Scottish girls name that's a bit feisty?

(117 Posts)
Thinkingof4 Mon 17-Jun-13 18:55:54

I'm due dc4 in 2 weeks, we have 3 boys with good strong Scottish names and have a couple of boys names we like if we have another boy, but are struggling a bit to agree on a girls name (don't know what we are having)
Names we are considering include Morven (dh's favourite but I'm not sure, Elspeth (I like this but ?too girly/ lispy), Isobel/ Ishbel (same issue)

I would appreciate any other suggestions or opinions on those names. We definitely don't want anything frilly, but something with a bit of oomph, so she can compete with her 3 big brothers!

Thanks for your help!

manicinsomniac Mon 17-Jun-13 19:48:21

I love Isobel. Less keen on the others

For strong, non girly Scottish names how about Morag, Kirsty or Shona?


Graceparkhill Mon 17-Jun-13 19:49:16


Ailsa was the name that sprang to mind on seeing your thread title.

but I like Kirsty or Shona too.



Graceparkhill Mon 17-Jun-13 19:53:56

Or Isla , Catriona, Kirsten,Moira

Thinkingof4 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:17:36

Kirsty and Shona are good but both out as used by other family members. Ditto Isla.

I do really like Isobel, but 2 issues with it, firstly worried its just a bit too popular and secondly it's my mil's name! Not sure if using it would cause a family ruck, with my dm being very put out!

Quite like Rhona too!

Keep the suggestions coming please!

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Mon 17-Jun-13 20:21:45

Merida! grin


Bue Mon 17-Jun-13 20:22:39

Ailsa was the first name that came to my mind too!


bootsycollins Mon 17-Jun-13 20:24:04


Geordieminx Mon 17-Jun-13 20:25:06


morethanpotatoprints Mon 17-Jun-13 20:27:16

I love the mane Bridie, prounounced brydie

minniemagoo Mon 17-Jun-13 20:28:16


bootsycollins Mon 17-Jun-13 20:28:21



blibblibs Mon 17-Jun-13 20:29:58


nohalfmeasures Mon 17-Jun-13 20:31:18


Another vote for Rhona smile

Karoleann Mon 17-Jun-13 20:32:53

How about Vari (which I think is the scottish version of Mary). or Iona.

Bearandcub Mon 17-Jun-13 20:33:43

Magwitch grin

SoftSheen Mon 17-Jun-13 20:34:01

Ishbel is great. Quite strong-sounding to my ears.

Elspeth is quite nice but a bit old lady-ish.

I really don't like Morven.

countingdown Mon 17-Jun-13 20:34:37


shellyf Mon 17-Jun-13 20:35:32

I love Morven.Mary Flora or Ishabel?

sparkle9 Mon 17-Jun-13 20:35:59

Mhairi (said Varry sounds like Barry)
Eoina (said Ee-ona)
Mairead (said Merit or My-ridt)
Catriona (said Ca-trina)

dancemom Mon 17-Jun-13 20:37:40


KikkiK Mon 17-Jun-13 20:40:37

Love Morven, that's the name I thought of just from your thread title! Also love Rona, though I'd spell it without the h (like the island).
How about Alana?

DTisMYdoctor Mon 17-Jun-13 20:43:50

Ishbel or Elspeth get my vote. Lovely names imo. If DS (with a strong Scottish name) had a sister I'd have gone with one of those.

namelessposter Mon 17-Jun-13 20:52:19

Ruth. Noone messes with a Ruth.

PercyIsGreen Mon 17-Jun-13 20:58:40

Agnes - my Scottish grandmothers name

My favourite one I can think would be Maura, closely followed by Moira/Moyra, Morna, Malina, (I like Ms it seems) and Saundra.

DessieLou Mon 17-Jun-13 21:01:20

Elspeth gets my vote. I have a relative called Elspet (no H) & also know of an Elsbett.
Triona? Camry (not Scottish, think I made it up!)?

leddeeburdee Mon 17-Jun-13 21:05:46

A friend of mine has just named their DD Fiona. I thought it was a great name when I heard it - really strong but very under used.

Morven / Morvern
Mhairi (pronounced Va-ri)
Agnes / Senga
Meg / Maggie

Jidget Mon 17-Jun-13 21:26:13


Anjou Mon 17-Jun-13 21:28:01

How about a place name? There was a thread about that recently. There are some nice island names. Texa? Iona?

Geordieminx Mon 17-Jun-13 21:29:03

Cumbernauld? grin

Foundapound Mon 17-Jun-13 21:34:18

2 of mine are on here already, so I'll give you the 3rd.... Marsaili, pr. Marshally, rhyming with partially. Shortens to Mars or Marsh, sometimes. Derives from Mars God of War and usually taken as Ghaidhlig for Marjorie (but you don't need to mention that). I think it's pretty feisty. She loves it, despite having to spell/tell how to say.

What about Blythe or Alba or Mirren?

MorphandChas Mon 17-Jun-13 21:44:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Please not Agnes/Senga or Morag...these are not good imo.

