Scottish boy's name

(74 Posts)
YokoOhNo Tue 02-Oct-12 13:13:10

I need a classic, Scottish boy's name for unborn DC2. We have a girl's name ready, but are stuck for inspiration for a boy. Something easy to spell and that works in England too, where we are based for a few years.

I don't want anything too difficult to spell, so, much as I like it, Ruardhi is out. And we definitely prefer names that cannot be shortened.

We liked Callum, but English friends have thrown their hands up in horror and muttered the "c" word and that the only they know is Callum Best.

Any ideas?

JollyToddler Tue 02-Oct-12 13:17:13

We have a Harris.

Others are:

Some may not exactly be Scottish, but I know Scottish children with the name.

DessieLou Tue 02-Oct-12 13:17:43

Fraser, Gregor.... can't think of any others that have fairly straightforward spellings!

AppleCrumbleAndFish Tue 02-Oct-12 13:18:03

I like Callum too. What about Cameron or Fraser? Campbell was on our list, but we had girls.

Glen, Ross and Iain are pretty much unshortenable.

weegiemum Tue 02-Oct-12 13:22:14


Lucky you can't have Ruraidh if you spell it your way! grin cos you'd say that "roo-ard-I" <stops being Gaelic pedant and slinks off>

YokoOhNo Tue 02-Oct-12 13:32:37

Ah, yes, sorry about the spelling error!

I'm a big fan of Angus - had about forgotten it. Is it popular in Glasgow at the moment? (our likely destination in Scotland in a few years). Innes is fab, love love love it and would definitely have been on our list had French SIL not had a DD called Ines. Rory - like it!

Can't use Gregor due to completely incompatible surname, which is a shame and we have a Euan, so Struan is out!!!

Cameron and Blair have unwelcome political connotations.

Thanks all! Great suggestions.

Does anyone like Sandy?

Groovee Tue 02-Oct-12 13:34:49

I have a Murray x

MapofTassie Tue 02-Oct-12 13:35:50

I've got a Euan and I also have a Duncan.

JollyToddler Tue 02-Oct-12 13:37:20

Have you seen this link

It has various tables - one is ALL forenames registered in scotland in 2011, another is top 10 names broken down by council area. So you can see the top 10 for glasgow or wherever.


Lovesoftplay Tue 02-Oct-12 13:42:03

Archibald (lol)

YokoOhNo Tue 02-Oct-12 13:45:14

Superb link, Jollytoddler! Thank you. Will get stuck into it later.

Is Ross popular, or will everyone automatically think "Friends"?

I like Murray too. This is super - I can begin a list of names to put to DH that DH will reject in favour of his awful choices

Tomich (pn tom-ish)
Clunes (pn cloo-nis)

missymoomoomee Tue 02-Oct-12 13:50:48


Never watched Friends so it doesn't for me.

How about Hector and Alasdair?

Groovee Tue 02-Oct-12 13:53:22

Euan/Ewan was the original boys name for us but we couldn't agree on the spelling.


bonnieslilsister Tue 02-Oct-12 13:56:56


tattychicken Tue 02-Oct-12 13:57:16

I've got a Fergus? Love Hector, Rory, Angus, and Fraser too.

StillSquiffy Tue 02-Oct-12 14:02:34


All seem to be loved by the English. The more trad ones - Hamish, Duncan, Gordon, etc seem less liked in general.

You could always call him Robert, promouncing it Rabbie when in Scots company and Robbie amongst the English...

PiedWagtail Tue 02-Oct-12 14:06:15


PinkChampagneandStrawberries Tue 02-Oct-12 14:40:26


JollyToddler Tue 02-Oct-12 14:42:51

Lauchlan is unpronounceable for a lot of English accents. It also has more than one spelling - I know a Lachlan and a Lochie, but I'm not sure Lochie is a mainstream spelling. It. Certainly should not have been pronounced Lockee.

BeautifulBlondePineapple Tue 02-Oct-12 15:59:10

I love the name Ross. It's my DH's name though so I never think of Friends at all.

How about Kerr? Not too popular, but easy to spell and definitely Scottish. It's my current fav and I wish I'd called one of my DS's that (one of mine is called Innes smile )

Angus is great too - and not too overused in Glasgow (I don't think so anyway). We seem to be overrun with boys named Lewis, Fraser and Alex.

I liked Sandy & Grant, but they are both some of DH's friends.

