Scottish girls names

Scotland is a country boasting stunning views and is rich in tradition. As surnames have an important significance in Scotland, many traditional surnames are now used as first names. Many Scottish names are from Gaelic roots. Below are a list of Scottish names for your baby girl. For boys names go to Scottish boys names.

Traditional girls names from Scotland. Remember to check out the Scottish baby names map.

Aileen

From the old Irish word which means noble. Light. It is a Scottish variant spelling on the name Eileen, which means pleasant and is derived from the Irish Gaelic Eibhlin. Famous Scots named Aileen include the Scottish politician Aileen Campbell.

Annabel

Beautiful and ‘God has favoured me’. The name first came into use in Scotland in the 12th century, but didn’t become a popular name until the 19th century. It is a combination of the name ‘Ann’ and the French word ‘belle’ which means beautiful. Famous Scots named Annabel include the politician Annabel Goldie.

Annie

God has favoured me. Annie is a pet form of Anne, and is most often associated with a little orphan with red curly hair and her mischievious ways! Famous Scots named Annie include the singer/songwriter Annie Lennox.

Alba

This is the ancient name for ‘Scotland’. The name also means ‘white’, and is popular as a boy’s name in Spain and Italy, as well as for a Scottish girl. The name was used by Gaelic speakers as the name given to the former kingdom of the Picts.

Alison

Of noble kind. This is the popular Scottish form of the medieval Norman French Alice, by adding the suffix –on. Alternative spellings include: Allison and Allyson and the pet name Ally (which is also a popular Scottish boy’s pet name). Famous Scots named Alison include the journalist and baby columnist Alison Craig.

Ailsa

The name is a form of Elsa, which comes from the Hebrew ‘Elizabeth’, which means consecrated to God. The modern Scottish spelling comes from the famous Scottish landmark ‘Ailsa Craig’ is an island in the outer Firth of Clyde where blue hone granite is quarried.

Bonnie

Pretty, sweet, beautiful, good and fair of face. A Scottish girl is often referred to as ‘bonnie’ if she is pretty. The name is popular mainly in Scotland, and English speaking countries. Famous people named Bonnie include the actress Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Catriona

Pure. This is the Gaelic form of the name Catherine/Katherine. It is derived from the Greek word ‘katharos’ which means pure and is a popular name in Scotland and Ireland. Famous Scots named Catriona include the newsreader and journalist Catriona Shearer.

Fiona

Fair, white. The name is Gaelic in origin. This Scottish spelling is an alternative female version of the Irish masculine Finn or Fionn. Fiona is thought to have been created by the 19th century male writer William Sharp, who used it as his pen name, Fiona MacLeod. Famous Scots named Fiona include MSP Fiona Hyslop, and of course the Scottish animated cartoon character, Shrek’s wife Princess Fiona!

Flora (Floraidh)

Flower. Floraidh is the Gaelic form of the English Flora. Flora is an anglicized version of the Gaelic name ‘Fionnuala’. Famous Scots named Flora include Flora MacDonald, famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at Culloden. Flora became a popular Highland name from then on.

Heather

Heather. The name is derived from the name of the brightly coloured shrub which is indigenous to Scotland and commonly grows in rocky areas. It comes from the Scottish word ‘Haeddre’ which can be traced to the 14th century. Famous people bearing the Scottish name include singer Heather Small, and the actress Heather Graham.

Isobel

Consecrated to God, or my God is a vow. The name is a Scottish version of Elizabeth, and a Scottish variant spelling of Isabel, which is a Spanish derivative of Elizabeth which travelled from Spain to France, and finally to England and Scotland. Famous Scots named Isobel include the singer Isobel Campbell.

Jean

God is gracious, or God’s gracious gift. The name is the feminine version of John, and a Scots variation on the English Jane. Famous Scots include the formidable school teacher Miss Jean Brodie who is the heroine of the novel ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’.

Lorna

Crowned with laurel. The name was originally made up by the Scottish writer R.D Blackmore for the romantic heroine of his 1869 novel Lorna Doone.

Murron

Sea white, or sea fair. The Scottish version of the name derives from the Irish Muirrean, and is thought to be a feminine version of the ancient name Murphy. Famous Scots named Murron include the wife of the Scottish warrior William Wallace.

Morven

Possibly from the Gaelic meaning ‘big peak’. Name of mountains in Aberdeenshire and Caithness, and various other locations in Scotland. Morven is also the name of a mythical Gaelic poem by Ossian.

Mairead

Pearl. Mairead is the Gaelic form of Margaret, which comes from the Greek word ‘margaron’ which means pearl. Whilst still a popular Scottish name, it is now increasingly popular in Ireland.

Lulu

Light or famous warrior. Lulu was originally a pet form of the names Lucy and Louise, and the definition depends on which version the parents choose as their derivative. It has become increasingly popular as a name in its own right, particularly since the popularity of the Scottish singer Lulu.

Rhona

A derivative spelling of the name of the Scottish Island Rona. The Island was said to be the residence of Saint Ronan until the 8th century. Famous Scots named Rhona include the comedienne Rhona Cameron, and Rhona Martin, the Scottish curler.

Shona

Gracious God. Shona is the Irish/Scottish variation of Joan, which is another feminine derivative of the male name John. Famous Scots named Shona include Shona Robison, the Scottish politician.

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