Scottish Baby Names

The Scots--originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland-- have a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in their baby names. This list includes both uniquely Scottish Gaelic baby names, and others that have been used in Scotland for so long and often that they are thought of internationally as typically Scottish.

  • Mungo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A lesson in not choosing a name just for its meaning, even if it is associated with the patron saint of Glasgow. Read More 

  • Muriel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Once a poetic Celtic name, that of the angel who governs the month of June, Muriel is now the grandma on TV sitcoms. She does have literary cred via Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, author of... Read More 

  • Murray

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Murray, you may be surprised to discover, is a Scottish surname name --that of an ancient noble clan--with a sea-swept meaning, and just could be in the next wave of reevaluated grandpa names.... Read More 

  • Myra

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    As with many grandmother-y names, this choice may be coming back into style. It rose more than 300 spots between 2012 and 2016.

    Myra was invented in the seventeenth century by a poet... Read More 

  • Neil

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now... Read More 

  • Nessa

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    Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own. Read More 

  • Niall

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Niall is pronounced nye-al--something like Neil, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool.

    This is an ancient name borne by several of the high kings of... Read More 

  • Ninian

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ancient Irish saint's name that's unlikely, because of its similarity to "ninny," to join cousin Finian in popularity. Read More 

  • Niven

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Excellent candidate for use as an undiscovered surname name. Niven is the Anglicized spelling of the Irish name Naomhan, a diminutive of the word naomh which means saint. This handsome... Read More 

  • Ossian

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ossian, or Osian, from the Old Irish name Oisin, was the son of Finn in Irish legend that was transformed into a Scottish hero in the Ossianic poems of James Macpherson in the eighteenth... Read More 

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