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Scotland or Scottish Boy Baby Names

This page concentrates on Scottish baby Boys names and their meanings. Of course they are mainly first names or Christian names as they are known in some countries, but their are some Scotland family or Scottish surnames also.

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 Boys names page.

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 son named after father's father
  • 2nd son named after mother's father
  • 3rd son named after father
  • 1st daughter named after mother's mother
  • 2nd daughter named after father's mother
  • 3rd daughter named after mother

A very good background to naming traditions can be found on the Scottish Government website.

 
  Barry  
  Scottish boys name which is thought to originate from the town of Barry in Angus.  
  Bean  
  Scottish boys name from the Gaelic for life  
  Beathan  
  Scottish Gaelic form of Benjamin. Son of my right hand  
  Benjamin  
  Scottish boys name from Hebrew origins meaning son of the right hand. Often shortened to Ben or Benjy  
  Bernard  
  Scottish boys name popular in the early 20th century but has since fallen from favour. Originally Germanic, meaning bear and hard.  
  Blair  
  From the plain or field. A boy or girl's name.  
  Bowie  
  Golden haired  
  Boyd  
  Yellow hair  
  Boyd  
  A Scottish surname which is sometimes used as a Christian or first name. Thought to originate from the meaning yellow (as in hair)  
  Bran  
  Scottish boys name from the Gaelic for Raven  
  Brian  
  Another Scottish name more commonly linked with Ireland with the meaning being lost in the mists of time  
  Broderick  
  Scottish boys name whose origins are unclear. It is believed to originate from an old Norse name  
  Bruce  
  Scottish name with origins in France (Brus)  
  Bryce  
  Scottish name more commonly used as a surname. However, can be used as a first name.  
  Cairns  
  Scottish name more commonly used as a surname. A Cairn is a heap of stones used to mark an achievement, landmark or sometimes a grave.  
  Callum  
  Dove  
  Callum  
  Scottish form of a Latin name (Colm) meaning dove  
 
 
  Cameron  
  A crooked nose. From an old Scottish surname  
  Campbell  
  A crooked mouth. The name of one of the great Scottish highland clans  
  Cathal  
  A Scottish boys name which derives from Celtic meaning a battle mighty.  
  Cedric  
  Rarely used Scottish boys name, coming from a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe.  
  Chalmers  
  son of the lord  
  Charles  
  Scottish boys name coming from the Germanic equivalent of Andrew meaning manly or a man  
  Christie  
  A follower of Christ, a Christian. A boy or girl's name  
  Christopher  
  Scottish boys name meaning the one who carries Christ  
  Clark  
  A Scottish boys name which is also a popular surname in Scotland. Original meaning was clergyman or scholar  
  Clunes  
  A resting-place, or meadow  
  Clyde  
  A rarely used Scottish boys name which is in fact a River which flows through Glasgow. Has unfortunate connotations due to its use by slave plantation owners  
  Colin  
  A Scottish boys name with its roots thought to be in the Gaelic "whelp" meaning youth  
  Cornelius  
  A rarely used Scottish boys name with its roots in an obscure Roman clan name  
  Cosmo  
  A Scottish boys name linked to Greek origins meaning ordered system.  
  Craig  
  A rock or crag  
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