CityGal29 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:01:21

I love Kirsty!

MsInterpret Mon 17-Jun-13 22:01:53

Sheena. Definitely.

lotsofcheese Mon 17-Jun-13 22:07:42

How about Eilish? Seonaid (pronounced Shona)?

Please don't call her Senga - it's a derogatory term up here!

lucidlady Mon 17-Jun-13 22:11:31

Another vote for Morven.

What about Ishbel? I've heard this a couple of times and think its a lovely name.

MortifiedAdams Mon 17-Jun-13 22:14:52

Ooh Fallon is marvelous.


TerrysNo2 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:16:51

I know a gorgeous little girl called Fia, I think it's a pretty strong name and she is a cheeky little 3 year old!

MoonHare Mon 17-Jun-13 22:18:24

Esme - pn whichever way you prefer.

williaminajetfighter Mon 17-Jun-13 22:19:55

I second Ishbel. Worked with a lovely one.

williaminajetfighter Mon 17-Jun-13 22:22:53

And please not Isla. So popular now, they are everywhere.

idiot55 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:23:20

Joyce , I think is scottish!Joy.

names of rivers can be nice; e.g Cree, Doon, , and I cant think of any more!

babyru Mon 17-Jun-13 22:23:53

Skye is nice. Islas are everywhere, I was thinking about it for DS before we found out he was a boy and then every shop I went to had mums calling after an Isla.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 17-Jun-13 22:25:24

no Mhairi, it's a bit of a Gaidhlig spelling mistake, that one. Mairi's nice, though. i think i like Elspeth best.

Pimpf Mon 17-Jun-13 22:26:12

I thought Merida too turnthatfrown

Thinkingof4 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:28:03

I really like eilish but ds3 is hamish so def too similar sounding!

Fiona is good, will add to short list. Esme I also love but it doesn't really sound right with our surname unfortunately

I appreciate all the suggestions, I'm sure if we have a girl it will be one of the names on this thread!

Keep 'em coming please

LondonBus Mon 17-Jun-13 22:28:24

I wouldn't mess with someone called Morag.

Elspeth is unbelievably wet

Thinkingof4 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:29:36

Merida made me smile, but I couldn't name a child after a film!! Definitely along the right lines though

LondonBus Mon 17-Jun-13 22:32:44


MacaYoniandCheese Mon 17-Jun-13 22:36:04

Fiona is good wink. Strong, sensible, clever but undeniably feminine. Also love Morag, Shona and Ishbel (Tish) too. Will echo other posters who've said that Isla is super-popular. I live in Canada and there are lots of little Islas here too...

Wandastartup Mon 17-Jun-13 22:42:04

I have a very feisty Elspeth Iona! Also another Scottish Amex daughter but don't want to out myself fully!

Wandastartup Mon 17-Jun-13 22:42:27

Sorry named!

tabulahrasa Mon 17-Jun-13 22:45:11

Catriona (catreena not catreeohna)
Rowan (to rhyme with cow not mow)

NonnoMum Mon 17-Jun-13 22:50:40

If you like Isobal, how about Isa after my scottish grannie (ize-uh)?

Mehrida Mon 17-Jun-13 22:53:11

Another vote for Fiona. Although I do know a couple of (adult) Morags who are both good fun but nobody would dare mess with!

NewAtThisMalarky Mon 17-Jun-13 22:54:42


NewAtThisMalarky Mon 17-Jun-13 22:55:24


thefirstmrsrochester Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:10

My granny was Elspeth. Pronounced Elspet though. Girly? My gran was knee high to a grasshopper but kicked ass when need be.

mrsyattering Mon 17-Jun-13 23:01:37

Moyra, Morna, Rhoda (think its Scots) Rhona, Morag, Aillie

BeaWheesht Mon 17-Jun-13 23:01:49

Ds and dd both have very Scottish names.

On our list for dd were:

Elspeth (love)

BeaWheesht Mon 17-Jun-13 23:02:16

Oh and Flora but other people's opinions put us off...

I know a small and extremely determined Elspeth.

MaryKatharine Mon 17-Jun-13 23:13:05

Lots of good ideas. What about Margaret? I know a little Maggie and think its lovely.

Thinkingof4 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:16:50

tolliver I can imagine having a wee one like that given ds2 and ds3's personalities!

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 06:14:13



Is Fiora scottish?


PoppyAmex Tue 18-Jun-13 06:25:08

Bridie is lovely.

Groovee Tue 18-Jun-13 07:22:15

I have an Eilidh.

Other names like Catriona, Mhairi, Mairi, Mirren or Murron.

tabulahrasa Tue 18-Jun-13 08:15:00

Um...a bridie is a type of pasty

PoppyAmex Tue 18-Jun-13 08:26:39

"Bridie is a pet form of the feminine name Brighid which is of Gaelic origin. It means Powerful and Virtuous"

But yes, tabulah I just realised you're right. grin
Not a suitable name for a girl in modern Scotland.

tabulahrasa Tue 18-Jun-13 08:40:56

Oh I know it's a name - I thought it was Irish personally, but I don't know why.

