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.

  • Padraig

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Parents of Irish heritage are increasingly looking for more authentic Gaelic names, and this is a native spin on Patrick. Pronunciation will be confusing for many Americans, though: It's... Read More 

  • Parlan

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  • Ramsay

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    A surname occasionally used as a first, as in former attorney general Ramsey Clark. This spelling is now closely associated with the psychopathic Game of Thrones villain Ramsay Snow... Read More 

  • Rhona

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Probably started life as a short form of Rhonwen, which we would definitely prefer. Read More 

  • Rona

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Coined in Scotland in the late nineteenth century, has little appeal in the twenty-first. Read More 

  • Rory

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split... Read More 

  • Ross

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    Like Friends, Ross is off the air and into syndication as a baby name, having plummeted from its zenith in the late 80s to fall off the US Top 1000 in 2013. Today, Ross is more likely to... Read More 

  • Rowena

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819), which featured a heroine called Rowena of Hargottstanstede, and also a Harry Potter name, as... Read More 

  • Ruairidh

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  • Senga

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This anagram of Agnes is not related to that name; rather it comes from the Gaelic word seang meaning "slender".Read More 

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