Top Names in Scotland: Jack and Sophie rule on
The Scottish Registry General’s Office has released the country’s most popular names for 2009, showing very little change at the top. Jack and Sophie remained in first place, and the girls’ list wasn’t so dissimilar to ours, with Olivia, Ava, Emily, Chloe and Emma all in the top ten, along with Lucy, Katie, Amy and Erin. For the boys, there were long-term Scottish favorites heading the list: Lewis, James, Liam, Logan, Ryan, Cameron and Callum (which would have been higher if merged with the Calum spelling) coming up behind Jack, plus the biblical Daniel and Aaron.
It gets more interesting as you look at some of the names that are rising choices for Scots parents. One of the biggest leaps was taken by Miley (tailed by Mylea, Mylee, Mylie and Myley), which jumped 190 places, showing Hannah Montana‘s tremendous international clout. The biggest climber for the boys was Owen, which is also moving up in the US.
Some of the other noteworthy names on the rise in Scotland–showing a persistent preference for nickname names:
LUCAS (thought to be influenced by the lead character in the BBC drama Spooks)
It’s when we look further down the list that we come upon some choices less known or used in this country. These include:
CAOIMHE (KWEE-va or KEE-va)
EOGHAN (OHN or as Owen)
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on December 30th, 2009 at 5:20 am
Yay!! Thanks for putting this up!
I love seeing all the traditional Scorrish names. Loads of Welsh names as well actually (Cerys, Carys, Owen, Rhys, Dylan, Morgan, Evan) which is interesting.
You can definitely see the impact of well known television soaps and British celebrity babies.
I would just like to point out that although Carys & Cerys have been put together here, they are not prn the same anywhere in Britain. Carys = KAH-riss (like ‘a’ in cat) Cerys = KAIR-iss (like ‘e’ in cherry)
on December 30th, 2009 at 9:00 am
I’ve always liked Carys, but there’s no way my husband would go for it. Ellis is still one of my current favorites for a girl, but again, my husband objects… Glad to see it’s at least growing in popularity somewhere!
Aaren seems like an alternate Aaron spelling to me. And I’ve always liked the Iain spelling, as well. Innes is a fabulous name, as well.
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on December 30th, 2009 at 11:32 am
I love that Evie and Owen are both on the rise. I have a scottish heritage, and my husband has a Portuguese one, so we’ve been looking for ways to merge the 2. Those are some of my top favorites.
on December 30th, 2009 at 7:44 pm
Yes! My heart belongs to Scotland, as you know! (and hi there, Elea).
I did think of Struan when I was naming my eldest (Stuart Calum), and I do like it.
Innes is a FAB name! and I like it for girls as well as boys.
I have to say that Coaimhe (KEEva) is definitely from Irish Gaelic, though.
I knew a lovely little girl called Morven too, and like that.
I have the whole family keeping an eye out for The Times and Telegraph announcements for the year, too.
Happy New Year to you all! (For Auld Lang Syne)
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on January 1st, 2010 at 9:39 pm
I’m married to a Ryan and my sons’ names are Liam and Calum
Our honeymoon was in Scotland! I guess we brought home the influence?
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