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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?

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

GlaikitHasHerFizzBack Sun 31-Mar-13 23:00:44

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

Elspeth the lisping bunny?

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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