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Scottish Forms of Popular Names, Male



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:


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.


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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Princess Merida, from

Ariel and Jasmine are the classic examples of names which can both attribute some of their popularity to a Disney film. Logically speaking, therefore, upcoming Disney films could feature future starlets of the name world.

And the most recent release of Tangled has shown just that – the male lead character was called Flynn. Well, nicknamed Flynn for Eugene. At the same time, the Disney Channel Original Series Good Luck Charlie is about to welcome child no.5. The names of the currently four of them are:

  • ‘PJ’
  • ‘Teddie’
  • Gabriel ‘Gabe’
  • Charlotte ‘Charlie’

Teddie is female, and I’m fairly certain it’s short for something; I haven’t the foggiest what, though. As for the name of no.5, if I’m honest, none of the names on the poll really stood out for me when I went to cast my vote, but here are the ones in contention:

  • Sydney
  • Erika
  • Mallory
  • Talia
  • Jenny
  • Noah
  • Jonah
  • Bobby Jr.
  • Bo

Wreck-it Ralph is due to be released in November 2012, featuring the eponymous character and there’s a fellow character called Fix-It Felix. Ralph and Felix? Both names I’m hearing more and more often, so Disney could be bang on here. For England&Wales in 2010, the names ranked at:

  • Ralph – #258 (2009 ranking: #294)
  • Felix – #122 (2009 ranking: #122)

Ralph comes from Old Norse roots, and means wolf counsel, whilst Felix is well-known for meaning lucky in Latin.

Moving closer to now we get to The Secret World of Arrietty is yet another take on the classic tale of The Borrowers. It was actually released in Japan in 2010, but is due to be released by Disney in the US at the start of 2012. Other members of the Clock family include Pod, Homily and Peagreen. According to the Disney page, it’s AIR-ee-ett-ee, and one could presume that neatly side-steps the issue Harriet and Harry seem to suffer in the States – that being people pronouncing it as they do hairy. One set of parents from 16 and Pregnant have recently welcomed child no. 2, a daughter: Arri.

As much as I loved The Borrowers when I was a kid, the film I’m really looking forward to? Brave. The lead character is to be a redhead, so it can only do wonders for my kind. I did initially believe that the lead female was called Brave, but alas, she’s actually called Merida. Sounds rather mythical, but the film really gets down to choosing whimsical Scottish-esque names when it comes to most of the other already-announced characters:

  • Fergus
  • Elinor
  • Angus
  • Harris
  • Hubert
  • Hamish

I tip my hat to ye Disney. All perfectly wonderful names. But something we should not forget is that Disney don’t just make films for theatrical release, they make plenty for their TV channels, which remain full of inspiration. Frenemies is due to be aired in January 2012,  names from which includes:

  • Avalon
  • Halley
  • Kendall
  • Cherie

Both Geek Charming and Lemonade Mouth have already been released this year, so aren’t upcoming releases per se, but there are some names featured in them which are worth a mention; from the film Geek Charming:

  • Dylan (female)
  • Asher
  • Lola
  • Ari (male)

Ari, Arri and Arrietty in one post from three different sources? It’s certainly not a trend I’d have intended to mention. I guess it makes sense, for me, given the immense popularity of similar sounding Harry and Harriet here in England&Wales – both are Top 100. I guess this is yet another potential trend for me to keep an eye on.

And some names from Lemonade Mouth (which has an upcoming sequel):

  • Wendell ‘Wen’ (male)
  • Mohini ‘Mo’ (female)

To be honest, if I’d seen only the nicknames and had been told one was male and the other female, I’d have guessed the opposite to what they actually are. Does that qualify Wen and Mo for our Girlish Nicknames on Boys post? It probably does.

As a final thought, the Disney Channel Original Series, Shake It Up, has an upcoming film in the works, thus the names of it’s characters qualify for this post:

  • Cecelia ‘Cece’
  • Raquel ‘Rocky’
  • Flynn (brother of Cece)
  • Ty (brother of Rocky)
  • Tinka

All very modern-mama sounding names, and it’s yet another mention of Flynn. Something that has to be said, though, is that Flynn fell between 2009 and 2010: from #216 to #289. It will be interesting to see next year’s list to see where he’s heading next.

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Name Spot of the Week: Sevens Rugby

Rugby Sevens logo from

I love rugby, t’s my favourite sport to watch after Formula 1 (and maybe a decent game of footie), and last weekend was full of Sevens Rugby for me, with Twickenham hosting this time ’round. It’s a fast-paced version of Rugby, with each game just 15 minutes long, and only 7 players per team. It also made for some interesting name spotting:

Aderito (Portugal)

Alafoti (Samoa)

Allister (Scotland)

Biko (Kenya)

Camille (France)

Cecil (South Africa)

Collins (Kenya)

Derek ‘DJ’ (New Zealand)

Diogo (Portugal)

Emosi (Fiji)

Facundo (Spain)

Flavien (France)

Gaston (Argentina)

Gregory (Australia)

Hamish (Australia)

Hernan (Argentina)

Horace (Kenya)

Humphrey (Kenya)

Ifan (Wales)

Ignacio (Spain)

Igor (Russia)

Isoa (England)

Javon (Wales)

Johannes (South Africa)

Lolo (Samoa)

Lote (New Zealand)

Mikhail (Russia)

Mitieli (Fiji)

Ofisa (Samoa)

Peni (Fiji)

Petrus (South Africa)

Ratu (Australia)

Renaud (France)

Renfred (South Africa)

Reupena (Samoa)

Rhodri (Wales)

Roderick ‘Roddy’ (Scotland)

Samuela (Fiji)

Seremaia (Fiji)

Shalom (US)

Sherwin (New Zealand)

Sitiveni (Fiji)

Simaika (Samoa)

Tai (US)

Thyssen (Canada)

Trent (Australia)

Valenese ‘Nese’ (US)

Vasily (Russia)

Victor (Spain&Kenya&Russia)

Walter (Argentina)

Zar (New Zealand)

Elsewhere, sister #1 has a friend over at the moment named Alixx, who claims her name is the Greek version of Alexandra. I’m not exactly sure it is (Alixxandra), but there you go.

Speaking of my sister, I mentioned earlier on this week that my sister had used Clotilde as her confirmation name, what I lacked to mentioned was the confirmation name of another lad being confirmed at the same time: Elmo.

At the weekend, I watched my first episode of Hawaii Five-O, I know I’m a little late coming into it, but the name Kono stood out for me. I love 4 letter -o names for girls, such as Juno and Meno, so it’s a plus.

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