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Is Alasdair old fashioned?

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OwlOffshore Wed 17-Jun-15 19:39:29

Struggling with boys names here. DH keen on Alasdair but is it a bit old fashioned rather than classic?

We are in Scotland if that helps!

CaTsMaMmA Wed 17-Jun-15 19:43:17

not Farquhar, or Finlay then? Or Crawford?

you probably never heard the Billy Connolly skit about Alasdair.... D-a-i-r

Rivercam Wed 17-Jun-15 19:47:43

Old fashioned names are fashionable!

A few years ago, I would have considered names such as Harry, George, Albert, etc were considered old fashioned, and now they are everywhere.

If you like the name, use it!

Highlandbird Wed 17-Jun-15 19:49:22

No it's a classic, I know a few of all different ages, including two babies.

JasperDamerel Wed 17-Jun-15 19:50:25

I know two under five at the moment.

GoofyIsACow Wed 17-Jun-15 19:51:18

I know two, 6&4

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 17-Jun-15 19:52:23

It looks old fashioned with that spelling, somehow.

I prefer Alistair.

Purplehonesty Wed 17-Jun-15 19:53:05

I like it, it's my dad's name and I wanted to name ds after him but Dh didn't like it.
Nn can be ally/Ali

KittyBennett Wed 17-Jun-15 19:55:33

I prefer Alastair

Cloggal Wed 17-Jun-15 20:01:45

Beautiful, and I approve of the correct Gaelic spelling wink

I would have this on my list for any DS2, near the top.

OwlOffshore Wed 17-Jun-15 20:21:27

I think we'd definitely go with that spelling. It's how we say it!

No, I don't know that sketch CaTsMaMmA (cannot stand Billy Connolly - all that swearing ! blush)

TheFallenMadonna Wed 17-Jun-15 20:23:19

I love it! DD would have been Alastair had she been a boy. Alasdair is just as fab.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 17-Jun-15 20:27:51

So would you say Al-as-dare?

I don't like that. It sounds clumsy.

Would you pronounce Alistair or Alastair differently?

SantanaLopez Wed 17-Jun-15 20:28:20

Mega popular with little boys in my neck of the woods, definitely not old fashioned.

InAndOfMyself Wed 17-Jun-15 20:30:26

I don't know why but I've always found it to be such a pretentious name.

OwlOffshore Wed 17-Jun-15 20:30:36

Yes, I think the d sound is slightly softer than the t sound. And "Alis" is different to "Alas"...

Passmethecrisps Wed 17-Jun-15 20:31:19

I love it. I would have loved this as a boy's name had it not already been used by another family member.

I would pronounce it alass-dair

Greenteandchives Wed 17-Jun-15 20:31:46

I have an Alasdair. He says he doesn't like it. sad

Newbrummie Wed 17-Jun-15 20:31:54

I've only ever met one, he was a prize pillock

Passmethecrisps Wed 17-Jun-15 20:33:18

What about Alexander as well?

Cloggal Wed 17-Jun-15 20:33:49

There is a difference - between Gaelic 'd' in this case and English 't' - but it is so slight that it basically sounds the same in most accents and to most ears through. So 'Al-is-der/ter' with stress on first syllable. (I know many Gaelic speakers who would pronounce the final R close to TH, but that's a whole other thing grin )

WindMeUpAndLetMeGo Wed 17-Jun-15 20:34:01

Have a nephew called Alasdair, lovely Scottish name.

Cloggal Wed 17-Jun-15 20:34:58

Aww greentea it's a lovely name, he will thank you in the end smile

Greenteandchives Wed 17-Jun-15 20:37:47

I agree Cloggal smile

BagsyThisName Wed 17-Jun-15 20:47:28

Lovely name, looks and sounds right with that spelling

I know a fab one.

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