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Every now and then we like to take a look at the most recent  British and Irish newspaper birth announcements, to see what parents in those countries are naming their babies at this particular moment in time. 

What we see right now in Ireland is a mix of old and revived Gaelic/Celtic names, classic Anglo names, nickname names similar to those popular in the UK, and more internationally trendy modern names.

The most widely used recorded Emerald Isle favorites of the last two months include Alice, Florence, Grace, Lily and Molly for girls; Henry, Hugo, Liam and Oscar for boys, as well as several varieties of Fin-starting  names. ( One trivia note—if you’re surprised by the unusual geographical middle name Abyssinia, you should know that little Luke was actually born in Ethiopia.)

And if you need some pronunciation help for one of the Gaelic names, you can hear the way many of these actually sound as recorded by the late Irish writer Frank McCourt on the website babynamesof Ireland.com

Here are some of the most interesting examples, with sibling names in parentheses.

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We’ve been keeping a pretty close watch on English and Irish birth announcements, but it’s been a while since we’ve checked out the Scottish.

Traditional Scottish names still prevail—for boys lots of Calums and Callums, Finlays, Camerons, Lewises and Murrays, along with Jacks, Gabriels, Charlies and Aarons.  For girls, Charlotte, Chloe, Eva, Leah and Lily seem to be particular favorites, as are increasing numbers of little Maisies and Daisys.  And nickname names continue to flourish for both boys and girls.

So here, from across the country—Arbroath to Berwick to Perth to the Isle of Lewis, are some of the more interesting names and combinations that have been announced in Scottish newspapers over the past two months, together with some of their sibs.

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ANONA CLARK

AURELIA ESME

BEATRICE MORVEN

CATRIONA MAY

COCO MAE (sister of LOUIS RAY and JESSE JAMES)

CONNIE ALEXA (sister of MORAY), CONNIE ANN MAY

CORIN AMELIE

CORINNE FAITH (sister of Cara, Kai, Cole and Kristin)

DAISY JASMINE

DEMIE ADA-JAYNE (sister of OLLIE EDWARD)

EDEN ROSE

EILIDH (pron AY-lee) LINDA, EILIDH MAIRI (sister of IAIN and FINLAY);  EILIDH MARGARETE

ELISHA MAE

ELLIE JANE

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