Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Alistair Cooke retires. Alistair Cooke is one of the few famous people I know of who have a name similar to my own. Of course, it is an alternative spelling, but I challenge anyone to find a name that has more alternative spellings than Alastair. These alternative spellings include:—
These are just a selection. Alastair comes from the Scots Gaelic form of Alexander. Another odd thing about my name: my cousin Alex was born one month after I was. Unbeknownst to my parents my uncle and aunt had independently chosen the name Alastair John for Alex. The name wasn't a name that ran in the family, nor was it a name of some acquaintance of the family (to my knowledge). As I was born first and named Alastair John, my cousin was named Alexander. Weird.
Alaster, Alastair, Aladair, Allister, Alastar, Alister, Alistaire, Alastaire, Alaisdair, Alistair, Alasdair, Alesdair, Alsandair, Alisdair, Allaster, Allistair, Allester, Allasdair, Aleister, Alastor, Allysdair, Alystair, Allastir, Allaistar, Allastair, Alista, Alaistair, Alasteir, Alaister