Category: Scottish 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!

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Now it’s the boy’s turn to romance their names.

We recently posted a list of 100 girls’ names in translation, where we took some rather prosaic appellations like Helen, Henrietta and Hedwig, and gave them some international flair via their translations into other languages. Well, several of you asked us to do the same for the boys, and so here they are. Of course there are countless other versions and variations—maybe you’ll find the honor replacement you’ve been looking for!

Ralph and Roland, meet Raoul and Orlando.

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By Eleanor Nickerson

This March saw the official statistics for Scotland released for 2015. Once again, Emily and Jack were the number one choices – Emily for the second year running, and Jack for the eighth – and overall very little change to the top 10 names.

The largest rise within the Top 100 went to Jaxon and Jackson for boys and Aria, Willow and Harper for girls.

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Strictly Scottish: Innis, Jura & Jock

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By Clare Bristow

It’s a good time of year to think about all things Scottish. You might have welcomed the new year by singing Auld Lang Syne or be celebrating Burns Night on 25 January. Name nerds can also celebrate because Scotland has already released its provisional Top 100 for 2015 – we can look forward to the full data on 15 March.

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New McBaby Names for Boys

By Abby Sandel

Mackenzie, Makayla, and Mckenna have had a long run as go-to names for girls.

Is there any energy left in this trend?

The answer seems to be yes. And among the more interesting of the Mc- and Mac– names are some great options for boys, as parents reclaim the sound for their sons.

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