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Quick Facts on Alistair

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Defender of mankind

Characteristics of Alistair

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alistair

Alistair (Alasdair) is the Scottish form of Alexander. Alexander is the Latinized form of the ancient Greek name “Alexandros” (Αλεξανδρος), composed of the elements “alexein” meaning “to defend” and “andros” meaning “man, warrior” in the possessive and so specifically means: “defender of mankind”. The most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon in the 4th century B.C.; he was (and still is) considered the greatest military general of all time. Alexander the Great successfully defeated the Persian Empire in its entirety, expanding his empire east to India and south to Egypt, spreading and infusing Hellenistic culture far and wide. Even the later Roman military generals were known to be jealous of Alexander’s achievements. His “great” name was adopted throughout Europe in many different languages dating back to antiquity and perpetuating into medieval times thanks to the glorious legends recounted of this ancient Greek hero. Indeed, the 11th century Queen Margaret of Scotland was inspired enough to name one of her own sons Alexander; the little lad would later become King Alexander I of Scotland (1107-1124). Two more Scottish kings bearing this name would follow during the 13th century. The Medieval Gaelic form of Alexander was at first rendered as Alaxandair and later morphed into Alasdair in Modern Gaelic. Alistair is more or less the anglicized spelling, and still enjoys a fair amount of circulation in England.

Popularity of the Name Alistair

Oddly enough, Alistair is one of those names that has never been used in the United States with enough frequency to land a position on America’s Top 1000 list. It’s one of those names like Oliver, Simon, Gavin or Nigel – Alistair just feels oh-so-British. So why aren’t American parents using it? It’s tough to say. After all, Alexander is a Top 10 choice nationwide. But the Scottish sounding Alistair is actually quite rare (given to 125 baby boys in the year 2012 out of close to two million). Alexander was given to over 15,000! In fact, Alexander continues to be hugely popular name across the Western World – they even prefer Alexander to Alasdair in Scotland today. Still, Alistair and Alasdair are names to consider, especially for those with Scottish ancestry. The name is charming with just a small dose of British arrogance to keep us on our toes.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alistair
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alistair

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alistair

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alistair

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  • Popular Songs on Alistair

    Popular Songs on Alistair

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alistair

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alistair

    Alistair and Kip's Great Adventure! (John Segal) - When Alistair and Kip set out to sea, they quickly find themselves in deep water. Who will come to the rescue? Join them and have a whale of a time in John Segal's charming tale of adventure and friendship. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alistair in Outer Space (Matthew Sadler) - A Reading Rainbow Book. When Alistair is kidnapped by a spaceship full of Goots from Gootula, his main concern is for his overdue library books. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Alistair

    Famous People Named Alistair

    Famous People Named Alistair - Alister MacKenzie (golf course designer); Alistair MacLean (Scottish author); Alistair MacLeod (Scottish footballer/manager); Alistair Darling (British politician); Alistair Cooke (journalist); Alistair McGowan (English comic); Alistair Overeem (MMA artist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alistair

    Children of Famous People Named Alistair

    Famous People who Named Their Son Alistair - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alistair.

  • Historic Figures

    Alistair - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alistair - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alistair.

Personality of the Boy Name Alistair

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alistair

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