Popular Scottish Names for Girls and Boys

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Are you looking for Scottish first names for boys and girls? In our first name database you will find many popular children’s names from the Scottish language. Scottish Gaelic belongs to the Indo-European language family and developed from Celtic. While all Scots also speak Scottish English (English with a Scottish accent), Scottish Gaelic is only spoken, written and understood in certain parts of the country.

Sometimes place names and street signs are even written in Gaelic, e.g. B. in the west of the country, on the Hebrides, but also in Glasgow. Typical Scottish children’s names are Shona (Scottish form of Johanna), Arran (name of a Scottish island) or Mackenzie (Scottish family name). Sean is also known (through the Scottish actor Sean Connery), but this version of John / Johannes comes from Irish Gaelic, which is related to Scottish Gaelic.

Click on the Scottish baby name that interests you and you will be redirected to the details page with more information on origin, meaning, name days, nicknames, celebrities and stars with the same first name.

Aileen
Origin: Scottish, Irish
Meaning: Light, from the green meadow
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aila, Aileana, Ailein, Aileene, Eileen, Helen, Leena, Lina

Ailsa
Origin: Viking, Scottish
Meaning: Supernatural victory
Famous Namesakes: Ailsa Piper, Australian TV star
Peak Popularity: Ailsa is not a popular baby name. In fact, there were only six girls named Ailsa in 2019.

Annabel
Origin: Scottish, Latin
Meaning: Beautiful, graceful
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Annabelle, Anna, Belle
Famous Namesakes: Annabel Daou, an artist from Beirut
Peak Popularity: Annabel experienced a peak in the 2010s.

Ansley
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Clearing with a small dwelling
Famous Namesakes: Ansley Cargill, a U.S. tennis player
Peak Popularity: Ansley has seen a recent peak in popularity, which began in 2011.
Blair

Origin: Scottish, Celtic
Meaning: Battlefield
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaire, Blare
Famous Namesakes: Blair Chenoweth, U.S. beauty queen
Peak Popularity: Blair saw a peak in popularity in the 1980s.

Bonnie
Origin: Scottish,
Meaning: Charming, beautiful, good
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bonny, Bonny-Lee
Famous Namesakes: Bonnie Wright, a British actress; Bonnie Rideout, an award-winning Scottish fiddler
Peak Popularity: Bonnie was particularly popular in the 1940s through 1960s.

Catriona
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Pure
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cat, Kat, Katherina, Kathryn, Katerina, Katherine
Famous Namesakes: Catriona Morison, a Scottish opera singer; Catriona MacInnes, a Scottish film-maker
Peak Popularity: Catriona hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 21 girls were given this name.

Cameron
Origin: Scottish, Celtic
Meaning: Crooked nose
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cammie, Cammy, Camryn
Famous Namesakes: Cameron Diaz, a U.S. actress; Cameron Crowe, a U.S. screenwriter and director
Peak Popularity: Cameron (as a girl’s name) saw a peak popularity in the 1990s and 2000s.

Davina
Origin: Scottish, Hebrew
Meaning: Small deer
Famous Namesakes: Davina McCall, an English TV host
Peak Popularity: This girl’s name has long been popular in Scotland, but in the 2000s it re-entered the U.S. top 1000 list of baby names in 2016.

Drew
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Brave
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Andrew
Famous Namesakes: Drew Barrymore, U.S. actress
Peak Popularity: Davina saw a very small peak in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s.

Elsbeth
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: God is bountiful
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elizabeth, Lisabeth, Elsa, Elisabeth, Liz, Liza, Eliza, Lizbet, Elsie
Famous Namesakes: Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II, Queens of England

Fiona
Origin: Gaelic, Irish, Scottish
Meaning: Feminine, fair
Famous Namesakes: Fiona Apple, U.S. singer; Julia Fiona Roberts, U.S. actress
Peak Popularity: This girl’s name hit the U.S. popularity list in the 1990s.


Isla
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Dynamic, vibrant, bright
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Islay, Aisla
Famous Namesakes: Isla Fischer, U.S. actress
Peak Popularity: Isla is currently peaking in popularity. In 2019, over 4000 girls were given this name.

Jaime
Origin: Scottish, Hebrew
Meaning: May God protect
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jamie, Jami, Jaymie, James
Famous Namesakes: Jamie Lee Curtis, U.S. actress; Jamie Lynn Spears, U.S. singer
Peak Popularity: The name Jamie peaked in the 1970s.
Fun Fact: This name is the feminized version of James.

Kenna
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Born of fire
Famous Namesakes: Kenna Zemedkun, U.S. musician
Peak Popularity: Kenna saw a small peak in popularity in the 2010s.

