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Scottish boy's name suggestions please

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ItsMeYourCathy Wed 23-Feb-11 14:30:59

My granny was from Shetland and has passed away now. She was very proud of her Shetland heritage and so is my mum. I'd like to give my eagerly anticipated son a Scottish middle name to honour his (rather diluted now!)background.

The first name we've chosen is Nathaniel and our last name starts with P. I asked my mum for family names and none of them were suitable.

I quite like Hamish.

Suggestions please, especially from Scottish ladies who know that the names are Scotch and not just 'Celtic'

Thanks a lot xx

ellangirl Wed 23-Feb-11 20:34:23

Torin? It's an anglicised version of Thorfinn, which is the Norse name of several rulers of orkney/shetland. In my Scottish family there have been Angus, Donald, Andrew, Alistair and Fraser.

MavisEnderby Wed 23-Feb-11 20:36:57

(just seen last post and am really liking Torin but I thought it was irish)

ellangirl Wed 23-Feb-11 20:50:20

Well, it's a Norse name, and those vikings did get all over the place!

eatyourveg Wed 23-Feb-11 20:51:26

Hamish is fab - stick with that

TorianaTollywobbles Wed 23-Feb-11 20:53:44

How about Logan?

Think it is Scottish confused

KateF Wed 23-Feb-11 20:55:56

Friend of mine has Scottish heritage and her boys are Callum and Eachan (Gaelic form of Hector I think).

weegiemum Wed 23-Feb-11 21:01:54

With a Shetland heritage I don't know if you would want to go Gaelic but some ideas for Gaelic names:

Aonghas (Angus)
Tormond (Norman)
Domhnall (Donald)
Uisdean (Hugh)
Uilleam (William)

Newgolddream Wed 23-Feb-11 22:54:41

Im Scottish and have 3 boys although not sure theyre Scottish names lol grin 2 are I think - Connor and Finlay.

AlpinePony Thu 24-Feb-11 06:57:50

I lived in Shetland for a while - what about using a traditionally "Zetland" surname? Particularly if you know which island or area she was from? Interesting link here: land) - I knew an awful lot of Andersons and Campbells back then.

AlpinePony Thu 24-Feb-11 06:59:19

(not in 1881 I might add blush)

FalachFead Thu 24-Feb-11 08:48:22

Magnus and Torquil are the 2 Scottish/Norse names that Iove..

ItsMeYourCathy Thu 24-Feb-11 11:39:07

Thanks for all the suggestions and links!
Have come across the fact that the most popular surname on Shetland during my Gran's lifetime there was Smith! Brilliant! Her name was Hutchinson.
Was discussing this with DH last night- definately given us lots of food for thought. Thank you all very much xx
It made me think though, if my Gran was stil here and I asked her for a suggestion then she'd probably pick Elvis!! grin

daimbardiva Tue 08-Mar-11 11:15:05

I love Torin - would be very fitting for you I think. I really want to use Hamish - but dh is having none of it.

PricklyThistle Tue 08-Mar-11 21:51:50

To reflect Shetland roots, you shouldn't really be looking at a Gaelic name smile. Shetland was Scandinavian then Scottish - with no Gaelic influence.
The names in the Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland) were pretty 'normal' old fashioned names -William, James, John etc. Norse names are now used - I know some of Orcadians with the name Thorfinn, Sigurd, Erland, Erik.

dancemum Tue 08-Mar-11 22:48:04

names I like are

Cameron, Campbell, Alasdair, Blane, Finlan, Finlay, Stirling, Lachlan, Melrose, Conneach (Con-Nick), Connall, Finnean, Oisian (Osh-An), Taran or Torin

The Zetland names are cool! Smith is a great first name, I think, esp. with a family connection. Smith Lachlan or Smith Finnean sound great.

From that list, Sinclair and Tait are good names.

BackwardsInHighHeels Wed 09-Mar-11 08:54:44

Don't know if you've found this by yourself already, but there's a list of Shetland names here:

Which includes some funny spellings of names we're more used to, including some which I don't think have been suggested yet, like Gregor and Malcolm (though Malcolm can be shortened to Malky, which is Glaswegian for headbutt - as in, giving someone "the Malky", but if you're not in the West of Scotland, you're probably okay ).

jellybeans Wed 09-Mar-11 09:10:58

Ross, Lachlan

Asinine Wed 09-Mar-11 09:16:17

I was going to say Douglas or Cameron, I see they have already come up. A lovely man I knew who was a Shetlander died last year was a douglas.

ItsMeYourCathy Wed 09-Mar-11 13:56:48

Thanks again for all the suggestions! I really appreciate the effort you've gone through to help me! Thanks particularly for the links - many a nosey hour spent trawling through that lot looking for my family. I found some sites with old photos on too and it was nice to imagine my Gran living there, walking around the island etc.

I do feel I have to point out though that I did say I'm avoiding 'Celtic' as found in internet searches as they can be irish and the whole point is that I want something Scottish / Sheltand for my Gran.

Thanks again! xx

muminthesun Wed 09-Mar-11 14:22:23

Love Magnus

TheMadHouse1234 Wed 09-Mar-11 14:29:03

I want to give my baby a Scottish name too. Don't know if we're having a boy or girl yet, but boys names we've got on our list are


louisianablue2000 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:38:15

If you want something to reflect the fact that your Granny came from Shetland then DON'T use anything Gaelic. I'm from Orkney, the most popular Norse names there are Magnus, Thorfinn, Sigurd, Rognavald, Harald, Erik, Erland, Olaf. Otherwise just standard names, common in Scotland and England.

The other option is to use your Granny's surname as a middle name, that is very common in Scotland (to use a maternal surname as a middle name) and is why so many surnames end up as first names, they move across because of being used as middle names.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Mon 11-Mar-13 22:41:07

Rory - Scottish red King
Andrew - Patron Saint of Scotland

WinkyWinkola Mon 11-Mar-13 22:41:38


DuPainDuVinDuFromage Wed 13-Mar-13 10:22:53

I love Hamish and Archie, but also Hector and Seoras, which I don't think have been mentioned. But as people have said, maybe it's better to go down the Scandinavian route given that your connection is with Shetland.

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