Scottish place names

(128 Posts)
Cosydressinggown Fri 31-May-13 16:38:26

Hello - I need Scottish place names that can also be used as baby names. Any ideas??? So far I can only think of:

Isla
Harris
Lewis
Skye
Dundas

..... ?

sleepyhead Fri 31-May-13 16:40:07

I know of people called Paisley & Tiree.

sleepyhead Fri 31-May-13 16:41:04

I also know a Coll actually.

galwaygirl Fri 31-May-13 16:41:40

Vaila - one of the Shetland Islands. For a girl

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Fri 31-May-13 16:42:20

Angus

Edinburgh ?

sorry...

sleepyhead Fri 31-May-13 16:42:30

Rona - another island name.

LoganMummy Fri 31-May-13 16:43:21

Coire? Think its a mountain.
Lewis
Iona
Ailsa or Craig
Nairn

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Fri 31-May-13 16:44:48

Aberdour
Aberfeldy
Aberfoyle
Alcoa
Androssan
Annan
Arbroath
Argyle
Arran
Auchinleck
Aviemorel
Ayr
Balloch
Bearsden
Beauly
Ben Nevis
Bishopbriggs
Bowmore
Braemar
Brechin
Cala na Creige
Callander
Colonsay (Isle of)
Cowdenbeath
Culross
Carmichael
Carnock
Comrie
Crieff
Cumbrae
Cumnock
Dalkeith
Dingwall (Inbhir Pheofharain)
Dornoch
Dumbarton
Dumfries
Dunbar
Dundee
Dunfermline
Dunkeld
Dunoon
Duntocher
Elgin
Erskinde
Falkirk
Fife
Firth of Clyde
Forres
Galloway
Glencoe
Gleneagles
Glen Gyle
Gourock
Govan
Grangemouth
Gretna
Hamilton
Harris (Isle of)
Huntly
Hurlford
Invenrurie
Inverary
Kelburn
Kerrera (Isle of)
Kiloran
Kilsyth
Kingussie
Kirkcaldy (Cair Chaladain)
Kirkcudbright
Kirkintilloch. (Caer Ceann Tulach)
Kyle of Lochalsh (Caol Loch Ailse)
Larbert
Largs
Lochranza
Lockerbie
Lomond (Loch Lomond)
Lunan
Mallaig
Montrose
Morar
Muirkirk
Nairn
Oban
Partick. (Partaig or Pearraig)
Prestwick
Rosemarkie
Rosyth
Rothesay
Rutherglen
Salen
Sanquhar
Scarista
Stanraer
Strathpeffer. ( Srath Pheofhair)
Stonehaven (Calla Na Creige)
Taigh an Rathaid
Tarbert
Tillicoultry (Tulach Cultraidh)
Tobermory
Trossachs
Turriff
Skye (Isle of)
Ullapool
Vikinga
Whithorn
Wick

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Fri 31-May-13 16:45:24

Oops sorry, I had no idea that was so long!

KatoPotato Fri 31-May-13 16:46:03

Tell me you pasted that list!!

KatoPotato Fri 31-May-13 16:46:55

And you forgot Lenzie and Milngavie!

Bishopbriggs... haha

twooter Fri 31-May-13 16:47:11

Eigg

daimbardiva Fri 31-May-13 16:48:43

Brodie

sleepyhead Fri 31-May-13 17:07:33

Stirling

Anjou Fri 31-May-13 17:14:25

There are hundreds! Male or female? Is it actually for a baby, or is it just hypothetical?

Meringue33 Fri 31-May-13 17:16:01

Kyle
Don
Coe
Forfar
John O'Groats smile

Meringue33 Fri 31-May-13 17:18:03

Oban
Ossian
Tobermory!

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Fri 31-May-13 17:18:49

I pasted the list from yahoo answers! grin blush

I know a Torridon.

weebarra Fri 31-May-13 17:25:01

I was going to say Lenzie! If I wasn't from there and everyone I know would go hmm , I'd consider it for DC3.
Anyway: Coll, Vaila, Angus, Islay, Nairn, Carrick, Rannoch.

MrsBungle Fri 31-May-13 17:27:52

Selkirk

whyno Fri 31-May-13 17:28:48

Alba for a girl. Actually means Scotland in gaelic i think but is a pretty girls name too.

