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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.

 
  Phyllis  
  Scottish girls name from the Greek for "leafy"  
  Rachel  
  Scottish girls name which if the Hebrew is taken literally means "ewe". However, more commonly felt to mean "gentleness"  
  Rebecca  
  Scottish girls name which originates from a Biblical name. Often shortened to Beccy or Becca  
  Rhoda  
  Scottish girls name which originates in the Greek word for Rose  
  Rhona  
  Scottish girls name which is quite modern (20th Century). Origins are unclear but is believed to be after a placename  
  Rhonda  
  Scottish girls name which is perhaps far more common in Wales. Adopted in Scotland perhaps due to famous actresses and sports stars of the 1940's - 1960's  
  Roberta  
  Scottish girls name which is the usual feminine variation of the male Robert  
  Rosalind  
  Scottish girls name from Old German meanign horse serpent. This actually isn't as bad as it appears as the serpent was symbolic of wisdom and the horse being worshipped as a god by some  
  Rose  
  Scottish girls name which is likely to be either a shortened version of Rosalind or simply named after the flower  
  Rosemary  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear but is believed to be linked to rememberance (as is the flower)  
  Rowena  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are uncertain. Certainly used by authors in the 19th Century  
  Ruth  
  Scottish girls name originating from the Biblical name  
  Samantha  
  Scottish girls name whose origins remain unclear (and perhaps a little unsavoury). Certainly used as a slave name since before 1864 but may also have been a female version of Samuel  
  Sandra  
  Scottish girls name which is the shortened version of Alexandra  
  Sarah  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Hebrew for princess  
  Senga  
  The slender one  
  Sharon  
  Scottish girls name whose origins appear to differ depending on who you listen to. It is certainly a placename from Western Palestine although an immediate connection isn't apparent. It also appears in the Bible  
 
 
  Sheena  
  Scottish girls name which appears to be a relatively recent invention. The usual anglisicised spelling of the Gaelic name Sine  
  Shiela  
  Scottish girls name which appears to have been a phonetic invention of the Irish Sile and English Cecilia  
  Shirley  
  Scottish girls name which appears to have originated in a Charlotte Bronte novel. Made popular by the American actress Shirley Temple  
  Shona  
  God is gracious  
  Sinnie  
  Scottish girls name which is a traditional name in the Shetland Isles originating in Scandinavian meaning "new victory"  
  Sonia  
  Scottish girls name thought to originate in the Russian form of Sophia  
  Sophia  
  Scottish girls name taken from the Greek for "wisdom"  
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