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!
Annabel/Annabelle, #169 girls – It’s said that the Scots first reimagined the medieval Amabel into Annabel, sometime in the Middle Ages. Americans prefer this name spelled Annabelle, a Top 100 favorite in the US.
Rory, #25 boys – Also heard in Ireland, Rory’s traditional Scottish spelling – Ruaridh – also appears in the Scottish Top 100.
All in all, there’s very little overlap between the most popular lists when it comes to Scottish names. But that’s not true of names overall. Ava and Emily, Noah and Oliver are almost equally popular here and there. The Top Names in Scotland – Jack and Olivia – feel right at home in the US, too.
Now let’s look at popular Scottish names that American parents have yet to discover: