Elspeth or Kirsty

(49 Posts)
helens82 Sun 31-Mar-13 03:28:02

Expecting DC2 in four weeks and can't decide between Elspeth or Kirsty.

DS is Fraser and would like another Scottish name too much our Scottish surname

What what do you think?

Selks Sun 31-Mar-13 03:29:36

Elspeth. Love it.

Also love Eilidh.

AgnesBligg Sun 31-Mar-13 03:29:50

I prefer Elspeth I think. Nice.

HollyMadison Sun 31-Mar-13 08:00:28

I prefer Kirsty. I had a teacher called Elspeth once and I think she had problems with people thinking she had said "Elizabeth". My friends who are Kirsty get called Kirst. I guess if you wanted a nn for Elspeth you could have Ellie.

survivingwinter Sun 31-Mar-13 09:45:25

Elspeth - I think it's very pretty.

Don't like Kirsty at all, sorry.

Not keen on either TBH - prefer lots of other Scottish girls names.

sweetiepie1979 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:00:26

Kirsty is the new Sharon Elspeth is lovely.

GetOeuf Sun 31-Mar-13 10:05:12

Kirsty is a horrible name to lumber someone with (my name is Kirsty and I loathe it). Plus people call me Kirst all the time and it rhymes with cursed which isn't very jolly.

It Is a modern equivalent of Sharon I think.

Elspeth on the other hand is really lovely.

Cristiane Sun 31-Mar-13 10:07:20


gerbilsarefun Sun 31-Mar-13 10:29:53

Oh dear shock, I have a Kirsty who is 11 now. It's not really a common name for her generation, I never need to put her full name on PE kit as she has always been the only one in the school. She was 2 days old and nameless, I found the name Kirsten in a name book, OH said no, then I said Kirsty and that was it, it suited her down to the ground. We love her name and so does she. Incidentally, her middle name is Elizabeth, I'm thinking Elspeth is the scottish version.

Allalonenow Sun 31-Mar-13 10:32:28

Elspeth is lovely!

i am an old kirsty and it was very unusual then, v popular now though.

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 31-Mar-13 10:36:34

Another Vote for Elspeth

RatPants Sun 31-Mar-13 10:37:36

I'm another old Kirsty and have always really liked my name. Didn't realise it was popular now. Also really like Elspeth though <no help> grin.

RatPants Sun 31-Mar-13 10:39:33

Gerbils I have exactly the same name as your daughter. grin

Was always the only one in my glass too.

littleacceb Sun 31-Mar-13 15:59:58

Elspeth! That would be my first choice if I didn't appear to be a producer of males only :D

Startail Sun 31-Mar-13 16:07:24

Elsapeth, Kirsty was the Courtney of my childhood.

I'm guessing it doesn't have quite that association in Scotland rather than '70's Wales, but Elsapeth is much prettier.

mathanxiety Sun 31-Mar-13 19:07:57

Both lovely but I think I prefer Elsa or Kirsten.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 31-Mar-13 19:11:39

Elspeth. Gorgeous name. Kirsty...nice but meh.

KristinaM Sun 31-Mar-13 19:24:48

Both lovely. And have no Sharon associations in Scotland anyway

Other suggestions - Morven , Iona, Mhairi, Catriona, Moran, Isla

Eilidh is a lovely names but very popular right now

KristinaM Sun 31-Mar-13 19:25:35

Sorry that should be Morag not Moran.Blardy autocorrect

hugoagogo Sun 31-Mar-13 19:27:43

I really like them both, I love scottish names, but I don't know many Kirstys.

I wonder where it has become so popular as it doesn't appear in the top 100. confused

Elspeth lovely
Kirsty a bit meh.

I know an elspeth nn Elsie, which is cute, but she still has a grown up name for when she gets her Nobel prize!

haveapear Sun 31-Mar-13 19:36:44

Dd2 is aged 7 is Elspeth, though known as Elsie. Lovely name but I am biased smile

Haveapear hmm where are you??? smile

haveapear Sun 31-Mar-13 22:56:12

Isle Of Wight smile

DefiniteMaybe Sun 31-Mar-13 22:57:47

Noooooooooooooooooooo not Kirsty its awful. disclaimer: my name is Kirsty and I hate it

I do not know you then! grin I know another 7yo elspeth/Elsie!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 31-Mar-13 23:09:32

I like being a Kirstie. Well I did before I came on MN and discovered I'm a chav, a Sharon, a Courtney etc.