Lainey
Origin: Scottish, English, French
Meaning: Shining light
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Laney, Lainie, Elaine
Famous Namesakes: Lainey Keogh, Irish fashion designer

Leana
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: Grace, favor
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Liana, Leeanna, Leann, Juliana
Peak Popularity: Leana hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 72 girls were given this name.


Lorna
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: Honor, victory
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Loren, Lorne
Famous Namesakes: Lorna Anderson, Scottish soprano; Lorna Hill, British children’s author
Peak Popularity: Lorna was particularly popular in the 1930s through 1960s.

Maisie
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Pearl
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mazie, Margaret
Famous Namesakes: Maisie Williams, English actress
Peak Popularity: Maisie is currently peaking slightly in popularity. In 2019, approximately 1000 girls were given this name.

Makenna
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Child of the handsome one
Alternative Spellings & Variations: McKenna, Mac
Peak Popularity: Makenna experienced a small peak in popularity in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. In 2019, about 800 girls were give then name.

Nessa
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: From the headland
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ness, Vanessa
Famous Namesakes: Nessa Diab, U.S. TV host
Peak Popularity: Nessa hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 42 girls were given this name.

Paisley
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Church
Peak Popularity: Paisley is currently peaking in popularity. In 2019, over 4000 girls were given this name.

Sima
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Listener, face
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Seema
Peak Popularity: Sima hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 55 girls were given this name.

Senga
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Pure, chaste
Peak Popularity: Senga hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, fewer than five girls were given this name.
Fun Fact: Senga is the name “Agnes” spelled backwards.

Skye
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Adventurous, bold
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sky
Famous Namesakes: Skye Edwards, English singer
Peak Popularity: The name Skye saw a small peak in popularity in the 1980s through now.

Popular Scottish Baby Names For Boys

Below you’ll find 25 unique Scottish baby names for boys along with their meanings, origins, and a few fun facts.

Abhainn
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: River
Peak Popularity: Abhainn hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, fewer than five boys were given this name.

Alastair
Origin: Scottish, Gaelic
Meaning: Defender
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alistaire, Allister, Alasdair
Famous Namesakes: Alistair Cooke, a British-born American writer
Peak Popularity: Alastair hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 62 boys were given this name.

Blane
Origin: Scottish, Celtic
Meaning: Slender
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaine
Famous Namesakes: Blaine Larsen, U.S. country singer
Peak Popularity: Blaine saw a very small peak in popularity in the 1950s and ’60s. In 2019, only 25 babies were given this name.

Blake
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: Dark-haired
Famous Namesakes: Blake Shelton, U.S. country singer
Peak Popularity: Blake saw a surge in popularity in the 1980s through 2010s.

Brodric
Origin: Scottish, Scandinavian
Meaning: Brother
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Broderick, Brodie
Peak Popularity: Alastair hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, fewer than five boys were given this name.

Camden
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: From the winding valley
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cammie, Cam
Famous Namesakes: Camden Garcia, U.S. actor
Peak Popularity: Camden is currently peaking in popularity. In 2019, roughly 2500 baby boys were given this name.

Clyde

Origin: Scottish
Meaning: River
Famous Namesakes: Clyde McPhatter, U.S. R&B singer
Peak Popularity: Clyde was particularly popular in the 1910s through ’50s.
Fun Fact: This name refers to a Scotland river, the River Clyde, which flows through Glasgow.

Craig
Origin: Scottish, Irish, Welsh
Meaning: Rock
Famous Namesakes: Craig Robinson, U.S. actor; Craig Ferguson, Scottish T.V. host
Peak Popularity: Craig saw a peak in popularity in the 1950s through ’80s.
Fun Fact: This name is derived from the Gaelic word “creag” or “crag,” which is a group of rocks.

Creighton
Origin: English, Scottish
Meaning: Rocky place, hilltop
Peak Popularity: Creighton hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 31 boys were given this name.

Dallas
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: Meadow
Famous Namesakes: Dallas Clark, U.S. football player
Peak Popularity: Dallas saw a peak in popularity in the 1990s with approximately 1300 boys given the name in 1995.
Fun Fact: Dallas isn’t just a big city in Texas; it’s the name of a small village in Scotland, too.

Duncan
Origin: Scottish, Gaelic, Celtic
Meaning: Warrior
Famous Namesakes: Duncan Hines, U.S. entrepreneur known for his confections
Peak Popularity: Duncan saw a small peak in popularity in the 1990s. In 1997, 644 boys were given the name.
Fun Fact: Duncan is a royal Scotsman—King Duncan, who was killed by a man named Macbeth. The story was told by Shakespeare in one of his dramatic plays.

Fraser
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Of the forest men
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Frasier, Frazier
Peak Popularity: Creighton hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only five boys were given this name.
Fun Fact: Fraser is also the name of a Scottish clan from the country’s lowlands.

