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Gender: Male Meaning of Alistair: "defending men" Origin of Alistair: English spelling of Alasdair, Scottish version of Alexander Alistair's Popularity in 2017: #927

The name Alistair is a boy's name of Scottish, Scottish Gaelic origin meaning "defending men". Alistair is ranked #927 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like A+ Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (triplets -any gender)".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Alistair

Alfred "Alistair" Cooke, British-American journalist and TV presenter
Alistair Richard Griffin, English singer-songwriter
Alistair Cees Overeem, Dutch MMA fighter
Alistair Mackay, Scottish polar explorer
Alistair Maclean Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish, British MP
(Robert) Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green, British adviser to PM Margaret Thatcher
Alistair Edward Brownlee, English triathlete
Alistair MacLeod, Canadian novelist
(James) Alistair Taylor, English assistant to the Beatles
Alistair Stuart MacLean, Scottish novelist
Alexander Morrison "Alistair" Carmichael, Scottish MP
Alistair Reid "Ally" MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager
Alistair Murdoch "Ally" McCoist, Scottish footballer
Alistair Charles McGowan, English comedian
Alistair Stuart MacLean, Scottish novelist
Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell, Zimbabwean cricketer
Alistair Begg, American radio evangelist
Alistair "Ali" Testo, bassist of British pop punk band As It Is

Pop Culture References for the name Alistair

Alistair Smythe aka The Ultimate Spider-Slayer, villain in Spider-Man comics
Alistair Theirin, a character in the Dragon Age series
Alistair Leslie Graham aka Ali G, character created by Sacha Baron Cohen
Alistair Crane, character on American soap Passions
"The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury," children's series
Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, character on TV's Doctor Who
Alistair Oh, character in 'The 39 Clues'
Alistair Windsor, character in 'The Night Gardener'
Alistair Ryle, character in The Riot Club
Alistair "Alex" Turner, character from the TV series 'London Spy'
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, character in the Harry Potter series
Alistair Patton, character in 'Return to Snowy River'

Alisdair, Alister, Alastair