EchoBitch Tue 02-Oct-12 16:00:51

I have a Ewan.

countrybump Tue 02-Oct-12 16:03:17


Are they Scottish names?

whatthewhatthebleep Tue 02-Oct-12 16:12:08

I always liked Fergus, Broddie, and called my DS Hugh

Mono1 Tue 02-Oct-12 16:26:22

I have an Alastair growing up in London ( a Jockney). Oddly the most common comment we get is"oh that's a posh name". I don't think so. I liked that it can be Al or Ally as he wishes.

celtiethree Wed 03-Oct-12 22:33:33

I like Sandy nn for Alexander
Not sure what's wrong with Callum, I like it but there seem to be 2 in every class in the school that my DS goes to.

bubbles1231 Wed 03-Oct-12 22:42:16

I have a Stewart and a Jamie (that's his given name, not a shortened form of James). I also like Hamish and Coinneach

LizLemon007 Wed 03-Oct-12 23:14:59

/gregor, lorcan, douglas, bruce

don't like lewis, fraser or harris. they just seem like the sur name trend. Not scottish.

LizLemon007 Wed 03-Oct-12 23:15:39


Seriously like? Doesn't that mean, ahem? Mathanxiety,step in here.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Wed 03-Oct-12 23:42:50

Sorry if this is obvious, but Andrew is the patron saint of scotland!!

alwayspregnant Wed 03-Oct-12 23:51:43

I like Kerr, Innes, Callum and Blair.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Wed 03-Oct-12 23:54:16

Sorry to be obvious, but Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

weegiemum Wed 03-Oct-12 23:56:29

As far as I recall, coinneach means 'rabbit' in Gaelic. My kids are in gem so I'm pretty sure, but they're asleep!

thegreylady Thu 04-Oct-12 15:56:21

Fergus is great. I like Murdo and Rory too.

LizLemon007 Thu 04-Oct-12 15:59:11

I thought it meant something else, you know, poonannnee confused

Netguru Thu 04-Oct-12 16:03:22

Dh is Alastair
Bil is Douglas
Ds is Archie
Bf is Fraser

StellaNova Thu 04-Oct-12 20:38:01

I wanted Scottish-ish names for my two (DH is Scottish), we ended up with Alexander and Jamie but I also liked Hugh (but not the nickname Shug...), Douglas, Hamish and Angus. We were considering Prentice at one point, from the book Crow Road, but too evocative of Alan Sugar...

Figgygal Thu 04-Oct-12 20:39:35

Not that i think there will be a ds 2 but if there was he will be Robert/Robbie

WitchityBroom Sat 06-Oct-12 18:06:45

Kester? A Scottish variant of Christopher, I think. It's a nice name and easy to pronounce for English people.

IceCubes Sat 06-Oct-12 18:13:07

Sholto is lovely smile

amck5700 Sat 06-Oct-12 20:19:54


margerykemp Sat 06-Oct-12 20:55:35

Kyle means strip of land, think kyle of lochalsh and cannot be shortened

Cairn or Munro are mountains

Lewis is very popular atm

I really like Kelvin and Calvin












dont do Angus it is the kind of names DCs get teased for, same goes for Hamish and Malcolm

Bingdweller Sun 07-Oct-12 21:18:32

Callan is lovely - wish I'd called my DS Callan instead of the more popular safe name we opted for!

RubberNeckerNicker Sun 07-Oct-12 21:40:13

Alban is my favourite scottish name

JollyJack Sun 07-Oct-12 21:46:11

Would you pronounce that awlban or ahlban, rubbernecker?

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 07-Oct-12 21:50:06

I like Atholl.

RubberNeckerNicker Sun 07-Oct-12 22:37:58

All-ban (but I'm not scottish, so they might have other ideas grin)

amck5700 Sun 07-Oct-12 22:45:23

I'm scottish, I'd simply say Al-ban.

Don't have Kyle - it's a bit schemey now.....and Frazer should be Fraser, let the Yanks keep the "z"!

We almost went for Cairn but wimped out.

You could also have Moray (Murray) or Nairn.

JollyJack Sun 07-Oct-12 22:47:46

I'm scottish too, but it's not a name I've ever come across.

I had hoped it was pronounced like Alba but with an n on the end. I rather like it smile

amck5700 Sun 07-Oct-12 22:52:11

Jolly - yes exactly - Alba with an n - that's what I was trying to say - I have come across one before - it's a sort of Edinburgh public school name I would say - well, it probably wasn't but is now if you see what I mean - these names used to be used by your bog standard country folk but now they have been adopted by the upper/middle classes after they stopped with the Farquar type names and started going for the Hamish/Magnus etc names

JollyJack Sun 07-Oct-12 22:56:00

I'm just wondering if I can convince DH to go for it!

