Thanks Stella! I am glad to hear some positives about it. My aunty would be close to 70 now if she was alive and my grandparents were Scottish so I like the fact it's a Scottish name. My only hesitation was that I went to school with a few Alisons so I see it more as a 70s name (I was born in 1977) but I actually really like the name and she will be the only one in her class. My aunty died at the age of 46 from breast cancer and she was one of 5 girls (my Mum being one). My other aunty, Catherine, died 15 years later, also from breast cancer. We were a very close knit family so the 5 girls were always together. Hence the strong family link.
my 10 year old nephew is Andrew. my 7 year old is John William on his birth certificate but is always Johnny.. he is the only John or Johnny at his school and it is a lovely name and suits him. my husband wanted him to have a proper english mans name!
It's more the 60s/70s names I can't imagine - Barbara, Linda, Sharon, Gloria, Janet, Marion etc... And Trevor, Terry, Kevin etc!
Really? I think Gloria and Marian are lovely, and I can see the point of Barbara (can't use it though, my mum's name and she hates it, she'd never forgive me). I've seen Erica mentioned on here a fair bit too. Terry would be a great name for a little boy.
Marianne is lovely, Gloria is too different for me but I like it. Linda is pretty I think. Jane rather than Janet I like. Terry, not for me but then Iwouldn't pick Harry either. Barbara is the only absolute howler on that list.
On Andrew, by the way, I think its popularity goes back into the 70s. I am late 70s and there were always loads of Andrews at school. Someone I know who's American recently commented on how "everyone in England was called Andy."