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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.

 
  Laurence  
  Scottish boys name whose origins are Latin and mean someone from the town of Laurentum  
  Lee  
  Scottish boys name although can also be used as a girls name and its meaning is derived from the placename meaning wood, clearing or pasture.  
  Leith  
  A broad river. A Scottish placename (near edinburgh)  
  Lennox  
  Scottish boys name which is more commonly a surname but can be used as a first name. Origins in the placename meaning near the Elm trees  
  Leonard  
  Scottish boys name from the Germanic meaning bold or lion hearted. Often shortened to Lenny  
  Leslie  
  Meadowlands. From an ancient surname. Boy's spelling of name  
  Lewis  
  Scottish boys name whose origins could be either in the placename (Island of ) or from the French Louis  
  Liam  
  Often thought of as an Irish name but this name is used in Scotland also. Simply a shortened or "pet name" of William  
  Lindsay  
  This can be a Scottish boy or girls name (same spelling). originally a Clan surname can be used as a first name. Thought to originate from an English or Norman placename.  
  Logan  
  Small cove  
  Logan  
  Rarely used Scottish boys name, but more common as a surname.  
  Ludovic  
  Scottish boys name which origiantes in Latin. Also, could be Gaelic in origin meaning servant of the church  
  Lulach  
  Very unusual Scottish boys name which is rarely used and probably means little calf  
  Lyle  
  Scottish boys name which is more common as a surname. Origins are from Norman French and means little island  
  Mac  
  The son of. Also, shortened version of Alexander  
  Macdonald  
  The son of Donald  
  Mackenzie  
  The son of the handsome one  
 
 
  Magnus  
  Scottish boys name from the Latin for great  
  Malcom  
  A follower of St Columba, `the dove  
  Mark  
  Scottish boys name which is taken from the Latin form Marcus and ultimately refers to the Roman god of war  
  Martin  
  Scottish boys name originating in the Latin Mars (meaning God of war)  
  Matthew  
  Scottish boys name from the Hebrew for Jehovahs gift  
  Maurice  
  Scottish boys name from the Latin for a Moor  
  Maxwell  
  From the stream of Magnus  
  Melville  
  Scottish boys name which originates in a Norman placename. More common as a surname  
  Michael  
  Scottish boys name originates in the Hebrew for who is like God.  
  Moffat  
  From the long plain. Also a Scottish Border Town  
  Moray  
  From the land by the sea  
  Moray  
  From the land by the sea  
  Muir  
  The moor  
  Mungo  
  A dear friend  
  Munro  
  Scottish boys name whose origins are much disputed and unclear. More common as a clan surname.  
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