I just thought maybe people might want to know that in Scotland it's a pasty, lol

PoppyAmex Tue 18-Jun-13 09:04:25

I hadn't heard it before but think it's lovely. <foreign emoticon>

Would definitely use it but I'm sure my Scottish DH would also object on the same grounds grin

OP, I think Ishbel it's a strong, beautiful name. I know a girl with that name and people from other countries always comment on how interesting and lovely it sounds (and as a bonus, it's familiar to most nationalities and easy to pronounce).

Turniptwirl Tue 18-Jun-13 09:52:11


morethanpotatoprints Tue 18-Jun-13 16:04:58

Ah, sorry about the origins of Bridie, I didn't know about the pasty.

A friend many years ago called her daughter Bridie and i can remember thinking it was such a pretty name. grin

tabulahrasa Tue 18-Jun-13 16:20:40

The thing is, it is a name and it's quite pretty - but it also makes me think of one of these, lol

GingerCurry Tue 18-Jun-13 16:37:00

Jean/ Jeanie

PoppyAmex Tue 18-Jun-13 17:00:38

Is Maisie a Scottish name, Ginger? It's very pretty.

I also think Margaret is due a comeback; so many amazing nicknames like Peggy!

GingerCurry Tue 18-Jun-13 17:11:39

Well Poppy the only Maisie I've ever known was very Scottish and best friend of my Granny in Stirling. So to me its always a Scottish name. Dont know if this is everyone elses view.

I like margaret too. Overdue a comeback

Wandastartup Wed 19-Jun-13 00:07:10

I have a Margaret too( known as Meg) I think it's a fantastic name and don't know any others under 50...

Thinkingof4 Wed 19-Jun-13 13:03:06

Thanks for all the suggestions, lots to think about. Of course I'll likely have another boy now grin

MortifiedAdams Wed 19-Jun-13 13:10:27

I have an 18mo Meg wand mind, she is just Meg

Wandastartup Wed 19-Jun-13 19:59:48

Mine is 6 Mortified. I think it's a lovely name but she does get called Megan at school which is annoying!

forgetmenots Thu 20-Jun-13 07:25:19

Love Marsaili!

FoofFighter Thu 20-Jun-13 10:48:33

Has anyone mentioned Rhona?

Katie Morag




Ps if a boy please pick Struan, I love this!

Fnal nomination, honest - Kendra?

dontblameme Thu 20-Jun-13 22:55:17

Bit out there but... Brogan??

lotsofcheese Fri 21-Jun-13 11:51:32

Forgot to say Saoirse pronounced Seersha) - a lovely Gaelic name

Our little girl is Bonnie may smile

I have a Bridget who is almost 4. I know its Irish rather than Scottish, but she is one feisty monkey.
And someone mentioned Saoirse? I love that name; means freedom. Gorgeous name.

But I must say I thought Merida when I read the thread title grin

Thinkingof4 Sat 22-Jun-13 10:54:50

Funnily enough a couple of the boys names are in Brave too! Ds2 has the horse's name I think grin, and I think one of the wee brothers has ds3's name

perplexedpirate Sat 22-Jun-13 11:18:24

Merida is so nice! Shame everyone would say 'ah, from Brave'.
Elspeth is fab too.
Don't like Isobel, it's ubiquitous these days.

zipzap Sat 22-Jun-13 11:29:04

How about Mackenzie - mackie or kenzi for short?

Thinkingof4 Mon 15-Jul-13 17:53:55

Just updating to let you know we had a girl and decided she was definitely a Morven! All 9lb 5oz of her grin
thanks for helping us decide.
I think sometimes you just can't decide till you actually meet your baby

SanityClause Mon 15-Jul-13 17:55:13


SanityClause Mon 15-Jul-13 17:56:10

Oops, sorry, too late. Well, flowers congratulations! And a lovely, feisty name!

Pinkbump3 Tue 16-Jul-13 01:12:20

My fave is Mhorren, also like ,Isla,Iona,Lorna, Ciorstaidh (Kirsty),Heather,Skye, Strong Scottish name I live in argyll Scotland so just thinking of some of the kids I know!

aleene Tue 16-Jul-13 01:44:50

Congratulations! Lovely name.

NooMyx Tue 16-Jul-13 08:36:40

I vote for Morven or Rhona.
Also like Seona and Mairead.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 16-Jul-13 10:13:49

thanks Hello Morven bear congratulations OP!

mewkins Wed 17-Jul-13 20:43:10

Yes! Merida!!

moastina Wed 17-Jul-13 22:04:36

Love Morven! Love Mo as a nickname too, so sweet.

emacp Fri 19-Jul-13 22:58:50

I am not going to get into the Vari// Mhairi thing again as the grammar re these has already been extensively explained. Grrrrr

moas Fri 19-Jul-13 23:58:54

The feistiest Scottish girl I know is called Una, cool name I think.

chilipeppers Sat 20-Jul-13 22:37:40

Isla is the best name ever!!!

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