Scottish Girl Names

Scottish girl names are a diverse group.... but they're all rich with the history and culture of this small but colorful country.

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We've put together a hand-picked selection of Scottish baby girl names.

Some are traditional (ancient Celtic or Gaelic, or Olde English) , others have the flavor of European countries who have touched Scottish history.

You'll also find the meaning of each name so that you can pick the perfect 'fit' for your little one. 

Naming Traditions For Girls In Scotland

You'll see that some of the Scottish girl names on this list have the suffix 'ina'. This is a uniquely Scottish trait!

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It was traditional to add these three letters to the end of a boys name to turn it into the feminine version.

And sometimes the name would then just be shortened to 'Ina', resulting in a lot of 'Inas' all with different forenames. A little confusing at times.

In Scotland, 'first' names are know as 'forenames', and 'last' names as 'surnames'.

If you'd like to learn more about the naming culture in Scotland CLICK HERE (link will open in a new window).

As an added 'bonus' we've added the 'Top 20 Girl Names in Scotland' for the years 2016, 2017/18 and 2019 below the list.


Origin & Meaning

Adamina Hebrew
Feminine form of Adam, meaning 'formed of the red earth'
Agnes Greek
Meaning 'chaste' or 'holy'. First recorded during 14th century. Sometimes became 'Nancy'
Ailsa Old German
Meaning 'noble maiden'.
Aileen Gaelic
From the Gaelic 'Eilidh' meaning 'rays of sunshine'. Sometimes became Eilean or Ilene.
Ailith Olde English
Meaning 'seasoned warrior'
Ainslie Olde English
Meaning 'hermitage meadow'. Also Scottish surname
Alana Gaelic
Meaning 'beautiful'
Alison Old German
Meaning 'noble sort' or 'nobility'. First recorded during 12th century
Ann Hebrew
Meaning 'graceful'.
Annag Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Anna. Meaning 'graceful' or 'grace'.
Annis Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Agnes. Meaning 'chaste' or 'holy'.
Arabel Roman
Meaning 'prayerful'.
Barbara Greek
Meaning 'strange' or 'foreign'.
Blair Gaelic
Meaning 'field', 'plain' or 'battlefield'. A unisex name first recorded during 12th century.
Bridget Gaelic
From Irish Celtic. After a Celtic Goddess. Meaning 'power' or 'strength'.
Cairstine Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Christina. Meaning 'believer or follower of Christ'.
Catriona Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Catherine, meaning 'pure'. Dates back to the time of the Crusaders.
Davina Hebrew
Feminine form of David, meaning 'beloved'.
Donalda Gaelic
Feminine form of Donald, meaning 'world ruler'
Deoiridh Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic, meaning 'pilgrim'.
Elspeth Scottish
Scottish variant of the Hebrew Elizabeth, meaning 'God is my oath'.
Emilia Roman
Meaning 'winning'. Often seen as Emily.
Fenella Gaelic
Meaning 'white shoulders' or 'fair shoulders'.
Fiona Gaelic
From Irish Gaelic meaning 'fair one' or 'white'.
Flora Italian
Meaning 'flower'. Was a popular name in the Scottish Highlands.
Heather Anglo Saxon
Meaning 'as the heather'. Popular due to native Scottish plant with the same name.
Hilda Old German
Meaning 'battle maid' or 'woman of battle'.
Gavina Celtic
Feminine form of Gavin, meaning 'white hawk' or 'hawk woman'.
Greer Scottish
Unisex name derived from the Scottish surname, meaning 'watchful' or 'vigilant'.
Innis Gaelic
Unisex name, from the Gaelic 'inis' meaning 'island'.
Isla Olde English
From Scottish word 'Islay' meaning island.
Isobel European
From Spanish Isobella, meaning 'God is my oath' or 'Gods' consecrated'. Came to Scotland from Europe in 13th century.
Jamesina European
Scottish feminine form of James (Spanish), meaning 'supplanter'.
Jean French
Scottish form of Jeanne, meaning 'God is gracious'. Popular for centuries.
Kirstine Scottish
Scottish form of Christine, meaning 'believer or follower of Christ'. Often shortened to Kirsty. (Also see Cairistine).
Lachina Norwegian
Feminine form of Lachlan, meaning 'lake land' or 'land of lochs'.
Lyall Old Norse
Unisex name, from Scottish surname. Meaning 'shield wolf'.
Margaret Greek
Meaning 'precious' or 'pearl'. Became popular during 11th century.
Mairi Hebrew
Scottish version of Mary, meaning 'bitter'.
Morag Gaelic
Scottish version of Sarah, meaning 'princess'
Murdina Celtic
Feminine form of Murdoch, meaning 'warrior of the sea'.
Rhona Old Norman
Meaning 'wise ruler'. Dates back to 7th century.
Sorcha Gaelic
Meaning 'radiant'.
Thomasina Hebrew
Feminine version of Thomas, meaning 'twin'.
Una Gaelic
Irish Gaelic originally. Meaning 'famine or hunger'.

If you want to see which girl names are popular in Scotland today, here's a (provisional) list of the Top 20 Scottish Girl Names for 2016  (according to the National Records of Scotland website).

There aren't too many of the traditional Scottish girl names listed above, but you'll see some modern variants.

1. Olivia

2. Emily

3. Sophie

4. Isla

5. Ava

6. Amelia

7. Jessica

8. Ella

9. Lucy

10. Charlotte

11. Aria

12. Ellie

13. Lily

14. Freya

15. Grace

16. Sophia

17. Chloe

18. Evie

19. Emma

20. Millie

To see learn more about the trends and statistics of baby names in Scotland, check out this page Babies First Names 2016

The Top 20 Scottish Girls Names for 2017 recorded by the National Records of Scotland website has mostly the same names as in 2016, with two new ones creeping in.

The order has changed, some names have moved up and some down. Here's how the table looks for 2017...

1. Olivia

2. Emily

3. Isla

4. Sophie

5. Jessica

6. Amelia

7. Ava

8. Ella

9. Charlotte

10. Aria

11. Lily (tied with Lucy)

11. Lucy (tied with Lily)

13. Freya

14. Grace

15. Ellie

16. Evie

17. Sophia

18. Harper (new addition)

19. Hannah (new addition)

20. Millie

According to the National Records of Scotland not a whole lot changed for 2018, but there are a couple of new additions (while Millie and Hannah drop out of the top 20.

So, the list of the most popular girls names in Scotland for 2018 is:

1. Olivia

2. Emily

3. Isla

4. Sophie

5. Amelia

6. Ella

7. Ava

8. Grace

9. Aria

10. Jessica

11. Charlotte

12. Sophie

13. Lily

14. Lucy

15. Freya

16. Evie

17. Harper

18. Ellie

19. Eilidh (new addition)

20. Mia (new addition)

Try this interesting Scottish baby names app to see name trends in Scotland since 1974.

Just type in any name for a quick look at how the popularity of that name has changed over the years. It's super easy and fun to do.

More help with choosing Scottish girl names!

Of course there are many (MANY) more Scottish baby names for you to consider.

Here are some books that can help you pick that perfect fit for your little princess....

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