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.

  • Hugh

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Patrician to the core, Hugh was firmly in the Top 100 until 1903. Now it's used very quietly, though the name is still in the Top 1000.

    Hugh has always been particularly prevalent... Read More 

  • Iain

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Iain, this authentic Gaelic form of John, has been well used in Scotland since the early twentieth century, used concurrently with the shortened Ian spelling, but is rarely seen in the US. ... Read More 

  • Innes

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Innis is the name of an island (and Gaelic word for island) which became a Scottish surname and clan name before being used as a first. It hasn't been heard much in the U.S., but could attract... Read More 

  • Iona

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This name of a small island off the coast of Scotland is trending upwards along with other I names. Read More 

  • Ione

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This unusual Greek flower and color name has gained considerable recent attention via actress Ione Skye, who is the daughter of sixties folksinger Donovan.

    Ione was one of the fifty sea... Read More 

  • Iseabail

    Gender: F LoveDislike

  • Ishbel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

  • Isla

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Isla is the name of a Scottish river, an island (spelled Islay), and the hot young red-haired actress Isla Fisher, wife of Sacha Baron Cohen. Isla is also popular overseas, especially in England,... Read More 

  • Ismay

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The rise of the the various Isabel names may give a boost to this variation, which has a sunny, springtime feel.

    Although this name has been around since the thirteenth century, its... Read More 

  • Isobel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The Scottish spelling of Isabel has a definite character of her own, the 'o' giving her an extra infusion of strength but also an element of confusion. How do you pronounce that? Answer: Exactly... Read More 

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