Scottish Submitted Names
are used in the country of Scotland as well as elsewhere in the Western World as a result of the Scottish diaspora. See also about Scottish names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AITHBHREAC f Scottish Gaelic, Medieval Scottish
Aithbhreac was the given name of the author of the earliest extant poetry in Scottish Gaelic by a poetess. Aithbhreac Inghean Coirceadal (1430-80) wrote a famous poem to eulogise her late husband.
ANNAPLE f Scottish
Scottish form of Annabel
. Sir Walter Scott used it for two characters (both nurses) in his Waverley series of novels.
AYRTON m Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Scottish
From a surname which was originally taken from the name of Airton in Yorkshire, which meant "farmstead on the (river) Aire" (Aire itself was probably a Celtic or pre-Celtic river-name meaning literally "strongly flowing")... [more]
BÁINE f & m Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish Mythology
An Irish name meaning "whiteness, pallor". In Irish Mythology, Báine was a princess, daughter of Tuathal Techtmar, ancestor of the kings of Ireland. "Cailín na Gruaige Báine" and "Bruach na Carraige Báine" are the names of two traditional Irish songs.... [more]
BJOLAN m Scottish, Norwegian
Variant of Beollan
was the name of a king of some district in Scotland whose lands were harried by the Norsemen in 886. The name perhaps appears in the cognomen of Helgi Bjola who went from the Hebrides to Iceland between 874 and 900.
BRODEN m Scots
From the place name; Brodie, in the North of Scotland. Derived from Gaelic 'Broth' meaning "a ditch"
CADHA f Scottish
The baby girl name Cadha is derived from Scottish origins. The name Cadha means from the steep mountain.
CAILLIC f Scottish
Derived from the Gaelic word caileag
meaning "girl", or possibly from the related word cailleach
meaning "old woman", which is also the name of a Scottish and Irish mythological figure (see Beira
) and comes from Old Irish caillech
"veiled (one)", from caille
"veil", an early loanword from Latin pallium
"a cloak" (i.e., the ecclesiastical garment worn by nuns).
CEALLAN m Scottish, Irish
Found in Irish History and is a modern place name in Scotland. Possibly related to the Gaelic name Ceallach
. Wanted to name my son Kelly (Wife thought it was a girls name) and came across this place name in Scotland... [more]
COLLA m Scottish, Irish, Irish Mythology
This is said to have been the name of three warrior brothers who founded the Irish kingdom of Airgialla and whose descendents ruled the Scottish kingdom of Dal Riada. ... [more]
CORBETT m English, Scottish
Of Scottish origin, meaning "little crow or raven" as a diminutive of the element corb
. Originally spelled Corbet. It is related to the name Corbin.... [more]
CULLACH m Scottish
Cullach was an ancient Scottish name, mostly used by the Borderland Strathclydes. It means "boar".
CURDIE m Scottish, Literature
From the Scottish surname Curdie or McCurdie, Anglicized forms of Mac Mhuireadhaigh
meaning "son of Muireadhach
" in Gaelic. This was the name of the miner boy in 'The Princess and the Goblin' (1872) and 'The Princess and Curdie' (1883) by George MacDonald.
DARROCH m Scottish
The name Darroch is said to derive from Macdara which is Scottish Gaelic for ''son of oak''.
DAVA f Scottish (Rare)
A Scottish variant of the feminine forms of 'David' meaning beloved. Also linked to a famous nature path near Inverness known as The Dava Way. Notable holder of this name is the author Dava Sobel ('Latitude and Longitude', and 'Galileo's Daughter').
DODDIE m Scottish
Scottish diminutive of George. Possibly originating from the Gaelic form of George, Deòrsa.
DONICA f English, Scottish
Feminine form of Donald
. More popular in Scotland than in England or America. Also possibly derived from the English surname.
EUPHAN f Scottish
Possibly a variant of Euphemia
, which was also written as Euphame
, a name that became common in Scotland because it was used as an anglicization of Oighrig
EVANNA f Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English
Feminine form of EVAN
. Alternatively, it could be derived from an Irish word meaning "young warrior" or a Scottish word meaning "right handed; strong."
FORBA m & f Irish, Scottish
The Irish meaning for Forba is "owns the fields," while the Scottish meaning for Forba is "headstrong. The Irish Forba is masculine, while the Scottish Forba is feminine.
GHILLIE f & m Scottish, English
The origin of this word dates from the late 16th century, from the Scottish Gaelic gille
, "lad, servant", cognate with the Irish giolla
GOWAN m & f Scottish, Medieval English
From a Scots name for the daisy and other golden or white field flowers, perhaps ultimately from Old Norse gollinn
"golden". Robert Burns' poem "To a Mountain Daisy" (1786) was originally titled "The Gowan"... [more]
JINTY f Scottish
Pet form of Janet
. A famous namesake is British historian Dame Janet "Jinty" Nelson. "Jinty" was also a girl's comic published in Britain in the 1970s and early 1980s.
