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Which way would you spell Alistair?

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Cammy007 Wed 29-Jun-16 10:59:41

Alistair or Alastair? Would you pronounce these spellings differently?

LadyAntonella Wed 29-Jun-16 11:09:55

There are so many spellings! I used to think Alastair was the usual spelling but would now spell it Alistair as I know a little boy with that name. I remember asking his GD how it was spelt and he said "the normal way" hmm. There is Alasdair too I think. I'd pronounce them all the same as I pronounce a lot of my ts like ds anyway (Irish accent). It always comes out Alice-der!

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 29-Jun-16 11:21:46

Alistair would be my default!

Sophronia Wed 29-Jun-16 12:08:36

Alastair is my favourite spelling

Greenteandchives Wed 29-Jun-16 12:25:01

My lovely DS is Alasdair. not helping.

sleepyhead Wed 29-Jun-16 12:28:29

I think Alistair is the most commonly used spelling, but Alastair is closer to the gaelic origins (but still Anglicised, so it doesn't really matter).

I'd pronounce them, and also the original Alasdair spelling, the same way.

FiaMarrow Wed 29-Jun-16 12:37:41

I know an Alister.

Gummibaers Wed 29-Jun-16 14:58:51

That alone would put me off the name, actually. A lifetime of having to spell it out.....

I think I'd choose Alistair if I had to choose it.

nightandthelight Wed 29-Jun-16 16:05:05

I picked Alastair for my 5mo. A lot of people spell it Alistair but it's not the end of the world smile I just thought the Alastair spelling looked nicer. Would pronounce both the same.

Raines100 Wed 29-Jun-16 21:02:06

I spell it Alastair first like Alastair Mad Eye Moody from Harry Potter

FranKatzenjammer Wed 29-Jun-16 21:29:36


Sgoinneal Thu 30-Jun-16 06:26:55

Alasdair is the original spelling.
Alistair is the most used.

I'd use Alasdair myself.

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PontypandyPioneer Thu 30-Jun-16 06:46:38

I prefer Alistair. It's on our shortlist too!

Icecappedpinetrees Thu 30-Jun-16 06:47:35

Alasdair tbsmile

ThoraGruntwhistle Thu 30-Jun-16 08:02:50

I thought Moody was Alastor

Deux Thu 30-Jun-16 08:06:54


My dad is christened Alexander but called Alasdair. Family from the Hebrides.

Heatherbell1978 Thu 30-Jun-16 09:22:05

There are 4 spellings I think. My brother is Alistair (he's Scottish but that's the Anglo cersiob), my DS' middle name is Alasdair which is the Scottish version. They're pronounced differently slightly as well.

peggyundercrackers Thu 30-Jun-16 09:28:32

Alistair and Alasdair are pronounced differently, ive got friends who are called each spelling and they pronounce their names differently. the one called Alasdair pronounces the D instead of the T as in the other spelling.

nectarini1983 Thu 30-Jun-16 10:26:30

I wouldn't use a name with so many spelling options!

bluebloom Thu 30-Jun-16 10:29:07

Alister looks like A-lister to me. I like Alasdair best. Lovely name.

Gummibaers Thu 30-Jun-16 10:54:22

I would choose another name that has an obvious well recognised spelling. Otherwise he'll have a lifetime of correcting people.

florascotianew Thu 30-Jun-16 11:07:47

Alasdair is the Scottish equivalent of Alexander (as, for example, Seamas is for James).

As Sgoinneal said earlier in this thread, Alasdair is the original spelling. The pronounciation is here:

In some parts of Scotland where Gaelic is spoken, 't' and 'd' sound very similar - or, at least, not the same as they would in English south of the Border. Another example: the Scottish Gaelic for hospital is 'ospadal'.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Thu 30-Jun-16 11:12:33

and you have to say it like Billy Connolly.... al-us-DARE....d-a-i-r.......Alasdair

see the "has nobody got any fucking first names" skit.

DramaAlpaca Thu 30-Jun-16 11:15:07

It's one of those names where the more I look at it the more confused I get about which spelling looks right, and I end up thinking none of them do confused

That said, I really love the sound of the name.

If I was writing it down & didn't know how the person whose name it was spelled it, I think my instinct would be to go for Alistair.

If the person was Scottish I'd go for Alasdair.

I would pronounce all versions the same.

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