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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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  • Ossian

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    Ossian, or Osian, from the Old Irish name Oisin, was the son of Finn in Irish legend that was transformed into a Scottish hero in the Ossianic poems of James Macpherson in the eighteenth century--w... Read More 

  • Padraig

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    Parents of Irish heritage are increasingly looking for more authentic Gaelic names. Though the pronunciation (PAD-dreek) is close to the Anglicized Patrick, the spelling makes it far more distincti... Read More 

  • Parlan

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  • Ramsay

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    A surname occasionally used as a first, as in former attorney general Ramsey Clark.  Read More 

  • Rhona

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    Probably started life as a short form of Rhonwen, which we would definitely prefer.  Read More 

  • Rona

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    Coined in Scotland in the late nineteenth century, has little appeal in the twenty-first.  Read More 

  • Rory

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    This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split i... Read More 

  • Ross

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    Like Friends , Ross is off the air and into syndication Ross originated as the surname of a famous Scottish clan, and is a place name in that country as well. It's a quiet, understated Celtic name... Read More 

  • Rowena

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    A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Ivanhoe, Rowena has some old-fashioned charm, though most modern parents seem to prefer Rowan.  Read More 

  • Ruairidh

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