KristinaM Mon 01-Apr-13 09:40:47

I give you Kristy Wark and Kirsty Young

Both highly intelligent , educated ,beautiful and successful business women

gerbilsarefun Mon 01-Apr-13 09:48:02

I still can't see what is wrong with the name Kirsty confused. I really like that it's not popular for my dd's generation, although nothing wrong with popular names, my dd1 has a top ten name from the year she was born. KenDodd don't worry, I don't think your name is chavvy/common smile. We chose to call dd Kirsty as when she was born she was only little (6lb15) and we needed a short, cute name, I stand by my decision <slinks off>.

shockers Mon 01-Apr-13 10:05:42

Kirsty was popular in DS1's class, he's 26 now. I work in primary and there's one Kirsty in the whole school, she has a brother with a 1970's name, so her parents obviously favour names that were popular when they were children. I wouldn't say it was a name that was at all common these days though.

tartankirsty Mon 01-Apr-13 13:58:35

So, I am called Kirsty and my little brother is called Fraser and I think they go really well together. Totally disagree that Kirsty is the new Sharon - Kirsty Young, Kirstie Allsopp - hardly peope I'd correlate with the same connotations that Sharon derives!

Zamboni Mon 01-Apr-13 14:37:12

Kirsty is lovely. Not so keen on Elspeth. Think it was the name of a character in a book who wasn't very nice, and the association has stuck a bit. Plus I have a good friend called Kirsty who is very lovely indeed.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 03-Apr-13 08:16:04


In my head Kirsty is very 80's name. Think it had a surge in popularity in that decade where I grew up.

Pixieonthemoor Wed 03-Apr-13 09:19:34

When I was younger, I hated my name (still do really) and there was a lovely series on TV called The Flame Trees of Thika (?sp). The girl in it was called Elspeth and I was desperate to be called that instead. I think it's lovely.

thermalsinapril Thu 04-Apr-13 21:19:54


TwllBach Thu 04-Apr-13 21:23:38

I prefer Elspeth, but I prefer ElsBeth to ElsPeth and then you have the option of using Beth as a nn too grin

olivertheoctopus Thu 04-Apr-13 21:32:23


Bathsheba Thu 04-Apr-13 21:45:30

I think it depends where you are. I have a Kirsty and nothing negative at all (and as a mispronounced Sharon I'd spot it). I'm in Scotland and here it's pretty much timeless.

spottyparrot Thu 04-Apr-13 21:51:55

Kirsty is a nice name.

I've never met or known of anyone called Elspeth. I think it looks odd written down - like it should be Beth or something like that.

CheeseStrawWars Thu 04-Apr-13 21:56:00
mrstowers Thu 04-Apr-13 23:22:16

Elspeth is one of my all time favourite names. I know an awful lot of 20 somethings called Kirsty. I really dislike the name but I do know that it's strangely popular in Scotland.

blue22 Fri 05-Apr-13 09:54:37

Oh I love Kirsty - much prefer it to Elspeth.
What about Kirsten or Kristen?

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Fri 05-Apr-13 10:01:03

I prefer Kirsty myself!

weegiemum Fri 05-Apr-13 10:03:22

Both are lovely.

I am good friends with 3 Kirsties. They are all "officially" Kirsteen, which I think is even prettier!

FrillyMilly Fri 05-Apr-13 10:05:05

Kirsty is a very 70s/80s name. It's my name and I'm in my late 20s. I wouldn't say it's chavvy but it is a bit dated to give a child now. Although I don't like Elspeth either.

SirChenjin Fri 05-Apr-13 10:05:55

Kirsty is a bit Sharon, as someone up there said. Elspeth is nice.

nectarini1983 Fri 05-Apr-13 13:24:45

Really dont like Elspeth...sounds like someone talking with a lisp to me.

Kirsty is boring and dated.

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