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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.

 
  Ismay  
  Scottish girls name which is an amalgam of Christine, Mary, Chris and may.  
  Jacqueline  
  Scottish girls name originating in the French female version of Jacques  
  Jane  
  Scottish girls name which is the female form of John  
  Janet  
  Scottish girls name whcih has its origins in the name Jane and is merely an extension of it.  
  Janice  
  Another Scottish girls name which has its origins in the name Jane and is merely an extension of it.  
  Jean  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine version of the male John  
  Jeanette  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are in the French Jeanette  
  Jemima  
  Scottish girls name from the Hebrew meaning dove  
  Jennifer  
  Scottish girls name whose original meaning is thought to be white-ness or fairness. Originating, it is believed, in Cornwall (region in South West of England)  
  Jessie  
  Scottish girls name which is a version of Janet.  
  Joan  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine form of John  
  Josephine  
  Scottish girls name which is the female version of Joseph  
  Joyce  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear. Possible meanings range from the latin jocosa meaning merry, to a simple made up name by an author in the 17th century, to the (male) name of a Breton Saint  
  Judith  
  Scottish girls name from the Hebrew for a Jewess. Commonly shortened to Judy.  
  Julie  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Latin name Julius  
  June  
  Scottish girls name which is simply named after the month. A practice thought to have originated in France  
  Kara  
  Scottish girls name whose exact origins are unclear. Thought to be a shortened version of Katharine or linked to the Gaelic Farquhar meaning friend  
 
 
  Karen  
  Scottish girls name which is thought to originate in the Scandinavian form of Katrine  
  Kay  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear. Also spelled with an e at the end  
  Kerry  
  Scottish girls name which (surprisingly) appears to have originated in Australia  
  Kim  
  Scottish girls name which is the shortened version of Kimberley which itself is thought to have originated from the old English name of Cyneburg  
  Kirstie  
  A follower of Christ, a Christian  
  Lassie  
  not really a name, more of a description for a little girl  
  Lee  
  Scottish boys name although can also be used as a girls name and its meaning is derived from the placename meaning wood, clearing or pasture.  
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