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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.
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  • Muireall

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  • Mungo

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    A lesson in not choosing a name just for its meaning, even if it is associated with the patron saint of Glasgow.  Read More 

  • Muriel

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    Once poetic Celtic name now the grandma on the TV sitcom. literary cred via Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, author of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Read More 

  • Murray

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    Murray, you may be surprised to discover, is a Scottish surname name with a sea-swept meaning, and just could be in the next wave of reevaluated grandpa names. Lisa Kudrow used it as the middle na... Read More 

  • Myra

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    Most modern parents would probably prefer Mira or Mia.  Read More 

  • Neil

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    Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now s... Read More 

  • Nessa

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    Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.  Read More 

  • Niall

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    Niall is pronounced like Neal, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool. This is an ancient name borne by several of the high kings of Tara, the most famous of whom ... Read More 

  • Ninian

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    Ancient Irish saint's name that's unlikely, because of its similarity to "ninny," to join cousin Finian in popularity.  Read More 

  • Niven

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    Excellent candidate for use as an undiscovered surname name.  Read More 

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