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Gerrof Tue 16-Apr-13 21:59:04

I have just seen this on another thread, apparently this is the Irish version of Kirsty.

Not disputing this but have only ever seem Kirsty as a version of Christian. So it would be nice to think it has a Gaelic route.

I suppose I could google it but there are always name geniuseses on mumsnet baby names.

(My name is Kirsty btw, hence the interest)

Dadmaq Tue 16-Apr-13 22:03:04

It's a fantastic name. Wow!

pooka Tue 16-Apr-13 22:04:12

Apparently is pronounced KEEERs-tee.

Rather than KUURS-tee.

DOn't know the origin - obviously Ciorstaidh has gaelic background. But I don't know whether Kirsty and Ciorstaidh share a root.

pooka Tue 16-Apr-13 22:05:08

Puts me in mind of Jimmy Corkhill off Brookside saying Kirsty. grin

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Tue 16-Apr-13 22:07:05

Sorry but that's sounds completely made up. I'm Irish and have never heard of it.

If you like how 'Kirsty' sounds just go with that rather than a pseudo traditional Irish spelling of that sound.

(I could be wrong of course but I don't think that's in any published book of traditional Irish names)

Gerrof Tue 16-Apr-13 22:07:42

Lol at Jimmy Corkhill

It's a cool name. Better than crappy old Kirsty.

Gerrof Tue 16-Apr-13 22:08:34

No, no I am not intending to call a child that. Kirsty is my name, I was just wondering if thee was a Gaelic equivalent.

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Tue 16-Apr-13 22:09:35

Sorry just realised you're not looking to actually use this name for a baby, apologies for the confusion!

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Tue 16-Apr-13 22:11:43

Sorry, cross posted.

I doubt it has a gaelic equivalent. Though I will admit that whoever came up with it knows their Irish, as the spelling is spot on for how you would pronounce it like 'Kirsty', if it was an actual Irish word.

oscarwilde Tue 16-Apr-13 22:20:06

I've never ever seen this in Ireland. It might be a translation but its not used and imo not a pretty looking name.

Chaoscarriesonagain Tue 16-Apr-13 22:24:44

It's fairly common in Scotland as Gaelic for Kirsty

I like it, although where am from (western isles) it's a very traditional name.

Gerrof Tue 16-Apr-13 22:25:07

Oh well. Poor old Kirsty will just have to remain non jazzed up.

I wonder where the person who mentioned it on another thread today got it from.

Gerrof Tue 16-Apr-13 22:26:16

Ooh cross posts. Would it be Scottish Gaelic instead then? (Sorry for displaying complete ignorance here)

ThatsNotAKnifeThatsASpoon Tue 16-Apr-13 22:33:55

I did actually intend to say in previous posts that it might be scots gaelic rather than Irish! The spelling looks more like Irish to me though, is that the spelling in scots gaelic?

Have to agree with oscar, I think it looks a bit cumbersome.

MummyBurrows Tue 16-Apr-13 22:41:11

Looks to me like some leaned on their keyboard and pressed send lol.....looks like a completely made up name and if nobody had said I wouldn't of had a bloomin' clue how on earth it could possibly be a name let alone how to pronounce it or what it was supposed to be lol!

soontobeslendergirl Tue 16-Apr-13 23:40:29

it was me that posted it - it's gaelic probably scottish rather than Irish given that Kirsty is more commonly a Scottish name rather than Irish, but I find that with a lot of the Scots/Irish gaelic stuff the lines are not very clear.
I have a Ciar - we thought we were choosing the Scots gaelic spelling but it could very well be Irish - when we named my son there was not the big Internet community and resources to check with. btw I know that Keir has a completely different root - my OH liked Ciaran and I liked Keir so it was a compromise - plus we didn't think he would be little - which he isn't grin

I've come across a couple of Ciorstaidhs before.

soontobeslendergirl Tue 16-Apr-13 23:48:39

...and the reason I remembered the name was because Kirsty was one of our top choices for our boys if they had been girls - other choice was Mairi. So, when I came across people with the Gaelic spelling of the name we had liked it caught my eye. Not that we will be having any more and I think I'd be tempted to keep it simple - it's my OH that has the interesting spelling bug, not me. I did win when he wanted to spell Craig "Creag". We have an Irish surname that people presume is Scottish too.

Foundapound Tue 16-Apr-13 23:53:34

As Chaos says. 2 of my aunts are Ciorstaidh (though they'd always write in English as Chrissie) and we tend to call them Ciorstag (pr. Kirstack), but that's the diminutive form generally I think. We're from Western Isles too.

chickenfactory Wed 17-Apr-13 00:11:21

Have to agree its Scottish Gaelic, can't comment on the spelling but with the Kirsty's I know it's pronounced 'kirstack' as soon as they are north of Oban.

NatashaBee Wed 17-Apr-13 00:29:22

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KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 17-Apr-13 07:25:18

I'm going to change the spelling of my name to this. So I will not be an outcast with a chav K name on MN grin

thermalsinapril Wed 17-Apr-13 09:27:18

Custard here too.

Gerrof Wed 17-Apr-13 11:47:06

Oh thank you for this - it's really interesting. I have always thought that Kirsty was a Scottish name anyway, so very interesting to see the gaelic influence. Not that I think that had any bearing on it, as far as I know my gran just plucked the name Kirsty from the TV Times when I was born. hmm

I am like Ken, going to change my name to Ciorstaidh, better than this ol' boring Kirsty name (and avoids the Kardashian chavvness grin)

Gerrof Wed 17-Apr-13 11:48:04

I read a very interesting thread on here ages ago which said that the name Mhairi is pronounced Vari when you are speaking to the person, but pronounced Mari at other times, which I think't fascinating (if I have got that right).

badtime Wed 17-Apr-13 11:59:30

Gerrof, not exactly.

The name is 'Mairi', (pronounced 'mari'). A Gaelic speaker, speaking to Mairi would address her as 'Mhairi' (pronounced 'vari'). Sort of.

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