JojoMags Fri 31-May-13 17:39:48

Iona

Dundas? Really?

squoosh Fri 31-May-13 17:40:46

Drumnadrochit.

squoosh Fri 31-May-13 17:41:38

Definitely not Twatt.

ThistleDown Fri 31-May-13 17:42:15

I know an Oban and a Jura.

I know a Leith, I'm sure that's a place near edinburgh.

Blair (as in athol or gowrie)
Athol
Struan (village on Skye)
Fraser(burgh)
Keith
Dallas
Calder
Brae(mar)
Tain
Gair
Augustus
William
Jed(burgh)

farmersdaughter Fri 31-May-13 18:17:26

Moray

As in Morayshire, not a place I know. But Moray or Murray could be nice.

What about Muck? grin

farmersdaughter Fri 31-May-13 18:18:33

Cally as Bridge of Cally in Perthshire?

JollyOrangeGiant Fri 31-May-13 18:22:42

Iona
Kyle
Moray
Elgin
Skye
Harris
Lewis
Fraser
Brodie
Huntly
Ellon
Stirling
Dundee (please don't use this...)
Ness

BabsAndTheRu Fri 31-May-13 18:22:50

Struan

farmersdaughter Fri 31-May-13 18:24:11

Ailsa as the rocky island Ailsa Craig.

Yama Netherlands Fri 31-May-13 18:25:30

My favourite Scottish place names is ....... Findo Gask.

LaChaiseVerte Fri 31-May-13 18:26:04

Shona

Moray is just moray, no shire smile

Girls
Ness
Katrine
Annan
Jura
Kyla

AltogetherAndrews Fri 31-May-13 18:30:55

morven, somewhere up north I think.

FoofFighter Fri 31-May-13 18:33:49

Ecclefechan? grin

Seriously though, I LOVE Struan.

weebarra Fri 31-May-13 18:37:06

Yetts o' Muckhart

sleepyhead Fri 31-May-13 19:50:25

yy to Findo Gask!

I want to write a novel just so I can call the hero Findo Gask.

LemonBreeland Fri 31-May-13 19:52:58

Harris
Arran
Jura
Couper
Cupar
Stirling

LemonBreeland Fri 31-May-13 19:53:50

Glaikit interesting that you put Jura as a girls name. I know a boy called Jura. smile smile

Hopefully Fri 31-May-13 19:54:14

Isla is Islay, in the context of Scottish islands. And whisky (it's my middle name). My sister's middle name is Iona, and I always like that they match.

Hopefully Fri 31-May-13 19:55:29

Oh, and we had a dog called Benbecula, Ben for short.

Hopefully Fri 31-May-13 19:55:55

<contemplates being on a par with the dog>

FoxyRevenger Fri 31-May-13 19:57:25

Yama mine too! Every time we drive past it I really want to go and see what's there.

emacp Fri 31-May-13 20:00:18

I hope op realises a lot of the posters here are taking the proverbial and that many of the suggestions are ridiculous

farmersdaughter Fri 31-May-13 20:00:54

Gla don't get your post?

Morayshire is a place the county is Moray. Suggested Murray as in the surname alternative to Moray.

Yama Netherlands Fri 31-May-13 20:06:21

Don't do it Foxy - you will be disappointed (probably).

sparrowfart23 Fri 31-May-13 20:07:13

If a were a boy, I would have been Forbes (a family name, but it's also a place).

JollyOrangeGiant Fri 31-May-13 20:11:42

I don't think Morayshire is a place. It is just Moray.

I love Forbes. DS has a name on one of these lists. DC2 will possibly have a Scottish placename if they're a boy.

sleepyhead Fri 31-May-13 20:17:07

Findo Gask

(Don't click if you want to hold on to the dream)

MarianForrester Fri 31-May-13 20:18:23

Afton or Clova? Both pretty girls names, I think.

MarianForrester Fri 31-May-13 20:19:59

Or Angus for a boy?

farmersdaughter Fri 31-May-13 20:21:00

Well I grew up in Moray and we have also called it Morayshire!

farmersdaughter Fri 31-May-13 20:21:37

Anyway grin

Yama Netherlands Fri 31-May-13 20:21:49

Sleepyhead - gringringringringrin

Kilncadzow (pron. kil-caigie)!!! wink

Sorry farmers daughter, I'm from next door and always got a row for calling it Morayshire. grin doesn't make a difference really! I worked with a moray (spelt that way) and anyone from not around here would say MohRay. Drove him bananas.

