Kirstie Allsopp, from

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
Clearly, she has her hotspots and it seems to be my fair isle that has decided to embrace her most. That makes her a mostly modern British pick, if that’s what you looking for – and a good one if you’re looking for a quirky Scottish pick that isn’t too far out there, but also isn’t too widely used as Maisie is.
In terms of names similar to her, there’s not much to write home about. The name Christopher is fading for the boys at the moment – he dropped out of the Top 100 in 2010 and Christina is at #398 which still puts her ahead of Kirsty. It’s also worth noting at this point that her male equivalent – Kit – is enjoying somewhat of a revival amongst British parents (but not solely) at the moment, but then again he was never as popular as Kirsty was back in the early 90s.
One could also spell the name Kirstie, and people do: The Honorable Kirstie Allsopp is a television presenter here in the UK, but many of you may simply know her as being the mother to two sons named Bay Atlas and Oscar Hercules.
I could easily gush about the name Kirsty for ages, but it would quickly become dull for those not as interested in her as I am, but suffice to say, if you like Maisie then perhaps consider Kirsty.
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3 thoughts on “Kirsty

  1. Awkward Turtle

    Kirsty seems more mature than other nicknames, but it could be quite girlish too.


  2. Oh, I just realised I forgot to add Kirsty to the nickname list! *headslap* (adds her).

    Like Maisie, she doesn’t seem very “nicknamey” (hence I forgot her); and a sibset of Maisie and Kirsty would be very cute without being insubstantial.

    (Bay and Oscar! Love!)


  3. No there weren’t any Kirsty’s but there was a Kirsty-Lee


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