Gaven
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: White hawk
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gavin, Gavyn
Famous Namesakes: Gavin Rossdale, English singer
Peak Popularity: Gaven saw a small peak in popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Kendrew
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Manly, brave
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ken, Drew, Dru, Andrew
Peak Popularity: Kendrew hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, fewer than five boys were given this name.

Kenneth
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Handsome
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Coinneach, Kenny, Ken
Famous Namesakes: Kenneth Edmonds “Babyface”, U.S. singer; Kenneth Ham, astronaut
Peak Popularity: Kenneth saw a large peak in popularity in the 1930s through the 1980s. In 1957, over 28,000 boys were given this name. It remains somewhat popular but certainly less so. In 2019, 1600 boys were given the name.

Keith
Origin: Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Meaning: Forest
Famous Namesakes: Keith Richards, English singer; Keith Carradine, U.S. actor
Peak Popularity: Keith saw a peak in popularity in the 1950s through the 1970s. In 1957, roughly 12,500 boys were given the name.

Lachlan
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Land of lakes
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lakeland, Laochailan, Lake
Famous Namesakes: Lachlan Macquarie, British Army officer from Scotland
Peak Popularity: Lachlan is experiencing a very small peak in popurity. In 2019, about 400 boys were given this name.

Malcolm
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: A disciple of Saint Columb
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Malcom
Famous Namesakes: Malcolm Gladwell, English author and journalist; Malcolm X, U.S. minister and activist
Peak Popularity: Malcolm saw a peak in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1992, approximately 1500 boys were given this name.

Morrison
Origin: English, Scottish
Meaning: Son of Mary’s servant
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maury
Peak Popularity: Morrison hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 61 boys were given this name.

Murdock
Origin: Celtic, Scottish
Meaning: Protector of the sea
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Murdoch
Peak Popularity: Murdock hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only seven boys were given this name.

Neil
Origin: Scottish, Gaelic
Meaning: Champion, cloud
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Niall, Neill, Neal
Famous Namesakes: Neil Armstrong, astronaut; Neil Young, U.S. musician; Neil deGrasse Tyson, U.S. astrophysicist; Neil Diamond, U.S. singer-songwriter
Peak Popularity: Neil experienced a small peak in popularity in the 1940s through the 1980s. In 1954, roughly 2000 boys were given this name.

Rory
Origin: Scottish, Irish
Meaning: Red king
Famous Namesakes: Rory Kennedy, U.S. filmmaker and daughter of JFK
Peak Popularity: Rory has experienced a small and steady peak since the 1950s. In 2019, 921 boys were given the name.

Scott
Origin: Scottish, English
Meaning: From Scotland, wanderer
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Scotty, Scot
Famous Namesakes: Scott Weiland, U.S. musician
Peak Popularity: Scott saw a large peak in popularity in the 1950s through the 1970s. In 1971, over 30,000 boys were given the name.

Stewart
Origin: English, Scottish
Meaning: Steward, castle guard
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Stuart, Stu
Famous Namesakes: Stewart Copeland, U.S. drummer
Peak Popularity: Stewart saw a small peak in popularity in the 1940s through the 1960s. In 1956, about 650 boys were given the name.

Tavis
Origin: Scottish, Irish
Meaning: Twin
Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tavish
Famous Namesakes: Tavis Smiley, U.S. radio personality
Peak Popularity: Tavis hasn’t been a popular name. In 2019, only 10 boys were given this name.

Male Scottish names: Gaelic names and meanings


Alastair . This fantastic name is the Scottish form of Alexander (meaning “defender of humanity” in Greek). You could call him Al or Ali or even Ace!

Arran . A more unique way to pronounce Aaron, this geographically inspired name means ‘inhabitant of the island’.

Banner . Unusual, yes, but still cute and easily pronounced. It means “standard bearer”.

Bram . If you’re considering Abraham or Abram, don’t forget to put this in the mix. It means “bramble, bush”.

Caelan . You may not be able to guess it, but this name is the Scottish form of Nicholas (meaning “victorious people” in Greek tradition). You can also consider these spellings: Callen or Callan.

Clyde . If you are looking for a nice single syllable name, this might be for you. It is a river in Scotland.

Dallas . Reminds you of the city of Texas, right? Well, it is also a city in Scotland. The name means “valley of the water, resting place”.

Ewan . Similar to Evan or Ivan, but a little different. It is an English form of the Italian Eugenio, which means “born to the nobility” in the Greek tradition.

Graeme . Another short name of great impact. It is a form of Graham, which means “big house” in the English tradition.

Lennox . An excellent name meaning “with many elms”.

Mac . The name Max is super trendy these days. Maybe the Mac will take over too. It means “son”.

