Scotland: The land of rolling hills and lochs, bagpipes, whiskey, centuries-old castles, and some of the coolest, yet timeless, baby names we've ever heard. And while we're equally as interested in each aforementioned aspect of names, we're going to focus on the timeless bit. After rounding up some of our favorite French gender-neutral baby names and then taking a look at some of the coolest British monikers, we decided it was time to head further north for some baby-naming inspiration.
The best part about Scottish baby names? Most of them are gender-neutral, unique, and classic, which makes them easy favorites on our list of potential baby names. Take a look at our top favorites, add them to your own list, and then learn about the history behind each name.
The Best Scottish Baby Names
How to Say It: FIN-lee
Behind the Name: In Gaelic, Finlay means small blond soldier, and the Scottish interpretation is more along the lines of "fair hero." Like it's meaning, this name exhibits a bold, independent, and disciplined spirit.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Fiona, Macaulay, and Scottie
How to Say It: LOHK-len
Behind the Name: Lachlan means "of the lake," which speaks to gorgeous lochs (lakes in Gaelic) of Scotland. It used to refer to the Vikings who invaded Scotland.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Declan, Gideon, and Gavin
How to Say It: ROH-ree
Behind the Name: Rory means "Red King" and has Celtic roots. It rolls right off the tongue, which gives it a buoyant, energizing beauty. It's often used as a nickname for Lorelei or Aurora, but stands on its own well, too.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Ivar, Myra, and Rowena
How to Say It: AYNZ-lee
Behind the Name: Ainslie means "one's own meadow." How empowering is that? It feels both classic and edgy, which is perfect for a baby to grow into.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Ailis, Archie, and Maeve
How to Say It: GREER
Behind the Name: Greer means alert, vigilant, and watchful, which is a nice strong contrast to the upbeat and snappy one syllable sound. It strikes a nice balance between being eclectic and simple.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Ewan, Keir, and Muir
How to Say It: SKIY
Behind the Name: A beautiful little island off the Scottish coast, this Scottish name has a bohemian ring to it. Name your child Skye so they always remind you of the calm and ethereal blue upper atmosphere.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Kyla, Isla, and Lyle
How to Say It: LOH-gen
Behind the Name: Directly translating to "little hollow" in Gaelic, Logan is a very rich and resonant name. It has a friendly and direct sound, which is quite the opposite of hollowness.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Angus, Lorna, and Sloan
How to Say It: AL-e-stayr
Behind the Name: The Gaelic form of Alexander, Alastair means "defender of mankind." It has a reputation as being posh and sophisticated, though it also feels playful.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Blair, Sinclair, and Rhiannon
How to Say It: KAM-din
Behind the Name: It means "winding valley" but it's also a place name. The name Camden is a great alternative to Cameron or Connor if you're looking for something that's a little less common in the U.S.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Paden, Calum, and Campbell
How to Say It: LENN-ux
Behind the Name: Lennox means elm grove, which is great if you love subtle tree-inspired names. Though it's a Scottish name with a lot of history, it feels current and fresh.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Leith, Kendrix, and Knox
How to Say It: WAH-lis
Behind the Name: Wallace (which is also often spelled Wallis), means "Welshman." It sounds strong, sophisticated, and friendly. Traditional yet offbeat, this name is an easy Scottish favorite.
Similar Scottish Baby Names: Maeve, Saundra, and Brice