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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.

 
  Maureen  
  Scottish girls name which is, yet another, derivative of Mary  
  May  
  Scottish girls name which is often regarded as merely being a shortened version of Mary  
  Melanie  
  Scottish girls name which originates in the Greek meaning Black  
  Mildred  
  Scottish girls name from an olde English name comprising elements of mild and strength.  
  Moira  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear but is believed to be a phonetic form of the Irish name Maire  
  Molly  
  Scottish girls name which is a shortened or "pet name" of Mary.  
  Monica  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear. Traditionally used by Roman Catholic parents in honour of St Monica  
  Morag  
  The great one  
  Morna  
  Scottish girls name from the Gaelic for beloved  
  Morven  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear but is thought to relate in some way to the mountain range in Aberdeenshire and caithness  
  Muriel  
  Scottish girls name which is thought to be the anglicised form of Muirgheal " the fair one of the sea"  
  Myra  
  Scottish girls name which is thought to originate in the Greek Myrrha or simply as an anagram version of Mary  
  Nancy  
  Scottish girls name which is commonly thought to be an extension of Nan which in itself is a version of Ann  
  Nicola  
  Scottish girls name is regarded as being the feminine version of Nicholas. Although not strictly speaking true as it is in fact the Italian form of Nicholas with Nicoletta being the feminine form.  
  Nora  
  Scottish girls name which is a shrotened version of Eleanor. Can also be spelled with an H at the end.  
  Norma  
  Scottish girls name whose origin is thought to be quite recent in that it is the name of an American actress of the 1920's and previously had been unused in Scotland.  
  Olive  
  Scottish girls name which is believed to simply originate in the name of the tree.  
 
 
  Osla  
  Scottish girls name from the old Norse meaning God consecrated. Only really popular in Shetland Islands  
  Pamela  
  Scottish girls name thought to origiante from the Greek Pamphilus meaning beloved of all  
  Patricia  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine form of Patrick. Often shortened to Trish, Pat or Tricia  
  Pauline  
  Scottish girls name which is the normal feminine version of Paul. Also Paula, Pauleen and Paulette  
  Pearl  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear. Believed to be related to Margaret which means pearl  
  Peggy  
  Scottish girls name which is often used as a shortened version of Margaret  
  Philomena  
  Scottish girls name from the Greek for I am loved  
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