Old Scottish Boys' Names - Angus or Kester?

(31 Posts)
amyjaney1984 Wed 25-Jun-14 21:11:29

Which of these old Scottish boys names is better - Angus or Kester?

betold Wed 25-Jun-14 21:18:27

I was really tempted to Angus for ds, little Gus! We bottled it in the end, it felt to "look at me" for me IYSWIM...

But if you wouldn't feel silly shouting it across the park then go for it grin

earlyriser Wed 25-Jun-14 21:18:28

Never heard of Kester, but I quite like it.Angus is fab grin

Leeds2 Wed 25-Jun-14 21:19:17

Prefer Angus.

earlyriser Wed 25-Jun-14 21:20:03

Also depends where you are. Angus is a totally normal, although not hugely common name in Scotland. Have never heard a boy called Kester.

weegiemum Wed 25-Jun-14 21:25:31

I know little Anguses from birth to 100, really like it.

Never heard of Kester?

Murdo, Calum, Malcolm, Logan, Lorn, Brodie, Struan, Gregor, Donald (Domhnall), Auley, Aidan (Aodhan), Seonaidh, Pol (all names at my dc's Gaelic speaking school).

Are you making up 'Kester' hmm

I'm auld and Scottish and I've never met a Kester grin

Bowlersarm Wed 25-Jun-14 21:28:35

Angus

Is Kester short for Christopher?

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 25-Jun-14 21:32:53

Angus

Kester makes me think of Kestrel.

silasramsbottom Wed 25-Jun-14 21:36:27

Kester makes me think Keister "buttocks". Angus is much better.

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 25-Jun-14 21:37:27

Love Angus, don't like Kester

Kantha Wed 25-Jun-14 21:40:23

I went to school with a Kester... in Gloucestershirewink. Didn't know it was Scottish.blush

I like both. I would consider Angus for myself, but DH said 'no'.

I love kester, its top of my list for the next one. My son is lachlan.

Knew a kid when I was very called kester, he was seriously cool, well cool for a 6 year old.

I like both but pick kester its cool, new and old at the same time, its just a great name

angeltreats Thu 26-Jun-14 11:35:25

Angus is a great name, I love it.

I work with a girl whose husband is called Hamish, I really like that too.

MrsMarigold Thu 26-Jun-14 11:38:08

Angus, ohh and I love Hamish.

squoosh Thu 26-Jun-14 11:45:59

I thought Kester was the old English version of Christopher?

SanityClause Thu 26-Jun-14 11:49:26

I've never heard of Kester, but it's quite nice.

^

<damns with faint praise>

I do like Angus a lot, though.

weatherall Thu 26-Jun-14 11:54:41

I've never heated of kester.

Tbh I'm not keen on all these old fashioned Scottish boys names that are trendy atm.

All the Angus, hamish, Harris, ruraidh (x million spellings) etc

They're all to captain Birdseye for me.

I prefer Kyle, Cairn, Ross, Scott, Lachlan, Kirk, James type names

squoosh Thu 26-Jun-14 11:57:21

The only reason I've heard of Kester is because in the Chalet School books Madge had twins called Kevin and Kester, I always thought Kester got the better end of the deal!

iseenodust Thu 26-Jun-14 12:00:38

I know one preschool Kester & have known a couple of men but no boys named Angus. I like either. Helpful. grin

weegiemum Thu 26-Jun-14 12:08:42

weatherall these names are all very common in Scotland and have been for years. My dd1 is 14 and her class is coming down with Lewis, Harris, Murdo, Murray, Angus, Scott, Andrew, etc....

weatherall Thu 26-Jun-14 12:10:52

Yes but SGG isn't typical of other schools grin

Legionofboom Thu 26-Jun-14 15:10:02

Angus is better - best boy's name ever grin

weegiemum that is one fabulous list of boy's names.

DramaAlpaca Thu 26-Jun-14 15:13:02

Angus has really grown on me, I love it.

Kester is interesting... I think I actually quite like it smile

florascotia Thu 26-Jun-14 15:30:40

I agree with Weegiemum. In the part of Scotland where I live - over 150 miles from Glasgow - I know men and boys named Lewis, Harris, Donald, Dougal, Callum, Angus, Duncan, Andrew, Niall, Kenneth, Allen, David/Davie, Alexander, Robert, Hugh, Malcom, Eoghan/Ewen, James, Scott, Gordon, Iain, Andrew, Campbell, Cameron, Alasdair, Archie, Innes, Colin, Seamus/Hamish, Tormod, Liam ... etc etc. All perfectly everyday names...

Oran is a bit of a newcomer, but gaining popularity fast. (Both old names, making a comeback.)

I've never met a Kester, in or out of Scotland. There was only 1 baby named Kester in the whole of Scotland in 2013: www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files2/stats/popular-forenames/2013/babiesnames-2013-t4.pdf, compared with 93 Christophers www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files2/stats/popular-forenames/2013/babiesnames-2013-t1.pdf

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