Origin: Hebrew
58 famous people named Alter found on Wikipedia.
339 male, 18 female in US.
Most recent ranking: 8127-th in year 2018
Best ranking: 3282-th in year 1933
Used in: Yiddish


Alter is both a surname and a given name. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): distinguishing epithet for the older of two bearers of the same personal name.Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Alter, an inflected form of alt ‘old’. This was in part an omen name, expressing the parents’ hope that the child would live a long life; in part an apotropaic name, given to a child born after the death of a sibling, but also said to have sometimes been assumed by someone who was seriously ill. The purpose is supposed to have been to confuse the Angel of Death into thinking that the person was old and so not worth claiming as a victim.
Notable people with the name include:
Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866–1948), Hasidic rabbi
David Alter (1807–1881), American inventor
Dinsmore Alter (1888–1968), American astronomer and meteorologist
Harvey Alter, American virologist
Hobart Alter (1933–2014), American businessman
Israel Alter (also: Yisraʾel Alter, 1901–1979), Jewish composer and last chief cantor in Hanover, Germany
Jonathan Alter, American journalist
Karl Joseph Alter, American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
Louis Alter, American composer
Michael Alter, American businessman
Moshe Jacob Alter, Yiddish poet
Pinchas Menachem Alter, Hassidic rabbi
Robert Alter, Biblical scholar
Stephen Alter, American author
Simchah Bunim Alter, Hassidic rabbi
Tom Alter, Indian actor
Yaakov Aryeh Alter, Hassidic rabbi
Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Hassidic rabbi
Yisrael Alter, Hassidic rabbi
Yitzchak Meir Alter (c. 1798 – 1866), Hassidic rabbi
Given name:
Alter Kacyzne (1885–1941), Yiddish writer
Alter Tepliker (died 1919), Breslover Hasid and author

Late 14c., "to change (something), make different in some way," from Old French alterer "to change, alter," from Medieval Latin alterare "to change," from Latin alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE root *al- (1) "beyond" + comparative suffix -ter (as in other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s. Related: Altered; altering.

Means: old in Hebrew.

Famous People: 58 found on Wikipedia.
Popularity Name Birth Year Description
1 Tom Alter 1950 Indian actor
2 Jonathan Alter 1957 American journalist
3 Robert Alter 1935 American professor
4 Paul Alter 1922 American television director
5 Hobart Alter 1933 American businessman
6 Ariane Alter 1986 German television presenter
7 Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter 1847 Hasidic rabbi
8 Yaakov Aryeh Alter 1939 Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty
9 Stephen Alter 1956 Author
10 Avraham Mordechai Alter 1866 Third Gerrer Rebbe
11 David Alter 1807 Inventor and scientist
12 Louis Alter 1902 Pianist, songwriter and composer
13 Yitzchak Meir Alter 1799 Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty
14 Pinchas Menachem Alter 1926 Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty
15 Michael Alter American businessman
16 Daniel Alter 1959
17 Norbert Alter French sociologist
18 Simcha Bunim Alter 1898 Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty
19 Yisrael Alter 1895 Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty
20 Harvey J. Alter 1935 American medical researcher
21 Gary J. Alter American surgeon
22 Alter Mojze Goldman 1909 French resistance member
23 Karl Joseph Alter 1885 Catholic bishop
24 Joanne H. Alter 1927 Illinois politician
25 Victor Alter 1890 Jewish socialist activist and publicist
26 Alter Kacyzne 1885 Polish photographer and writer
27 Morry Alter American reporter and correspondent; television journalist
28 Dinsmore Alter 1888 American astronomer
29 Israel Alter 1901 Austrian-Hungarian Jewish cantor and composer, regarded as "the one Chasanim, the cantor of the cantors"
30 Alter Esselin 1889 Russian-Jewish American poet
31 Karen Alter 1965 Professor of Political Science and Law
32 Anna Alter 1949 French journalist
33 Myriam Alter 1945 Belgian woman composer
34 Linda Lee Alter 1939 Artist and art collector
35 George E. Alter 1868
36 Bill Alter 1944 American politician
37 Lori Alter 1945 American actor
38 Franciszek Alter 1889 Polish general
39 Adolf Alter 1876 German politician
40 Francis Karl Alter 1749 Austrian linguist
41 Chester M. Alter
42 Elisabeth Alter 1953 German politician
43 Martha Alter 1904 Composer
44 Kevin Alter
45 Alter Tepliker Ukrainian rabbi
46 Arie Alter 1961
47 Maurice Alter
48 Stephen G. Alter Historian
49 André Alter 1973 German association football player
50 Leon Alter 1880
51 Robert E. Alter 1925 American crime writer (1925-1965)
52 Peter Alter
53 Alter Drujanow 1870
54 Jeremy Alter American actor, film director and film producer
55 Hobart R. Alter American politician
56 Rudolf Alter 1839 Czech member of Czech council and attorney
57 Wilbur M. Alter
58 Sandra Alter 1972 German association football player