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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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  • Senga

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    Spelling Agnes backwards, as is sometimes done in Scotland, is far from an improvement.  Read More 

  • Sholto

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    Sholto, though it doesn't sound particularly Scottish, is a traditional first name in the Douglas clan. We're not sure how easily it would be accepted in an American classroom. Read More 

  • Sile

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  • Sinclair

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    Could be a novel way for a boy's name to honor an ancestral Claire.  Read More 

  • Skye

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    The 'e'-addition takes the name from slightly hippieish nature name to the place name of a picturesque island off the coast of Scotland, and for baby namers it's by far the more popular spelling. ... Read More 

  • Stewart

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    This ancient royal Scottish name and its equally-correct spelling French variation Stuart had a brief vogue in midcentury America, but would be far from a fresh choice for a baby boy now. Read More 

  • Struan

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    A strong, eminently usable name often heard in Scotland. Read More 

  • Stuart

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    This ancient royal Scottish name had a brief vogue in midcentury America, but it would be far from a fresh choice for a baby boy now.  Read More 

  • Tam

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    Popularized in Scotland by Tam o'Shanter, the hero of one of Robert Burns most famous poems, it's associated in the U.S. with the plaid cap he gave his name to. Read More 

  • Torquil

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    Torquil, is a quirky but intriguing option that evolved from an ancient Scandinavian name and was imported into Scotland by the Vikings. The Gaelic form of the name is Torcaill. Torquil MacLeod wa... Read More 

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