My friend is from twatt in Shetland!

Thought of more
Fife
Blyth
Rora

Finzean (fingin)

sjuperyoni Fri 31-May-13 20:44:10

Theres a part of dundee called douglas. I used to know a douglas who stayed in douglas grin

Theonlyoneiknow Fri 31-May-13 20:45:04

I guess you are from Aberdeenshire Glakit !! I know someone who lives there :-)

Harris would have been DC2 name but it was a girl. It's also running up the popular boys names fast (might be because of Brave?)

Kilda
Sheigra
Reiff

(These are climbing places!)

Cairn
Merrick
Blaven
Lorne
Kyle
Hoy
Keir
Craig

Clyde
Forth
Dunbar

CookieB Sat 01-Jun-13 00:04:08

Strathbungo? grin Auchinairn or Milton perhaps? Arran is lovely place & lovely name on more serious note. Can anyone tell Im from Glasgow?

bouncingbelle Sat 01-Jun-13 00:19:45

Hamilton
Brodie
Moray (pronounced Murray)
Alva

WildThongsHeartString Sat 01-Jun-13 00:38:25

Mearns
Clarkston ( but not Jeremy, yuk)
Girvan

HSMMaCM Sat 01-Jun-13 00:41:02

I had Glen and Ben and Bonnie and Clyde on my list, along with Heather. Not all quite places, but Scottish.

freerangeeggs Sat 01-Jun-13 02:43:40

Makes me think of this poem by Edwin Morgan which is all made up of Scottish place names:

oa! hoy! awe! ba! mey!

who saw?

rhu saw rum. garve saw smoo. nigg saw tain. lairg saw lagg. rigg saw eigg. largs saw haggs. tongue saw luss. mull saw yell. stoer saw strone. drem saw muck. gask saw noss. unst saw cults. echt saw Banff. weem saw wick. trool saw twatt.

how far?

from largo to lunga from joppa to skibo from ratho to shona from ulva to minto from tinto to tolsta from soutra to marsco from braco to barra from alva to stobo from fogo to fada from gigha to gogo from kelso to stoma from hirta to spango.

what is it like there?

och it’s freuchie, it’s faifley, it’s wamphray, it’s frandy, it’s sliddery.

what do you do?

we foindle and fungle, we bonkle and meigle and maxpoffle. we scotstarvit, armit, wormit, and even whifflet. we play at crosstobs, leuchars, gorbals, and finfan. we scavaig, and there’s aye a bit of tilquhilly. If it’s wet, treshnish and mishnish.

what is the best of the country?

blinkbonny! airgold! thundergay!

and the worst?

scrishven, shiskine, scrabster, and snizort.

listen! what’s that?

catacol and wauchope, never heed them.

tell us about last night

well, we had a wee ferintosh and we lay on the quiraing. It was pure stontian!

but who was there?

petermoidart and craigenkenneth and cambusputtock and ecclemuchty and corriehulish and balladolly and altnacanny and clauchanvrechan and stronachlochan and auchenlachar and tighnacrankie and tilliebruaich and killieharra and invervannach and achnatudlem and machrishellach and inchtamurchan and auchterfechan and kinlochculter and ardnawhallie and invershuggle.

and what was the toast?

schiehallion! schiehallion! schiehallion!

Dynababy Sat 01-Jun-13 14:02:55

Stirling as in the place and Moss!

MiaowTheCat Sat 01-Jun-13 15:40:56

My real dad's middle name is Struan - he's a waste of space, not sure about the place that's his namesake!

sparrowfart23 Sat 01-Jun-13 19:29:15

I like Stirling. grin at Bonnie & Clyde as names for twins...

Cosydressinggown Sat 01-Jun-13 19:52:23

Oooh some great suggestions here (and some fabulously bonkers ones!!! grin ) - thanks!)

Yes, for my sister's babby. She has a Harris and a Skye already so has kind of got to name the third one a place name and can't think of any she likes (shortsighted!) We're Scottish. Don't know sex yet, but I think girl.

And yeah, we know a Dundas, and he's from Australia but his parents are from 'Scotland, way back' and they pronounce it wrong - DUN das (sounds like 'dunders' ) instead of Dun DAS.

