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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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  • Fraser

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    Though TV's "Frasier" made the name famous, and Frazier is a well-used variation, Fraser is the original, used mostly in Scotland.  Read More 

  • Fyfe

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  • Gavin

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    Gavin, a name with Scottish roots, has stepped into the spotlight, replacing the dated Kevin, thanks in part to pop-rock sensation Gavin DeGraw and Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Gavin also has... Read More 

  • Gillespie

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    Sometimes heard as a first name in Scotland, particularly among the Campbell clan.  Read More 

  • Glen

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    Former cool-boy name now in middle-aged limbo, fresher for girls thanks to Glenn Close.  Read More 

  • Gordon

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    As this long-term Age of Jordans, both male and female, begins to wind down, the neglected Scottish favorite Gordon, with its more distinguished history, could come back as a distinctive alternativ... Read More 

  • Graham

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    Well used in England and Scotland since the fifties, the smooth and sophisticated Graham is just beginning to catch on here; Graham has climbed almost 200 places in a decade. Among the best known ... Read More 

  • Greer

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    This attractive Scottish surname choice, has a certain amount of glamour thanks to feisty British-born red-haired forties Academy Award winner Greer Garson, who was born Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson-... Read More 

  • Gregor

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    Danger of conjuring up the Kafka character that woke up one day to find himself turned into a cockroach. Apart from that, this earlier form of Gregory, quite common in Scotland, could make an attra... Read More 

  • Hamish

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    Just as Seamus/Seumus is Irish for James, Hamish is the Scottish form — one that's not often used here, but still redolent of Olde Scotland. If you're ready to go further than Duncan and Malcolm, o... Read More 

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