(42 Posts)
JohnTheJonathan Sat 12-Sep-20 22:26:27

Hello, one of mine and DW's favourite boys names is Alexander, along with all of the nicknames. However, because of its huge popularity I am rather put off of it so when thinking of other names I came up with Alastair as it has a similar kind of feel and sound to it as Alexander, but is slightly more unusual. Do people like it? Thank you

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florascotia2 Sat 12-Sep-20 22:31:07

They are the same name ( a nice name). Alasdair is the Scottish Gaelic version of Alexander. In England it's sometimes spelled Alastair with a 't', but the 'd' is correct in Gaelic.

DramaAlpaca Sat 12-Sep-20 22:32:09

I really like it.

PlateTectonics Sat 12-Sep-20 22:32:54

I love Alistair

Bouncingbelle Sat 12-Sep-20 22:34:25

It’s lovely, good for a boy and a man, timeless.

SpeedofaSloth Sat 12-Sep-20 22:37:48

Nice smile

Dogsgowoofwoof Sat 12-Sep-20 22:39:11

My nephew (2) is Alistair. It’s not to my taste but a perfectly reasonable name and suits him.


Moonflower12 Sat 12-Sep-20 22:52:26

I love itv

Moonflower12 Sat 12-Sep-20 22:52:41


raspberryshake Sat 12-Sep-20 22:56:34

My DH is Alistair. I love it, and all the other spellings too. He's also Al, Ali, Wee Al depending on who we're talking to. Our DS is <First Name> Alistair

Sunbird24 Sat 12-Sep-20 23:00:21

Like it OP

MissHoney85 Sat 12-Sep-20 23:06:20

I've only ever taught one Alastair in 9 years of primary school teaching so it's pretty rare. He was a lovely boy so I have nice associations! I like it, unusual without being wacky. If I ever have a boy he will have it as his middle name for family reasons.

Palavah Sat 12-Sep-20 23:08:57

I love it and prefer it to Alistair or (shudder) Alister.

weebarra Sat 12-Sep-20 23:12:50

I have an Alasdair. I only know a couple of others and one is my uncle.
He goes by Al and Ali mostly.

LadyGAgain Sat 12-Sep-20 23:16:02

Lovely but I'd choose Alexander.

ArtichokeAardvark Sat 12-Sep-20 23:16:17

I love Alastair and considered it for DS. Decided against it in the end as don't like either of the obvious shortenings (Al, Ali) but the full name is fab.

deadlegs Sat 12-Sep-20 23:17:39

I love it, but my DS is Alastair so I'm biased. We also toyed with Alexander before settling on the less common choice. He generally goes by Al, occasionally Ali/Ally.

The only thing to be aware of is the many different ways the name can be spelled, so as long as you can tolerate birthday cards with incorrect spelling you'll be fine. We've had many a chuckle over the different variations people come up with!

Timeforanotherusername Sat 12-Sep-20 23:20:47

It's a good Scottish name.

I actually really like the name Alexander. Alastair is cool too.

Timeforanotherusername Sat 12-Sep-20 23:21:52

I would say though that Alistair is the more common spelling. So you may have to spell out Alastair quite a lot.

Firebird83 Sat 12-Sep-20 23:22:23

It’s great. I like the Alastair spelling best.

ellentree Sat 12-Sep-20 23:59:39

It's ok, don't love it, don't hate it. However, I really love Alexander so I would go with that.

Tillygetsit Sun 13-Sep-20 00:19:40

I love it.

janetmendoza Sun 13-Sep-20 00:36:06

Alistair is great but I do prefer that spelling.

AlwaysLatte Sun 13-Sep-20 00:50:56

It was one of the top ones on our list, love it.

plinkplinkfizzer Sun 13-Sep-20 01:50:53

scottish tory name always has been .

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