KENTIGERNA f Scottish
Feminine form of Kentigern
. This was the name of an Irish queen who traveled to Scotland with her son, Saint Fillin
. She lived as a recluse on the island of Inchebroida in Loch Lomond, where a church is dedicated to her.
KYLOE m Scottish
The term Kyloe was used as a name in Scotland for West Highland cattle that became a male first name. The more modern use would be accociated with the Star Wars character Kylo Ren.The name has existed since the middle ages.
LATHARN m Scottish
Possibly from the Scottish Gaelic form of the place name Lorne
. It is said to mean "fox", perhaps related to Brythonic *louernos
(attested in Gaulish), from Proto-Celtic *loferno
(compare Breton louarn
, Cornish lowarn
, Welsh llwyrn
MAEL m Irish, Scottish
Means "disciple" in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Mael is used in the name Mael Coluim
, commonly in it's anglicized form, Malcolm
. Other Celtic names have the element too.
MALCOLMINA f Scottish, English
This name is a rare feminine variant of Malcolm
, which means "disciple of Saint Columba", and it is mainly used in Scotland, Northern England and parts of Ireland. It was much more common in Medieval times but is still in irregular usage today.
MARGRET f Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, English, German, Dutch, Scots (Archaic), Medieval Scottish, Alsatian
Variant of Margaret
as well as a modern Icelandic and Faroese form of Margrét
as well as a German and Alsatian contracted form of Margarete
MORRO m Scottish
First used in Scotland as Morrow, the name means "Sea Warrior" or "Warrior of the Wind." It is a strong and unique name.
MORVERN f Scottish
Variant of MORVEN
. From the Scottish place name Morvern
, a district in north Argyll, Mhorbhairne
in the original Gaelic, meaning "sea gap" or "big gap" (muir
"sea" or mór
MUIRHEAD m Scottish, English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally taken from the name of places in southern Scotland, itself derived from northern Middle English muir
"moor" and heid
"head, end". A known bearer was Scottish war artist Muirhead Bone (1876-1953).
NESSIE f English, Scottish, Manx
Originally a diminutive of Agnes
, used independently from at least the 18th century. It is now also used as a diminutive of Vanessa
. Since the 1950s it has been used as a nickname for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
ORRIS m English (Rare), Scottish
From an English surname which was derived from the given name Horace
. It coincides with the common name of Iris germanica
and certain other fragrant varieties of iris, which is ultimately from Latin and Greek iris
(via Middle English yreos
; see also Iris
PRENTISS m & f English, Scottish
The name is English or Scottish in origin and is derived from the word "Apprentice" meaning a person learning a trade under a master craftsman. It is a surname which has been adapted as a given name... [more]
RETAN f Scottish
was found in the 1881 Census of Canada for a young girl born to Scottish parents
RIPHATH m Biblical, Irish Mythology, Irish, Scottish
Name of Gomer second-born son in Genesis ch. 10. Irish/Scottish oral tradition (Leber Gabala Eirinn) lists him as the ancestor of the Scots (including the Irish). They too call him the second son of Gomer... [more]
ROBIE m Scottish
Scottish form of Robert meaning Bright and shining. Rare nickname sometimes used as a given name for boys.
SHANACHIE f & m Scottish Gaelic, Irish
Irish word for "a skilled teller of tales or legends, especially Gaelic ones." From the Scots Gaelic word seanachaidh
, from Old Irish senchaid
, variant of senchae
, meaning historian, derived from sen
, meaning old.
STRUAN m Scottish
This name comes from a Scottish placename or surname which means 'stream', from the Galeic sruthan
. The given name is associated particularly with the Clan Robertson who owned the lands of Struan in Perthshire.
SUTHERLAND m & f Scottish (Rare), English (Rare)
Scottish regional name that described a person who came from the former county by this name, which got its name from Old Norse suðroen "southern" and land "land". It was called the South Land because it was south of Scandinavia and south of the Norse colonies of Orkney and Shetland Islands.
THAIN m Scots, English
Transferred use of the surname Thain
meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Notable bearer Thain Wendell
MacDowell (1890-1960) was a Canadian soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for action during World War I. Variant of Thane
TONN m Scottish Gaelic
From scots-gaelic 'Tonn' meaning: "Wave; a long body of water curling into an arched form & breaking on the shore."
TORAN m Scottish
Scottish meaning of the name Toran is: From the craggy hills.' Tor is a name for a craggy hilltop and also may refer to a watchtower.
VAILA f Scottish
Named after a small island off the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is a traditional Shetlandic girl's name.
VANORA f Scottish, English (British)
Variant of Wannour
, an old Scottish form of Guenore
). Vanora’s Grave in Meigle, Scotland is a grass-covered mound in front of which two Pictish carved stones of Christian date are known to have once stood, though as a given name Vanora isn't found before the 19th century.
WILLIAMINA f Scottish
Scottish feminine form of William
. A known bearer of this name was Williamina Fleming (1857-1911), a Scottish astronomer.