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.
  • Padraig

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    Parents of Irish heritage are increasingly looking for more authentic Gaelic names, and this is a native spin on Patrick. Pronunciation will be confusing for many Americans, though: It's... 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... 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,... Read More 

  • Rowena

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    A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819),which featured a heroine called Rowena of Hargottstanstede. Rowena has some old-fashioned charm, though... Read More 

  • Ruairidh

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  • Senga

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    This anagram of Agnes is not related to that name; rather it comes from the Gaelic word seang meaning "slender".Read More 

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