She needs another island then! Some bedtime reading for her

squoosh Sat 01-Jun-13 20:41:48

Barra?

I know a female Nairn but I think it usually has an E on the end for girls so it would be Nairne which is lovely - I also went to school with a female Moray.

Alternatively, for a girl with Harris and Skye, I'd probably go for Ailsa or Rhona.

Meringue33 Sun 02-Jun-13 03:09:42

I know a Barra

Love the poem Free

Anjou Sun 02-Jun-13 03:31:46

Ooh, yes, another island name would go well then. I know a Texa (tiny wee island off of Islay), which has grown on me lots since I first met her/heard it. Taransay looks lovely written down, but I'm not sure of the pronunciation. Would it be 'Tarasay', 'Tarasa'? Not sure. Either might work for a girl. Taransay is named after St Taran, which would work for a boy. Maybe drop the 'Saint' bit though!

Non-island ones: Corran (I know a boy named this, I think it's nice), Rannoch, Cupar? I've not been to any of these places though, so not sure what they're like or what connotations there might be! grin

I met a baby Cupar the other day!

Taransay is taran-say, with my accent the N sound is more like in, but other accents would be an iykwim. I also know a taran, who is always getting mistake for Darren. Just a heads up there.

Love his thread! I'm adding so many names to my list for non-existent DC2

Already on my list were
Mara (Gaelic meaning the sea/ocean)
Struan which has already been mentioned
Blythe, but we already have a Blair so maybe too Bl Bl!

Anjou Sun 02-Jun-13 11:04:20

Ah, thanks Glaichit. For some reason, I thought Taransay had a silent 'n' - not sure why! Also wondered if the 'ay' was pronounced the same as it is in Islay. I think Taransay pronounced as written is very pretty.

I adore the name Blythe! It was on my shortlist for both DC's but, as our surname starts with a 'J', we had to scrap it. It was DH who pointed out that its unkind to give your kid the initials BJ. grin

Anjou Sun 02-Jun-13 11:06:05

Oooops, I meant 'Glaikit' not Glaichit. Maybe that's the Gaelic spelling. smile

Please don't go with Dingwall or tain! If you've been there you'll see why!
I know a Brodie...that's a lovely name and there is a fab castle and cake place there!

GibberTheMonkey Sun 02-Jun-13 15:11:37

I think kilda would go nicely
Rockall not so much smile

Love

Kilda

Taran
Brae

(Taran and Brae have just been added to our baby names list for boys. We've been thinking Murron for a girl)

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 02-Jun-13 16:05:52

I know a Murron and a Mirren

Ooh mirren is on my list too, dh not so keen.

GoshAnneGorilla Algeria Sun 02-Jun-13 17:09:40

Wigtownshire grin

Morve(r)n

AberdeenAngusina Mon 03-Jun-13 18:03:57

There was a wee girl named Caledonia in the papers.

<adds caledonia to the ever growing list of names for imaginary baby> grin

JollyShortGiant Mon 03-Jun-13 18:56:03

I love Caledonia. And Alba. Can't get either past DH though. Mirren is on our list too, Glaikit.

I think out lists are very similar! Your DSs name was on our list for B too!

How do you feel about Mara? Everyone I mention it too screws their face up, but I love it.

JollyShortGiant Mon 03-Jun-13 19:54:43

I'm not such a fan of Mara. Top Scottish type names on our lists are Isobel, Mirren, Flora, Ramsay, Campbell, Murray. I also like Forbes, Innes and Keir. We've got until the end of August to agree though, thank goodness.

I love tha name Alba, I might try and get it on the list, got about 20 weeks to try and get DH to agree.

He's in love with Murron, I like it but I'm worried it doesn't sound pretty in my english accent. DH is scottish by the way.

Alba sounds so strong.

I really like Mara too.

weebarra Mon 03-Jun-13 20:27:41

Love Alba but DH says no. Innes and Murdo are our boy choices.
Also like Mirren but we are football fans and would always associate the name with a not very good football team.

....don't want to rain on anyone's parade (and you may not care), but where I live Mirren/Murren etc is a bit schemey.

Where are you soon? Just so I know wink! (I'm guessing west coast by your use of schemey!)

I maybe dumb but what is meant by schemey?

Ok DH has just told me.

