Scottish Baby Names

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.

The most popular Scottish baby names in the US today are the red-hot Isla and Maisie for girls, thanks to actresses Isla Fisher and Maisie Williams. For boys, popular Scottish names include Graham, Kyle, Logan, Lennox, Maxwell, and Evan. Blair, Cameron, Finlay, and Rory are well-liked Scottish names that works for either gender. Other stylish Scottish names include Esme, Elsie, Fiona, Flora, Ione, and Una for girls; Duncan and Malcolm for boys.

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.

  • Dougal

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Heard in the Scottish highlands, and much more in tune with the present times than the dated Douglas — for which it could make a perfect tribute name.
Dougal was the Scottish nickname for... Read More 

  • Douglas

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Douglas, and more particularly its nickname, Doug, had a real romantic swagger in the 1950s and 1960s dating back to swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, but today is more likely to conjure up your... Read More 

  • Duff

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This somewhat boisterous Celtic name would be at home in a noisy pub or out walking on the moors. In Scotland, it was originally a nickname for someone with dark hair or a swarthy complexion. ... Read More 

  • Dugald

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  • Duncan

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Duncan is jaunty, confident, and open, a Scottish royal name that's brimming with friendly charm and makes it into our golden circle... Read More 

  • Edina

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Edina is an infectious-sounding Minnesota place-name, featured in the British cult hit TV show "Absolutely Fabulous." Edina is also a poetic name for Edinburgh and is a common name in contemporary... Read More 

  • Effie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Effie is the old-fashioned short form for Euphemia, which seems a little too barefoot and tattered to be revivable--though you never know, wih names like Hattie and Letty making comebacks. Effie... Read More 

  • Eilidh

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Long popular in Scotland, this attractive name is widely considered to be the Gaelic version of Helen. After the Normans introduced it into the British Isles, it was transformed into Evelyn. It... Read More 

  • Eithne

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Name of a goddess who survived only on milk. Pretty and soulful, but the phonetic spelling Enya might be easier for kids outside of the Irish culture. It comes from the vocabulary word kernel,... Read More 

  • Elsie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Not so long ago, Elsie might have been on a list of Names Least Likely to Succeed—but look at her now! She is currently ranked very highly in the U.K., and in the US, she's widely used as well,... Read More 

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