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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.

 
  Agnes  
  Scottish girls name thought to derive from the Latin form of a Greek name which mean't "chaste"  
  Aifric  
  Gaelic form of Africa  
  Aileen  
  The light of the sun. The Irish form of Helen.  
  Ailsa  
  After a rocky inlet known as Ailsa Craig  
  Ainsley  
  A meadow or clearing. Also a unisex name.  
  Alana  
  Scottish girls name which is the female version of Alan  
  Alberta  
  Scottish girls name which is the female version of Albert  
  Alexis  
  A Scottish girls name taken from the boys name Alexander meaning helper.  
  Alice  
  A Scottish girls name with a long history of derivations and origins. Original meaning is thought to be "noble"  
  Alison  
  noble  
  Alpina  
  blonde  
  Amanda  
  Scottish girls name from the latin meaning loveable  
  Amy  
  Scottish girls name from the French meaning "loved"  
  Andrea  
  Scottish girls name which is a derivative of the boys name Andrew  
  Angela  
  Scottish girls name taken from "angel" and implying an angelic quality.  
  Ann  
  Scottish girls name which is also spelled with the addition of an E - Anne. Derived from the Hebrew name Hannah which means favour, grace.  
  Annabella  
  Scottish Girls name which originates in the Gaelic Anabla mean't to imply beautiful Anna  
 
 
  Antonia  
  Scottish girls name which is derived from the boys name Antony (also Anthony)  
  Arlene  
  Scottish girls name which seemed to appear "out of nowhere" in the early 20th Century.  
  Audrey  
  Scottish girls name meaning noble and strong  
  Averil  
  Scottish girls name, similar to Avril but with the meaning with its roots in an English Saint with boar and battle as part of its meaning  
  Avril  
  Scottish girls name with roots in the French for April  
  Barbara  
  A girls name commonly used in Scotland which originates in Greece with a meaning of strange or foreign  
  Beatrice  
  Scottish girls name from Latin roots meaning bringer of happiness  
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