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Alistair, Ali, Al?

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birdofthenorth Sun 19-Jun-11 15:07:20

What do you think? It's my dad's middle name- not my favourite in the world but I do like it & it would mean a lot to my dad & also honour our Scottish routes. Am a bit surprised it is not in top 200 names- I know it's not v fashionable but it's still a good strong name, right?

birdofthenorth Sun 19-Jun-11 17:10:29

Scottish roots that would be, not routes!

everlong Sun 19-Jun-11 19:30:03

Yes it is a good strong name, a lovely name.

I know an 19 year Al, it really suits him.

birdofthenorth Sun 19-Jun-11 21:17:47

Thanks Everlong. I think it's growing on me increasingly.

Anymore nicknames other than the obvious Al or Ali, anyone?

everlong Sun 19-Jun-11 21:29:08

Infact I've just remember that I know another one who's 7, he gets Ali or full name. Don't know anymore nicknames though sorry.

prolificwillybreeder Sun 19-Jun-11 21:50:55

I really like Alistair. Great, strong name.
Annoyingly DP is harder to convince!

proudfoot Mon 20-Jun-11 03:31:15

I love it, considering it, personally just can't decide which way to spell it, Alistair or Alastair. Seem to be used about equally as far as I can see.

Also lovely if it is a family name for you.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Mon 20-Jun-11 03:36:50

Brilliant name. Disqualified for me due to knobhead ex, but I love it generally.

manicinsomniac Mon 20-Jun-11 09:34:06

I like it. Especially like Ali and, for that reason, I'd spell it Alistair.

I also teach an Alasdair which is pronounced pretty much identically.

katkitya Mon 20-Jun-11 09:36:56

I have always liked it. Spelt with and i. I dont think it needs to be shortened. The two I know have never had it shortened.

birdofthenorth Mon 20-Jun-11 10:54:48

Yes I actually had to get out my marriage certificate to double check which way it is spelt as Dad's middle name -who knew that archaic "Father's name" box would come in handy after all!

Glad it is spelt Alistair as it does lend itself a bit better to Ali as a nickname if he wants, but yes, I agree the full name is lovely for day to day use

birdofthenorth Mon 20-Jun-11 12:55:16

Someone in RL just suggested Star as a potential nn for Alistair -us that a bit tenuous?

MelinaM Mon 20-Jun-11 14:00:32

Lovely namesmile

BlueChampagne Mon 20-Jun-11 15:11:36

As it's the Scottish version of Alexander, you might get away with Sandy as a NN.

AandK Mon 20-Jun-11 23:40:56

My 6' 2" jamie oliver lookalike brother is called alistair we very rarely shorten it to Ali only usually when we're both drunk and he shortens mine haha Xx

BadRoly Mon 20-Jun-11 23:43:50

Not quite the same but my 8yo Alexander is known as Ally or Al and most assume he is an Alistair.

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