I'm in Stirling but originally from Edinburgh - we use Schemey there too - In fat I grew up a schemey grin

My kids go to a school with a mix of kids from the naice private estate and kids from the Council scheme so get used to a variety of names.

I had a boyfriend once, from Raploch. This meant nothing to me being from Aberdeen, until I visited sheesh! shock <hopes soontobeslender isn't from Raploch>

Schemey isn't a term I had heard until moving to the central belt.

*sp "in fact" - there weren't many fat kids about in my estate when I was a kid - we went more for your "underfed scrawny look" round my way grin

Noo, I'm not from the Raptap grin

It's all been knocked down redeveloped now and is lnicer to drive through - apart from the speedbumps and the 20mph limit. It's like everywhere, the vast majority are nice people doing their best and it's the rowdy minority that give places a bad name.

zippey Mon 03-Jun-13 21:34:18

Rowan?

PureDeadBrilliant Mon 03-Jun-13 21:52:12

Kilmarnock?

PureDeadBrilliant Mon 03-Jun-13 21:52:58

Or maybe Moscow?

PureDeadBrilliant Mon 03-Jun-13 21:55:27

Oh oh oh! Cumbernauld
So every time anyone asks about the baby you could do the great advert:
"what's it called?"
"Cumbernauld!"

grin @ PDB!!

burberryqueen Mon 03-Jun-13 22:03:22

Auchtermuchty

thistlelicker Mon 03-Jun-13 22:04:41

Last
Time I was in rat tap it was all demolished and rebuilt! My uncle lives near the fire station!! Small world!

thistlelicker Mon 03-Jun-13 22:05:55

Lenzie? William (as in fort) Nessie for a lassie ? Blane. As in dunblane ? Leith? Burntisland ?

thistlelicker Mon 03-Jun-13 22:08:33

Ben (Nevis) ? Lossiemouth ? Catriona is a pretty name! Eidlidh ?

Christabel3 Mon 03-Jun-13 22:10:23

Glora

eagleray Mon 03-Jun-13 22:12:12

Etive, after the loch

I knew a girl who was called this - think its a lovely name!

chickenfactory Mon 03-Jun-13 22:18:40

Lol at Cumbernauld!
Eriskay? If she wants to stick with the island theme.

eagleray Mon 03-Jun-13 22:54:52

Eriska is an island name too - v pretty I think

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 03-Jun-13 23:15:29

Etive is lovely , I have fond climbing memories of there, I like Alba too but DP says its a make of stereo?

eagleray Mon 03-Jun-13 23:24:09

Yes it is a stereo, but then I named DD after a brand of dairy product so don't be put off!

AberdeenAngusina Mon 03-Jun-13 23:25:43

My mum told me about someone who was born in The Sma' Glen. It was a dramatic story, but I can't remember it. She was born in the 1930s. Anyway, she was named Thesma Glen Surname.

greencolorpack Mon 03-Jun-13 23:26:24

"Corstorphine".

greencolorpack Mon 03-Jun-13 23:28:38

"Grist Boll". Name of a pub. True story.

Of course you would have to really hate the kid if you called it Grist Boll.

MorrisZapp Mon 03-Jun-13 23:30:14

Don't forget the three racing champions named after Scottish places:

Stirling Moss

Eddie Irvine

Ayr Toon Centre

charlottehere Mon 03-Jun-13 23:34:36

Iona

charlottehere Mon 03-Jun-13 23:36:57

Whitburn
Bathgate

louisianablue2000 Mon 03-Jun-13 23:54:18

Definitely not Twatt

There are lots of Twatts in Orkney and Shetland.

Speaking of which, I have heard of Orkney being used as a name for a boy. Smaller islands in Orkney that could be used as names include Fara, Sanday (pronounced Sandy), Switha or Swona. A non-Orcadian should be able to pronounce all of those more or less properly. Avoid Orkney names that end in 'say' because some of them would be pronounced 'shay' by the natives.

JollyShortGiant Tue 04-Jun-13 07:08:25

Our surname is the same as a famous singer called Honor. That rules out Iona!

CookieB Thu 13-Jun-13 01:31:27

Do not call your child William. Just back from a middle eastern country and if I hear William Wallace one more time I may fcking explode. My dp is William and a Celtic fan?! Took me 4 years to get him a Celtic mug with William on it. Haha. Balamory?

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