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Sneak Peek: Scotland’s Top Baby Names of 2019

January 5, 2020 Emma Waterhouse

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) has just released its provisional baby name data for 2019! As usual, it’s a gloriously eclectic mix of fashionable British favorites and gorgeous Gaelic gems.

What’s Hot With the Scots?

Topping the Scottish charts for the fourth year running are contemporary classics Olivia and Jack, which have long been popular throughout the British Isles.

Rounding out the Top 10 for each sex are Emily, Isla, Sophie, Ella, Amelia and Ava (tied), Grace, Freya, Charlotte and Ellie for girls, and Oliver, James, Charlie, Harris, Noah, Lewis, Leo, Rory and Alfie for boys.

Fresh new entrants to the Top 20 in 2019 were Theo and Brodie for boys (replacing Finlay and Jacob) and Rosie and Millie for girls (replacing Eilidh and Evie).

Ones To Watch In 2020

There were twenty new entrants into the Scottish Top 100 in 2019: Carson, Cody, Ellis, Louie, Roman, Sonny and Theodore on the boys’ side, and Abbie, Ailsa, Aoife, Elizabeth, Eve, Evelyn, Harley, Lottie, Lucie, Mirren, Myla, Nova and Scarlett on the girls’.

The highest climbers of the year (in terms of popularity ranking) were: Theodore (a Nameberry favorite, up 54 spots), Sonny (+48), Louie (+47), Tommy (+41) and Roman (+26) for boys, and Lucie (+76), Mirren (+37) Harley and Lottie (+34), Ailsa (+30), and Eve and Aoife (+28) for girls.

Baby Name Trends: Scottish Style

Unique Names on the Rise

The word “unique” has become something of a cliche when it comes to baby names, but the NRS uses it in its literal sense: in 2019, almost 9% of boys and almost 12% of girls born in Scotland were given a name used just once that year (compared to about 4% and 6.5% two decades ago).

Conversely, the number of Scottish boys and girls given a name in the Top 10 in 2019 was a little over 12% (compared to around 21% two decades ago).

Authentic Scottish Picks

The Top 100 is peppered with traditional Scottish baby names not encountered nearly so frequently south of the border.

Popular categories for boys include centuries-old clan names like Blair, Brodie, Cameron, Fraser, Logan and Murray, Scots Gaelic gems like Callum, Finlay, Hamish and Ruaridh, as well as names inspired by Scotland’s highlands and islands, like Angus, Arran, Harris, Innes and Lewis.

For girls, sweet Scottish diminutives ending in -ie are popular, like Elsie, Bonnie, Katie and Maisie, as well as gorgeous Gaelic picks like Eilidh, Orla and Mirren, and Scottish island names like Ailsa, Cara, Iona, Isla and Skye.

Nicknames on the Birth Certificate

Sweet, simple short forms as full names are popular throughout Britain, but the Scots are even more fond of them than most.

The Top 50 alone includes Jack, Leo, Alfie, Max, Harry, Theo, Archie, Finn, Freddie, Ollie, Liam, Jamie and Tommy for boys, and Ellie, Mia, Rosie, Millie, Evie, Maisie, Gracie, Hallie, Molly and Katie for girls.

Strong Surname Names

In addition to the traditional clan names listed above, the Top 100 for boys also includes energetic -er ending surname names like Carter, Cooper and Hunter (plus Harper for girls), sturdy -son ending choices like Carson, Grayson, Harrison, Jackson and Mason, as well as other surname-style picks like Blake, Cole and Riley.

Top 100 Scottish Baby Names of 2019

Below is the full provisional list of the most popular baby names in Scotland in 2019.

This data is drawn from births registered up to the beginning of December, so rankings may change slightly when the full official statistics are released in March. Bolded names are those which do not appear in the most recent Top 100 for England & Wales (2018).

Boys

1. Jack
2. Oliver
3. James
4. Charlie
5. Harris
6. Noah
7. Lewis
8. Leo
9. Rory
10. Alfie
11. Alexander
12. Max
13. Logan
14. Lucas
15. Harry
16. Theo
17. Thomas
18. Brodie
19= Archie
19= Finn
21. Jacob
22. Finlay
23. Daniel
24. Joshua
25. Oscar
26. Arthur
27. Hunter
28= Ethan
28= Mason
30. Harrison
31. Freddie
32. Ollie
33. Adam
34. Aaron
35. William
36. Jaxon
37. Cameron
38. Liam
39. Jamie
40= Callum
40= George
42= Matthew
42= Muhammad
44. Caleb
45. Nathan
46. Carter
47. Blake
48. Tommy
49= Andrew
49= Luke
51= Angus
51= Luca
51= Riley
54= Jude
54= Samuel
56= Cole
56= Sonny
58= Hamish
58= Joseph
60. Ryan
61. Isaac
62= David
62= Louie
64= Arran
64= Blair
66. Dylan
67= Arlo
67= Connor
67= Robert
67= Ruaridh
71. Leon
72. Michael
73= Benjamin
73= Kai
73= Louis
76. Theodore
77. Reuben
78. Cooper
79. Jackson
80. Owen
81. John
82= Fraser
82= Innes
84. Carson
85= Elijah
85= Murray
87. Grayson
88. Elliot
89. Aiden
90= Aidan
90= Sam
92= Ellis
92= Henry
94= Ben
94= Cody
96. Alex
97. Callan
98. Jax
99. Gabriel
100= Frankie
100= Roman

Girls

1. Olivia
2. Emily
3. Isla
4. Sophie
5. Ella
6= Amelia
6= Ava
8. Grace
9. Freya
10. Charlotte
11. Ellie
12. Aria
13. Jessica
14. Sophia
15. Lucy
16. Lily
17. Harper
18. Mia
19. Rosie
20. Millie
21. Evie
22. Eilidh
23. Ruby
24. Willow
25. Anna
26. Maisie
27. Hannah
28. Eva
29. Emma
30. Chloe
31. Mila
32= Ivy
32= Orla
34= Georgia
34= Isabella
36. Poppy
37. Robyn
38. Daisy
39= Gracie
39= Zara
41= Holly
41= Skye
43. Esme
44. Hallie
45= Erin
45= Sofia
47= Ayla
47= Molly
49= Emilia
49= Katie
51. Layla
52. Sienna
53. Alice
54. Niamh
55. Amber
56. Maya
57= Ada
57= Zoe
59= Bella
59= Bonnie
61. Thea
62= Luna
62= Summer
64= Callie
64= Rose
66= Abigail
66= Hollie
68. Hope
69. Iona
70= Elsie
70= Leah
72. Lexi
73= Eve
73= Violet
75= Harley
75= Scarlett
77= Elizabeth
77= Julia
77= Myla
80. Georgie
81= Florence
81= Imogen
83= Cora
83= Mirren
85. Rowan
86= Aurora
86= Lucie
86= Matilda
89= Lilly
89= Phoebe
89= Sadie
92= Brooke
92= Evelyn
92= Lola
92= Lottie
96= Ailsa
96= Cara
98= Abbie
98= Aoife
98= Maria
98= Nova

About the author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse — better known as @katinka around these parts — joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from pregnancy and birth to unique baby names from fiction and fantasy. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active Forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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