for a non-Scottish person to use? Though maybe Alistair/Alastair/Alasdair in general just sounds too "British/UK" to use for people not from there or with ancestry from there, I don't know. I really do like Alasdair though.

Bobcat108 Says:


I agree w/you...the spelling Alasdair looks more attractive to me as well. I read a book when I was a kid in which the protagonist's (Nora) husband was Alasdair, & his nn was Dair. I always thought that was cool.

Catastroffy Says:


I prefer this a bit to Alistair. It sounds friendlier and has some diminutive possibilities other than the impossible Alis and Stair.