First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Alister

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 2 people from California, U.S., the name Alister is of Celtic origin and means "It inspired me to be a good man and fight for justice".
  2. According to a user from Arizona, U.S., the name Alister is of Scottish origin and means "1. Protector of Men. 2. Defender of Men".
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From Old Irish Alaxander, from Latin Alexander, from Ancient Greek Ἀλέξανδρος (Aléxandros), from ἀλέξω (aléxō, “I defend”) + ἀνήρ (anḗr, “man”).

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Alexander.

Notable Persons Named Alister

Notable Persons Named Alister

Sir Alister C. Hardy

Sir Alister C. Hardy was a scientist in the field of marine biology. Alister was born on February 10th, 1896 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. He died on May 22nd, 1985.

Alister Murray Murdoch

Alister was born on December 9th, 1912 in Elsternwick, Victoria. Alister is also known as Air Marshal Sir Alister Murray Murdoch. He left this life on November 29th, 1984.

Alister Williamson

Alister was given the name Duncan Mcfarlane Williamson on June 17th, 1918 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He breathed his last breath on May 19th, 1999.

Alister Grierson

Alister was born in 1969.

Alister McDermott

Alister was born on July 7th, 1991 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Alister Smart

Alister was born in 1935.

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Fun Facts about the name Alister

  • How Popular is the name Alister? Alister is the 10,709th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Alister have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,028 babies born with the first name Alister in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alister to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alister? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1924 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Alister first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alister is Friday, May 23rd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Alister born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alister was in 2017 with a total of 110 babies.
  • Random Alister Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alister is not a popular baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Colorado have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Alister: The name spelled backwards is Retsila. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rtielas. How do you pronounce that?
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