Ever heard of a website called Kirtsy? It’s been dubbed Digg for Chicks and always reminds me of another Demi-esque name from my youth: Kirsty. Like the name Demi, it’s a name I was more than familiar with as a child, knowing several, but there isn’t really much chatter about her in internet-land.
Why not? The name Kirsty is very much in line with popular nicknames Maisie, Lexie and even Lucy – very much so with the first name, Maisie, as both are Scottish in origin. Whilst Maisie comes from the name Mairead, Kirsty comes from Kirstin; the former is the Scottish form of Margaret, the latter, the Scottish form of Christina. One could sum it up quite simply as Kirsty is the 80s/90s version of Maisie – but that’s too broad a statement for my liking as Kirsty is still quite popular in Scotland, but more on that later.
I won’t lie, whilst I may be mostly impartial to the name Demi, despite also being one myself, I actually really like the name Kirsty; this may explain why I also really like Maisie. Yes, they’re both nicknames but hey ho, my stance on nicknames-as-formal-first-names is a fairly liberal one – if you love it, just go for it. There’s a good chance that if I were to ever be expecting a daughter I would put Kirsty on the table, because as a name, she truly rocks. But that’s just my opinion, feel free to have your own.
Like Demi, Kirsty was rather popular around my age group – in 1994 the name Kirsty was at #39; #42 in 1984; #62 in 1974 in England&Wales. These days – 2010 – the name is at #549 in England&Wales. I’ve had a quick check of some other name popularity lists regarding the name Kirsty and it’s rather interesting:
- Kirsty has not ranked in the Top 1000 for the past 100 years in the USA
- In 2010, 40 girls were given the name in the USA
- In 2009, 53 girls were given the name in Scotland – she ranked at #89
- In 2010, 36 girls were given the name in Scotland – leaving her just outside the Top 100
- In 2011, 22 girls were given the name in Scotland
- Not a single Kirsty was born in Tasmania, Australia in 2010 (link)
- Kirsty fell out of the Top 100 in N. Ireland in 2006
- Kirsty fell out of the Top 100 in Scotland in 2010