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Gender: M Meaning of Alistair: "defending men" Origin of Alistair: English spelling of Alasdair, Scottish version of Alexander Alistair's Popularity in 2016: #874

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.

Famous People Named Alistair

Alistair Cees Overeem, Dutch MMA fighter
Alistair Darling, English politician
Alistair Mackay, Scottish polar explorer
Alexander Morrison "Alistair" Carmichael, Scottish politician
(James) Alistair Taylor, English assistant to the Beatles
Alistair Cooke, British journalist, television personality and broadcaster
Alistair Stuart MacLean, Scottish novelist
Alistair Cook, English cricketer
Alistair Begg, American radio evangelist

Pop Culture References for the name Alistair

Alistair Smythe aka The Ultimate Spider-Slayer, villain in Spider-Man comics
The Grey Warden Alistair Theirin, a character in the Dragon Age series
"The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury," children's series
Alistair, demon on TV's "Supernatural"
Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, character from BBC's Doctor Who
Alistair Oh from the book series 'The 39 Clues'
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, from the Harry Potter series.
Alistair Windsor from the book 'The Night Gardener'
Alistair Ryle from The Riot Club
Alistair "Alex" Turner, character from the TV series 'London Spy'

Alisdair, Alister, Alastair