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Scottish Baby Names

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Scottish names reflect the rich cultural heritage of The Scots, originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland. This list includes both uniquely Scottish Gaelic baby names, and other names that have been used predominantly in Scotland for so long and often that they are thought of internationally as typically Scottish names, such as Isla and Maisie.

Along with Isla and Maisie, other Scottish baby names in the US Top 1000 include Esme, Elsie, Evan, Fiona, Graham, Logan, Lennon, and Maxwell. Blair, Cameron, Finlay, and Rory are well-liked Scottish names that work for either gender.

While we include both Scottish names for girls and Scottish boys' names on this list, you can also find individual lists for each gender elsewhere on the site. But the choices here are what we consider the most stylish baby names that are also distinctly Scottish. You also might want to consult our individual lists of Scottish Names for Girls and Scottish Names for Boys.

  • Adair

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    Adair has flair, the grace of a Fred Astaire. It's a Scottish surname which came from the first name Edgar.

    In recent years, it has also been used for girls.Read More 

  • Agnes

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    Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come... Read More 

  • Aileas

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    Aileas is one of those Scottish names that is at once familiar and unusual, a spin on the internationally-popular Alice that is all... Read More 

  • Ailsa

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    Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name for girls related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might... Read More 

  • Ainsley

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    While theoretically unisex, this surname name has been edging up the girls’ names list, perhaps originally as an Ashley substitute. Read More 

  • Alasdair

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    In this country, more recognizable with the Alistair spelling. Read More 

  • Alexina

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    This spin on the "Alex" prefix was the 88th most popular girl name in Scotland in 1900.Read More 

  • Andrew

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    Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John. And there's a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, while Drew adds... Read More 

  • Angus

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    Angus is rapidly moving from fuddy-duddy, kilt-wearing old Scotsman to hip young American; it's definitely a plausible choice, particularly for parents whose roots go back to Glasgow. The ancient... Read More 

  • Archibald

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    The short form Archie is so open and friendly --and very trendy in the British Isles--that some parents are now beginning to consider the formerly fusty Archibald as well. SNL comedians Amy... Read More 

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