Malcolm . This name definitely has some swagger. It means “follower of St. Columba who Christianized northern Scotland”.

Kampbell . This name is a form of Campbell, meaning “crooked mouth”. Maybe Kam for short? So cute!

Keithen . The name Keith means “battle place” – it is obviously a strong and classic name. Keithen, another form, is just as strong.

Tavish. If Thomas (meaning “twin”) is a popular name in your family but you’re not completely convinced, perhaps this cute Scottish shape is more your style.

List of Scottish male names

Aonghas
Aon
Athol
Ath
Cailean
Colin
Cailean
Cameron
Cam
Campbell
Cam
Cinàed
Cinàed
Coinneach
Kenneth
Craig
Creag
Domhnall
Donald
Donal
Dumno
Dòmhnall
Donnchadh
Duncan
Donn
Cath
Dubhghlas
Douglas
Dubh
Glais
Dùghall
Dougal
Dùghlas
Duncan
Donn
Eachann
Eòghann
Ewan
Hugh
Owen
Fearchar
Farquar
Fionnalaigh
Finlay
Fionnghal
Fingal
Irving
Islay
Kentigern
Lennox
Levenach.
Lindsay
Logan
Malcolm
Mael
Monroe
Morven
Murchadh
Murdo
Murray
Niall
Neil
Reed
Ruairidh
Rory
Roderick
Derick
Scott

Another list of Scottish names for a baby

Aidan
Ailpein
Aindrea
Ainsley
Ainslie
Alan
Alasdair
Alastair
Alistair
Alister
Allan
Allen
Alpin
Amhlaidh
Angus
Aodh
Aodhan
Aonghas
Aonghus
Archibald
Archie
Artair
Aulay
Barclay
Beathan
Bhaltair
Bhàtair
Blair
Boyd
Bruce
Cailean
Cairbre
Callum
Calum
Cameron
Campbell
Carbrey
Carbry
Carson
Cináed
Coinneach
Colin
Conall
Cormag
Craig
Daibhidh
Daividh
Dand
Deòrsa
Dermid
Diarmad
Domhnall
Donald
Donnchadh
Dougal
Douglas
Dubhghall
Dubhghlas
Duff
Dugald
Duncan
Eachann
Eallair
Eanraig
Edan
Eideard
Ellar
Eoghan
Eoin
Erskine
Euan
Evander
Ewan
Ewen
Farquhar
Fearchar
Fearghas
Fergie
Fergus
Fife
Filib
Fingal
Fingall
Finlay
Finley
Fionnghall
Fionnlagh
Fionntán
Forbes
Frang
Fraser
Frazier
Fyfe
Garry
Gavin
Gilchrist
Gillespie
Gilroy
Glen
Glenn
Goraidh
Gordon
Graeme
Graham
Grahame
Grant
Greer
Gregor
Griogair
Gus
Hamish
Heck
Heckie
Iagan
Iain
Ian
Innes
Iomhar
Irvin
Irvine
Irving
Islay
Jamie
Jock
Jockie
Jocky
Keir
Keith
Kennedy
Kenneth
Kenny
Kentigern
Kerr
Kester
Labhrainn
Lachie
Lachlan
Lennox
Lenox
Lindsay
Lindsey
Lindsie
Linsey
Logan
Malcolm
Maoilios
Michael
Mikheil
Monroe
Moray
Muir
Muireadhach
Mungo
Munro
Munroe
Murchadh
Murdo
Murdoch
Murray
Naoise
Neacel
Neil
Niall
Nichol
Ninian
Niven
Óengus
Padraig
Pàl
Peadar
Pol
Rab
Rabbie
Raghnall
Raibeart
Ramsay
Ranald
Ranulf
Ranulph
Read
Reed
Reid
Ronald
Rorie
Rory
Ross
Roy
Ruairi
Ruairidh
Ruaraidh
Ruaridh
Sachairi
Sawney
Scot \ Scott
Scottie
Scotty
Seaghdh
SEOC
Seoras
Seòsaidh
Seumas
Sholto
Shug
Sìoltach
Somerled
Somhairle
Sorley
Steafan
Steaphan
Steenie
Stuart
Suibhne
Sweeney
Tadg
Tadhg
Tam
Tasgall
Taskill
Tearlach
Tomás
Torquil
Ualan
Uilleam
Wallace

Scottish first names: the underrated insider tip

The fact is: Ever since Sean Connery, the world has known that Scottish first names sound elegant and down-to-earth at the same time and leave a strong impression. Nobody needs to be afraid of Scots jokes in elementary school, because these names are much more timeless than the dusty joke books that made fun of the supposed stinginess. Take a look yourself at this selection of Scottish first names – you will be happy to see which real name treasures are hidden there.

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