Scottish Baby Names

The Scots--originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland-- have a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in Scotland's baby names. 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.

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.

  • Sholto

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Sholto, though it doesn't sound particularly Scottish, is a traditional first name in the Douglas clan. We're not sure how easily it would be accepted in an American classroom.Read More 

  • Sile

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  • Sinclair

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    Could be a novel way for a boy's name to honor an ancestral Claire. Read More 

  • Skye

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The e-addition takes the name from slightly hippie-ish nature name to the place name of a picturesque island off the coast of Scotland, and for baby namers it's by far the more popular spelling. ... Read More 

  • Stewart

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This ancient royal Scottish name and its equally-correct spelling French variation Stuart had a brief vogue in midcentury America--it was Number 286 in 1955--dropped off the list completely in the... Read More 

  • Struan

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    A strong, eminently usable name often heard in Scotland.Read More 

  • Stuart

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This ancient royal Scottish name had a brief vogue in midcentury America, but it would be far from a fresh choice for a baby boy now. Read More 

  • Tam

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Popularized in Scotland by Tam o'Shanter, the hero of one of Robert Burns most famous poems, it's associated in the U.S. with the plaid cap he gave his name to.Read More 

  • Torquil

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    Torquil, is a quirky but intriguing option that evolved from an ancient Scandinavian name and was imported into Scotland by the Vikings. The Gaelic form of the name is Torcaill.

    Torquil... Read More 

  • Uilleam

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    Most Americans would take the easy way out and spell it Willem, as in artist de Kooning and actor Dafoe. Read More 

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