Scottish Baby Names

The Scots--originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland-- have a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in their baby names. This list includes both uniquely Scottish Gaelic baby names, and others that have been used in Scotland for so long and often that they are thought of internationally as typically Scottish.
  • Mairi

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    Why does Mairi, pronounced MAW-re, seem so much cooler than Mary? This Irish form of Mary was not used before the seventeenth century, as it was considered too sacred. Some of its Anglicized forms... Read More 

  • Maisie

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    Maisie, a hundred-year-old favorite, is in perfect tune with today. Spelled Maisy in a popular children's book series, Maisie is rising in tandem with cousin Daisy. While Maisie might be short for... Read More 

  • Malcolm

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    Malcolm is a warm and welcoming Scottish appellation (originally Mael-Colium) that fits into that golden circle of names that are distinctive but not at all odd. A royal name in Scotland, Malcolm... Read More 

  • Malvina

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    An invention of the eighteenth-century romantic poet James Macpherson, in his epic cycle about Ossian, a legendary Celtic hero. Sounds terminally dated today. Read More 

  • Margery

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    An old royal name in England and Scotland that's rarely used for babies today, except when reciting 'See saw, Margery Daw.'. Read More 

  • Marjorie

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    Scottish Marjorie and her English twin Margery were early twentieth century favorites that date back to medieval times, when it was popular among the royals. They were at their height in the... Read More 

  • Maxwell

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    A happy medium between the weighty Maximilian and the laid-back Max. Lance Armstrong chose it for his son. Early influences on the name's revival include Maxwell Smart of the television show, and... Read More 

  • Morven

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    In the Ossianic poems, Morven is the name of Fingal's kingdom. This name, borne by young Scottish actress Morven Christie, has a darkly seductive quality to it.Read More 

  • Muir

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    A common family name in Scotland, occasionally used as a first. Read More 

  • Muireall

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