Category: International Baby Names
By Abby Sandel
Last week we looked at Irish baby names. This week, we turn our attention to all names Scottish. The new Scottish baby name statistics for 2016 were just released, making it the perfect moment to dive into the data.
While Irish names have been white hot in the US for decades, Scottish choices remained relatively rare until recent years. Now a handful of these are racing up the popularity charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
The good news for American parents in love with all things Scottish? Many others remain undiscovered gems in the US.
Sharp-eyed readers will notice some overlap between our Irish and Scottish lists. That’s thanks to the shared Gaelic roots of the two languages.
Here are the popular Scottish baby names currently in the US Top 1000. That doesn’t mean they’re wildly popular, though. Just two of these Scottish baby names crack the US Top 100!
Irish baby names appeal to a wide range of parents, whether your background is Irish or not. But the Irish baby names most popular here are very different from those that are hot in their homeland. St. Paddy‘s Day is the perfect moment to look at the top Irish baby names today.
Irish names have, of course, long been popular in America, brought here by immigrants from the middle of the nineteenth century through the present day.
Today, the top Irish baby names are very different in both places from those in the past. Let’s take a look and see how they compare.
Here are the Irish baby name currently in the US. Top 100:
Baby names are in general a lot more adventurous in the US than they are in the UK, with American parents using word names and place names and surname-names and gender-ambiguous names in far greater numbers than their British counterparts.
But British parents tend to be broader-minded when it comes to using vintage names with more history than gloss. Some of the names that might be considered dowdy and old-fashioned by Americans – Constance and Hubert, for example – are chic in London.
A recent review of birth announcements produced this list of names favored by contemporary parents in Britain. If you love vintage baby names that are also distinctive, you may find your perfect name here.
For Women’s History Month, celebrated throughout March (but why stop there?), we look at some distinguished women from around the globe who are not as well known as they should be outside their individual fields. And, as a very Nameberry bonus, all of them also bear names that are also not as well used as they should be!
Celebrity baby names make news this month. Two Oscar contenders became new parents in February: Natalie Portman (‘Jackie‘) named her daughter the lovely Amalia, and Mahershala Ali (‘Moonlight’) chose Bari Najima for his daughter. Also of particular note: Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego taking the Zen path for their baby boy, brother of Cy and Bowie, and Nick Cannon‘s choice of the name Golden for his son..
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