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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.

 
  Craig  
  A Scottish boys name derived from Crag or cliff  
  Crawford  
  A Scottish boys name which is also a Lanarkshire place name. Originally thought to mean a ford where crows gather  
  Crighton  
  A Scottish boys name which is more common as a surname  
  Cuthbert  
  A Scottish boys name, very popular in the Lothian Region  
  Cyril  
  A Scottish boys name now much more common in the neighbouring England. Derives from a Greek word for Lord  
  Dalziel  
  From the little field pronounced D L  
  Daniel  
  Scottish boys name but also extensively used in Ireland. Comes from the Hebrew for God has judged  
  Darren  
  Scottish boys name of obscure origin.  
  David  
  Scottish boys name from the Hebrew for beloved.  
  Davis  
  David's son  
  Denholm  
  A Scottish surname which is sometimes used as a Christian or first name. It is also the name of a town in Roxburghshire  
  Denis  
  Scottish boys name originating in Greek and Latin from the name Dionysus or lame god. Although not a strange name it has, to some degree, fallen from fashion.  
  Derek  
  Scottish boys name thought to originate in Dutch (Diederick) or the German Dietrich. Consists of a combination of meanings of people and ruler  
  Diarmid  
  Scottish boys name which is perhaps more popularly used in Ireland. Originating in Celtic legend he was the Celtic version of Achilles  
  Dodie  
  Commonly used abbreviation for David  
  Domhnall  
  Gaelic boys name which is a version of Donald meaning, world mighty  
  Don  
  The ruler of the world. From the name Donald and other `Don' names  
 
 
  Donald  
  Scottish boys name which is a version of the Gaelic Domhnall meaning, world mighty  
  Dorrell  
  Mainly used in Ireland but of Scottish origin meaning "the Kings Gatekeeper"  
  Douglas  
  from the dark water  
  Drummond  
  Scottish boys name which is more often a surname than Christian name. It is a well known clan name in Scotland.  
  Duff  
  Dark haired, or of a dark complexion  
  Dugald  
  Scottish boys name originating from Ireland and describing the visiting (and not in a good way!) Danes  
  Duncan  
  Dark skinned warrior  
  Dunmore  
  From the fortress on the hill  
  Edgar  
  More often associated with English names this is the name of a Scottish King who reigned from 1097 to 1107  
  Edward  
  Scottish boys name which is more common in England. Originates in Old English and means a combination of rich, happy and guardian  
  Edwin  
  Another Scottish boys name which is more commonly used in England. Composed of elements meaning rich and friend  
  Elliot  
  Scottish boys name which is derived from an old Borders (Geographic area of Scotland) surname  
  Eoin  
  Form of John  
  Errol  
  to wander  
  Erskine  
  From the heights  
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