Alistair Meaning and Origin

The name Alistair is a boy’s name meaning “to defend man” and is of English origin. Altered spelling of Alasdair, the Scottish Gaelic form of Alexander ‘to defend man’. A variant of the name Alexander, which has Greek origins. It is derived from the Greek name “Alexandros,” meaning “defender of the people” or “protector.” Alistair is a popular name in Scotland and other English-speaking countries. Alistair is a relatively uncommon name but has gained popularity in English-speaking countries, especially in Scotland. It is often considered a sophisticated and distinguished name choice. Alistair has power, flair and is also grounded enough not to get them teased on the schoolyard. 

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  • Finley
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  • Malcolm
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  • Graham
  • Duncan
  • Eamon
  • Cormac


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