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thepressureofaname Sat 21-Apr-18 15:41:47

We've found out that we are having a boy, so the debating of girl's names can finally end.
Hooray I thought, we still have a boy's name that we love from last time. But now I'm having a wobble.
Alistair- what are people's thoughts please?
I like that it's a well known name but not too popular. The various alternative spellings don't bother me.
If you have an Alistair, does he always get his full name, or do people shorten it to Al, Ali, Ally?
Does it sound ok as a brother for Clara?

AiryFairy1991 Sat 21-Apr-18 15:43:59

I like it. But every one I’ve ever met gets Ally (I also like that mind you but something for you to think about if you don’t like it).

JollyGiraffe Sat 21-Apr-18 15:45:26

I love Alasdair.

Top of my list but Not a fan of the nicknames...

Scottishgirl85 Sat 21-Apr-18 15:48:18

I like it but his school friends will shorten it

BringMeCoffeePlease Sat 21-Apr-18 17:30:27

It sounds good with Clara. I like that it’s not a popular name but it’s also a classic name. Although, I personally find it a bit pretentious and kind of posh try-hard (sorry). He’ll inevitably become Ali at school.

MarkleAndSpencer Sat 21-Apr-18 17:37:06

My friend has an Alistair. It's a nice name, he's Al and Ally interchangeably (age 5). Its nice and not too common!

Winchester13 Sat 21-Apr-18 17:40:23

I know an Alistair (23) and he gets called Ali.
I really like it

shirleyschmidt1 Sat 21-Apr-18 17:42:43

I know 3 - one does get Alastair, one gets Ali and the other Al.

bluebunnyblue Sat 21-Apr-18 17:43:41

We were going to name dd1 Alastair if she was a boy, for the same reasons as you OP. I would have been trying to make the nickname Al stick!

honeylou42 Sat 21-Apr-18 17:44:21

Love it smile

felicitythemangyfox Sat 21-Apr-18 17:57:01

BringMeCoffeePlease interesting that you say it's posh. I really like the name but my Scottish OH also thinks it's posh which I have never been able to understand. Do you mind saying (approximately) where you're from?

RoundaboutSnail Sat 21-Apr-18 19:06:14

I like it, with nickname Al.

EmmaC78 Sat 21-Apr-18 19:13:00

I like it too. The nn are fine as well.

Spanneroo Sat 21-Apr-18 19:30:11

My brother is called Alisdair and it's a great name...just beware of the 11 different spellings if you have an unusual surname. Ours goes by Ali for this reason.

Sophronia Sat 21-Apr-18 19:45:13

I like it. Prefer the Alastair spelling though.

AlasdairAlastairAlltheA Sat 21-Apr-18 19:55:36

I love all the Alistair names. Personally I like Alasdair best, never think of it as posh but it is a family name for us and our family is not posh.

I have one and he is called his full name by friends & family. I expect someone might shorten it when he is older, but currently nobody does and he is 6. I have known it shortened to Al, Ally and Sandy (a slightly random one there).

RedDwarves Sat 21-Apr-18 20:03:27

I love it.

Do prefer the spellings Alastair and Alasdair though.

spiderlight Sat 21-Apr-18 20:31:45

I know a fabulous Alistair. He's usually called by his full name as an adult but when he was very young he was universally known as Pally (which stemmed from his mum calling him Alistair Pallister as a nickname).

Buntysoven Sat 21-Apr-18 23:02:12

Great name.

chezmk1988 Sat 21-Apr-18 23:03:12

I quite like it and like the nickname Ali

thepressureofaname Sat 21-Apr-18 23:11:06

Ooh lovely comments, thanks.
The posh comment is interesting - we certainly aren't, and I don't think of it that way.
As for spellings, the 'd' versions are nice, but we're English, so the 't' versions feel more natural. Then the decision is for an 'i' or an 'a' - 'i' is more popular, so possibly less likely to get spelled incorrectly? Plus feels more natural to shorten to Ali.

Happymac1 Sat 21-Apr-18 23:14:46

Go for the Gaelic spelling Alasdair.....:-)

Thistles24 Sun 22-Apr-18 08:29:46

Love it!! Mine is 7 and nobody apart from me ever shortens his name. SO many different spellings for it- I'm a Gaelic speaker so went for Alasdair.

LoveInTokyo Sun 22-Apr-18 20:28:28

My brother’s godson is Alistair. The family isn’t posh at all. He’s a lovely little boy.

Yika Sun 22-Apr-18 20:31:57

I love the name Alistair, I know one (adult). He is always called Alistair by close family, some friends call him Al.

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