Gender: Male Origin of Alastair: English spelling of the Scottish Alasdair, the Gaelic form of of Alexander Meaning of Alasdair: Scottish variation of Alexander, "defending men"

Alastair Origin and Meaning

The name Alastair is a boy's name of Scottish origin.

To Americans, a quintessential British name, introduced to the U.S. public by suave journalist/PBS Masterpiece Theater host Alastair Cook. Sometimes used in the U.S. by parents with Scottish heritage.

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Pop Culture References for the name Alastair

Al, Alaster, Allystair, Alastaire, Allastaire, Alasdair, Allaster, Allistir, Alastar


morning_glory Says:


I like Altair - "falcon" - as a nn for this. Laz could be cool too.

pterodactylcries Says:


I like this name, but I always think of the demon from Supernatural so it's out for me.

euphemiadwarlock9 Says:


I adore "proper" sounding names and Alastair is one of my favourites! I don't have a preferable spelling. Alastair, Alistair, Alasdair...It doesn't matter to me.

cmcg79 Says:


Very handsome, one of my favorites. I much prefer the spelling Alastair over Alistair.

Guest Says:


Am I the only one who thinks of Lord Of The Rings when I see this name? Just the way I pronounce it in my head.

ShannonLim Says:


I love Alastair over Alistair! The spelling looks more appealing and I prefer the pronounciation too. I agree about the sophisticated part. Indeed it does look very regal.

madmaddie Says:


This spelling is my preferred one, just because it looks more sophisticated. Love, love the name! The same goes for Eleanor over Elinor.

chellemma1 Says:


Nearly every Alastair, Alistair, Alasdair I know goes by Ali.

Guest Says:


Stars, Ali, Allie/Ally, Lester

Ellimac55 Says:


I love this name. Any nicknames for it other than Al?

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theREALellendegenerusofficialw Says:


this is a really underrated name it should b like top 100 at least its really good

Sweekune Says:


A handsome name with Scottish undertones. I would love to use this name but alas OH has vetoed it.