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Best Scottish Names for Girls

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By Sophie Kihm

Scottish baby names for girls are a lovely bunch, including choices that a very familiar to American ears, such as Isla and Fiona, as well as names that have yet to cross over, like Elspeth and Aberdeen.

Along with Fiona and Isla, other Scottish girl names in the US Top 1000 include Annabel and Maisie. Baby girl names popular in Scotland include Isla—one of the only names of Scottish origins on their popularity charts—Olivia, Sophie, and Emily.

Shown here are names of Scottish derivation as well as the girls' names popular in Scotland, though there is some overlap. Whether you want to honor your Scottish heritage or simply love the culture, consider these lovely Scottish names for girls.

  • Aberdeen

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    This undiscovered Scottish port city name has a nice, upbeat feel and lots of good nickname possibilities. Read More 

  • Adair

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    This undiscovered unisex name has lots of flair. It was first noticed as a girl's name, starting in the 1980's, on the long-running daytime drama Search for Tomorrow, with the character... Read More 

  • Ailsa

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    Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name for girls related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might... Read More 

  • Annabel

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    Annabel is a spirited name that embodies quirky British gentility, and is gaining increading favor in the U.S. in the wake of the mega-popular Isabel. Appearing in Scotland as early as the twelfth... Read More 

  • Blair

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    In the USA, Blair is gaining momentum. In England and Wales, Blair is incredibly unpopular for girls, sitting well outside the Top 2000.Read More 

  • Caitriona

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    Both Caitriona and Catriona are commonly heard in Scotland and Ireland. The name was brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans, and is the source of nicknames Cait, Caitin, Caitlin and Triona.... Read More 

  • Campbell

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    This unisex name, the seventh most popular surname in Scotland, can make a more unusual Cameron alternative. It is represented on the girls' side by TV news correspondent Campbell Brown, for whom... Read More 

  • Eilidh

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    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 

  • Elsie

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    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 

  • Elspeth

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    Elspeth is one of those names that never quite made it out of the British Isles--particularly Scotland, but possesses a winningly childlike charm. Elspeth was used by Sir Walter Scott for several... Read More 

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