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Scottish Girl Names

This page concentrates on Scottish baby girl names and their meanings. Of course they are mainly first names or Christian names as they are known in some countries, but there are some Scotland family or Scottish surnames also.

History of Scotland girl baby Names

The history of Scotland also includes many different races known as the Scots, Celts and gaels. Some of the Scottish names are derived from these ancient races and you can find more of these names on the Gaelic Girl names page.

Scottish Naming Conventions

Scots often followed a certain pattern for naming their children and this can cause an element of confusion if you are trying to trace Scottish Ancestry where, for example you may find multiple James and others. The basic pattern was: Scots often named children by following a simple set of rules:

  • 1st daughter named after mother's mother
  • 2nd daughter named after father's mother
  • 3rd daughter named after mother

Another unique element of Scottish girl names is that they often have their roots in a boys name. These names are usually transformed into girls’ names by adding “ina”, e.g. Thomasina, Georgina, Williamina. These names might then be abbreviated to Ina (for example)in later life.

A very good background to naming traditions can be found on the Scottish Government website.

  Scottish girls name more commonly associated as being an Irish name. Perhaps due to its strong associations with the Roman Catholic Church.  
  From the plain or field. A boy or girl's name  
  Fine, pretty  
  Alternative spelling of Bonnie  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Norse name Brand meaning sword  
  A Scottish girls name originating from the Irish Brighde or Bride meaning the high one.  
  Scottish girls name meaning "crooked nose" and is often regarded as the female variant of the boys name, Cameron.  
  A Scottish girls name probably derived from the Italian for dear one. Can also be spelled Kara  
  Scottish girls name which is a commonly used, shortened version of the name caroline  
  Scottish girls name of no real known origin. It has become associated with the Greek word for pure. Variety of spellings Catharine, Kathryn, Katherine to name but a few  
  A Scottish girls name, rarely used today. From the male version Cecil which comes from the Latin word for blind.  
  A Scottish girls name which is the feminine version of Charles.  
  A Scottish girls name used mainly on the Islands especially Lewis. A mixture/blend of the two names Christina and Isabella  
  A follower of Christ, a Christian. A boy or girl's name  
  Scottish girls name which has many derivatives. Usually Christina, Kirsteen, Kirsty, Tina to name but a few.  
  A very popular Scottish girls name with its roots in both Latin and French. Meaning is clear or bright.  
  Scottish girls name with its roots in Latin for mild or merciful  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine form of Daniel  
  Rarely used Scottish girls name which was popular in the 1950's and 1960's  
  Scottish girls name from the Hebrew for a bee. Shortened versions are Debbie or Debra  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine form of Denis.  
  Scottish girls name originating from Roman and Greek gods. Tends to be very cyclical in popularity.  
  Scottish girls name which is the female version of Donald, which itself originates in the Gaelic for ruler of the world  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Italian for lady or mistress.  
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