I love your description!

WinkyWinkola Sun 07-Oct-12 22:57:19


amck5700 Sun 07-Oct-12 22:59:31


amck5700 Sun 07-Oct-12 23:01:00

I'd stick with the short sound - if you stretch out the Alll bit, it's in danger of sounding like All bran.

sarahtigh Sun 07-Oct-12 23:02:45

I think OP said not diffiuclt to spell I so I would rule out Gaekic names that are not pronounced as written anything with ch will be pronounced ck in England think lock not loch

depends where in Scotland the roots are

lewis/ harris are islands and really quite common now

donald and murdo were very common but now much less so

to go with Euan, ( avoid Hamish / Innes and John) I would suggest Robert. alasdair alexander (nn Sandy) possibly Angus

amck5700 Sun 07-Oct-12 23:04:08


PoppadomPreach Sun 07-Oct-12 23:07:08

I liked Adair but was vetoed by DH.

Calum is fabulous, especially when spelt the traditional way with one 'l'. There may be many, but there are far more Jacks, Olivers and Harrys. Not sure why your friends rolled their eyes at the name!?

amck5700 Sun 07-Oct-12 23:11:18

I loved Calum but my sister got there first admittedly 6 years before I had any children grin

I had a Craig instead but loved Gregor too.

OhBuggerandArse Mon 08-Oct-12 10:16:08

Rabbit is coineanach (or rabaid, depending on where you're from).

Coinneach is a fine name, that gets anglicised as Kenneth.

shoppingtrolley Mon 08-Oct-12 14:16:43

Callum is wonderful. I hardly know who Callum Best is -- is he a footballer? At any rate, by the time your little Callum grows up Callum Best will be way off the scene. It'll be your little one's world then, not the world of us / you and your friends and contemporary references. Good luck!

YankeeAlphaBooingUniform Mon 08-Oct-12 19:54:27


scurryfunge Mon 08-Oct-12 19:58:48

I really liked Kentigern with nickname Mungo. I was vetoed. We now have an Angus instead.

YankeeAlphaBooingUniform Mon 08-Oct-12 20:00:55

Mungo is lovely, I would never have put thta as a nickname for Kentigern though.

What about Ninian, Murdo, Kenrick?

kittencuddles Fri 12-Oct-12 06:54:31

What about Stuart? Or Montgomery, Ambrose, Kerr, Moray, William, James (jimmy), Donald, Archie.

These are all names in our Scottish family

dementedma Fri 12-Oct-12 22:12:23

We are in Scotland and it does depend a bit on "class" what the popular names are.
DS has friends who are Scott,Calum,Kieran,Kyle etc
More "upper class" are Ruaridh,Archie,Calum,Iain,Alisdair, Munro,Jamie
Older generation are Stuart,Neil,Douglas,Gordon,Jim

mawbroon Fri 12-Oct-12 22:24:14

I have a Sandy. Not Alexander, just Sandy. Haven't met any others so far.

scottishmummy Fri 12-Oct-12 22:55:27


lurkerspeaks Mon 15-Oct-12 21:58:43

I love Sandy.... Alexander has gone in my family but I wind the 'user' of it up by calling her son Sandy. She hates the abbreviation!

I would go with something easy and not wacky - Rory/ Calum/ Fraser/ Hamish (love it!)/ Gregor/

Spelling/ Pronunciation will possible be an issue if you go for anything wacky(my friends daughter in the South East is universally known as eye-lid which is sad as Eilidh is a lovely name).

BonaDea Tue 16-Oct-12 10:08:30

I love Struan.

There's also Magnus and Mungo (St Mungo is the patron saint of Glasgow), but it is probably quite teaseable.

Also love Alexander, shortened to Sandy.

Lachlan is on our list as well (as far as I know it is not spelled Lauchlan, but Lachlan, pronounced Lochlan, but I guess you can spell it however you like). It's a really popular name in Australia.

BonaDea Tue 16-Oct-12 10:09:29

lurkerspeaks - I LOVE eilidh for a girl, but DH has objected to it for the 'Eyelid' reason (he is English, I am Scottish and we live in London)

BonaDea Tue 16-Oct-12 10:10:11

Oooh - and Kirk.

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