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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.

 
  Frances  
  Scottish girls name (not to be confused with the male spelling FrancIs) whose origins are unclear  
  Freda  
  Scottish girls name which is a shortened version of Winifred  
  Freya  
  Scottish girls name which was popular in the Shetland Islands and means female ruler, mistress. Believed to originate in old Norse which due to the Shetlands islands proximity to Norway is a likely source.  
  Gail  
  Scottish girls name which is a shortened version of Abigail which in turn comes from Hebrew meaning "father rejoiced"  
  Georgina  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine version of George  
  Gillian  
  Scottish girls name which has its origins in the name Juliana which itself is a feminine form of the male Julius.  
  Gladys  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Welsh name Gwladys. Rarely used today  
  Grace  
  Scottish girls name and is thought to originate from the Puritans religion of using virtue names such as Patience, Hope etc  
  Grear  
  watchful  
  Grier  
  Watchful, vigilant.  
  Griselda  
  An old fashioned Scottish girls name which is of uncertain origin (thought to be Germanic)  
  Hazel  
  Scottish girls name originating in the name of a tree  
  Heather  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear  
  Helen  
  Scottish girls name derived from bright or light  
  Henrietta  
  Scottish girls name which has now fallen from fashion. Origins are simply the female version of the male name Henry  
  Hilary  
  Scottish girls name meaning cheerful  
  Hilda  
  Rarely used Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear but thought to be Germanic  
 
 
  Ina  
  Scottish girls name which is really a shortened version of ANY name which ends with those three letters (Christina, Georgina etc)  
  Inga  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are in Scandinavia but is still used in the Northern Islands of Scotland. Original meanign is believed to be beauty  
  Iona  
  The name of a beautiful Hebridean island.  
  Irene  
  Scottish girls name which originates in the Greek for peace.  
  Iris  
  Scottish girls name which it is thought to originate in the Greek for rainbow. It is of course also the name of a beautiful flower.  
  Isabella  
  Scottish girls name which originates in the Italian for Elizabeth. Often shortened to Isabel, Isobel, Ishbel  
  Isla  
  From the name of an island off the scottish coast  
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