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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.

 
  Doreen  
  Scottish girls name which is often though to mean sullen  
  Dorothy  
  Scottish girls name from the Greek meaning gift of God  
  Edith  
  Scottish girls name originating in old English. Means happy, rich and (strangely) war.  
  Edna  
  Scottish girls name which is now rarely used.  
  Edwina  
  Scottish girls name which is the feminine version of Edwin. Sometimes spelled Edweena  
  Eileen  
  Scottish girls name whose origin is unclear. Thought to originate from Helen or Evelyn  
  Elaine  
  Scottish girls name originating from the Greek name Helen.  
  Eleanor  
  Scottish girls name which is a form of Helen. Can also be spelled Elinor, Elenor, Lenore  
  Elizabeth  
  Scottish girls name from the Hebrew God is perfection. Although declining slightly in popularity, it is still a very commonly used name.  
  Ellen  
  Scottish girls name which in reality is more of an abbreviation of Helen. Rarely used nowadays  
  Elma  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear, but probably from Wilhelmina  
  Elsa  
  Scottish girls name which is really a shortened version of Elizabeth  
  Elsie  
  Scottish girls name which is another shortened version of Elizabeth.  
  Elspeth  
  Scottish girls name which is a shortened version of Elizabeth. Often a variant Elspet or Elspie is also used.  
  Emily  
  Scottish girls name which is derived from a Roman Clan name (Aemilius)  
  Emma  
  thought to originate in Germany, means Universal  
  Enya  
  Scottish girls name which means jewel  
 
 
  Euphemia  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Greek for well spoken of. Effie is often used as the shortened version.  
  Eva  
  Scottish girls name though to originate from the Hebrew for lively or full of life  
  Evelyn  
  Scottish girls name whose origins are unclear emanating from either the Old French Aveline (hazel nut) or from the Irish Avelina  
  Fenella  
  Scottish girls name from the Gaelic for white shoulder  
  Fiona  
  Scottish Gaelic: The fair one. Irish Gaelic: A vine  
  Flora  
  Scottish girls name from the latin for flowers.  
  Florence  
  Scottish girls name originating in the Latin for flourishing  
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