Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave, you should know that this week Scotland decides whether it’s in or out of the Union. The vote is of personal interest to me as my sister recently moved to Aberdeen for University – so there’s every chance she might soon be living in a different country to me. This also means I’ve been in Scotland a few times this summer, and on my last drive through Scotland in the weekend just gone I was slightly saddened to see the vast majority of the Vote No signs in farmer’s fields to have been vandalised.
So today and tomorrow, we’re looking at Scottish forms of popular names. If Scotland does become independent, a thing of interest to me as a name nerd would be whether independence will lead to a resurgence in legitimate Scottish names.
Scotland releases it’s name data separately to England&Wales, so the rankings quoted below are for Scotland 2013.
AIDEN (#45) – Iagan, Edan
ALEXANDER (#7) – Alasdair (#177), Sawny, Alistair (#130), Alastair (#357)
ARTHUR (#142) – Artair
CHRISTOPHER (#75) – Christie, Kester
DAVID (#36) – Dàibhidh
EDWARD (#130) – Eideard
FRANKIE (#177) – Frang
GEORGE (#84) – Deòrsa, Seòras
HARRY (#10) – Hendry, Eanraig
JACK (#1) – Seoc, Jock, Iain
JAMES (#2) – Hamish (#93), Seumas (#434)
JOSEPH (#49) – Seòsaidh
LAURENCE (#434) – Labhrainn
OLIVER (#4) – Amhlaidh, Aulay
THOMAS (#21) – Tam, Tamhas, Tavish
WILLIAM (#39) – Uilleam