Scottish Names

Scottish Forms of Popular Names, Female

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Like yesterday we’re looking at the Scottish forms of some popular names. Again, the ranks quoted come from the Scotland 2013 set of data.

ALICE – Aileas

ANNA – Annag, Nandag

BEATRICE – Beitris

CAITLIN (#72)- Caitriona, Catriona (#413)

CHRISTINA (#344) – Cairistìona, Kirstin

ELEANOR (#147) – Eilionoir, Eilidh (#23)

ELIZABETH (#93) – Ealasaid, Elspet, Elspeth (#413)

FRANCESCA (#183) – Frangag

ISABELLA (#40) – Iseabail, Ishbel, Beileag, Isobel (#147)

KIRSTY (#213) – Ciorstaidh

LILY (#11) – Lillias, Lileas

LUCY (#5) – Liùsaidh

MARGARET (#319) – Maisie (#47), Mairead, Maighread, Peigi

MARY (#254) – Màiri, Mhairi (#344)

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Scottish Forms of Popular Names, Male

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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

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Popular Names in Scotland

I’ve been playing around with the name data from Scotland a lot recently, and there’s been a few surprising finds for me in terms of what names are in Scotland’s Top 100, here’s a quick overview of the six names I was pleasantly surprised to see making an appearance:

BOYS

1. Fraser

He ranks at an impressive #53, and is a Scottish surname turned popular first name. The origins of the name remain unclear, although many relate it to the French fraise, hence taking the name to mean strawberry. However, this meaning remains disputed.

2. Hamish

Ranking at #98 he just sneaks in to the Top 100, the name derives from the name Seumas which is the Scottish version of James. The name therefore means supplanter. This name often frequents the London Telegraph Birth Announcements.

3. Angus

Our last male name ranked at #73, and he derives from Aonghus which possibly means strength. Perhaps the most famous Angus from Scotland will be the Aberdeen Angus, which are a breed of cattle popularly used in beef production. British actress Celia Imrie has a son born circa 1994 named Angus.

GIRLS

1. Iona

A surprise for me, Ben Fogle has two children named Ludo and Iona. The name derives from Old Norse and simply means island, so you could consider her as an alternative to the more popular elsewhere name Isla. Then name ranked at #67 in 2011.

2. Eilidh

She comes as a diminuative from Eilionoir, which is the Scottish version of Eleanor. This name is sometimes taken as the Gaelic form of Helen, a name which means torch. She’s the highest ranking of the three at #26.

3. Mirren

Ranking at #95, this is the name of actress Dame Helen Mirren, albeit a stage name for her real name Helen Lydia Mironoff. I asked on Formspring a few moons ago whether one preferred Mirren or Merrin and the tally currently stands at 4 1/2 for Merrin and 5 1/2 for Mirren so they seem pretty evenly split.

To those inspired to know more, here’s a complete list of all the names in the Scottish Top 100 [2011] which do not rank in the US Top 1000:

Beth #71 Mirren #95
Eilidh #26 Neve #83
Freya #16 Niamh #41
Imogen #73 Orla #52
Iona #67 Poppy #46
Lucie #88 Robyn #83
Maisie #38 Rosie #73
Alfie #24 Finlay #21
Angus #73 Fraser #53
Archie #41 Hamish #98
Arran #67 Harris #49
Blair* #87 Murray #72
Calum #64 Ollie #81
Ciaran #100 Robbie #65
Euan #62 Ruaridh #85
Ewan #79 Zak #95
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