Scottish girl names are a diverse group.... but they're all rich with the history and culture of this small but colorful country.
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.
You'll see that some of the Scottish girl names on this list have the suffix 'ina'. This is a uniquely Scottish trait!
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).
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 |
|Alison|| Old German |
Meaning 'noble sort' or 'nobility'. First recorded during 12th century
|Ann|| Hebrew |
|Annag|| Gaelic |
Scottish Gaelic form of Anna. Meaning 'graceful' or 'grace'.
|Annis|| Gaelic |
Scottish Gaelic form of Agnes. Meaning 'chaste' or 'holy'.
|Arabel|| Roman |
|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 |
|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.
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...
11. Lily (tied with Lucy)
11. Lucy (tied with Lily)
18. Harper (new addition)
19. Hannah (new addition)
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:
19. Eilidh (new addition. Pronounced Ay-lee)
20. Mia (new addition)
Taking a look at the most popular Scottish girl names for 2020 you can see below that Olivia has been toppled from the #1 spot, and replaced with Isla. This is the first time Isla has been in the number one spot.
One of my daughters is expecting a baby and Isla is her first pick for a girl, so it's interesting to know that it's popular right now!
Although they don't feature in the top 20 Scottish baby girl names listed below, two names that made huge leaps this year are Maeve and Ayda.
These names and stats are from the birth registration records in Scotland for 2020. Want to know more? See the full PDF report from the National Records of Scotland HERE.
15. Maisie (new addition)
19. Aria & Ellie (tied)
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....