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Weird request - Shetland names..

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AuntieBrenda Thu 13-Feb-14 22:43:49

Right, this may be a very silly and odd question - Scottish mners, is there such a thing as Shetland type names?
I'm expecting dc2 and would really like to honour my late granny's heritage.

Her name was Cecilia and the family I know of hers were called Annabelle (already used in my family, she was sadly a late cousin), Archibald, Sheila, davey.

Are there names that particularly popular on Shetland or am I asking a stupid question?
DS is called nathaniel James so it'd have to work with that

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 13-Feb-14 22:45:29

There was à thread before on Shetland names with lots of suggestions. I dont have à link but should find it under search

AuntieBrenda Thu 13-Feb-14 22:49:14

Thanks - I've done a lot if searching though before i posted and I couldn't find anything sad

Drquin Thu 13-Feb-14 22:49:59

Sunniva - for a girl. Love it!
Local hairdresser is called this and hails fromShetland.

Google is your friend though ...

Salmotrutta Thu 13-Feb-14 23:04:37

I'd imagine names that are truly Shetlander will be Nordic in origin?

AuntieBrenda Thu 13-Feb-14 23:05:56

Well I did wonder salmontrutta - my gran had blonde hair and blue eyes. So doesy DS - me and DH ate very dark. He's a Nordic throwback!

AuntieBrenda Thu 13-Feb-14 23:06:23

Sunniva is pretty - I like it

gallicgirl Thu 13-Feb-14 23:08:10

Have you tried

You can search names by origin quite easily.

redrubyindigo Thu 13-Feb-14 23:19:00


JanePurdy Fri 14-Feb-14 08:07:52

I remember a book set on Shetland with two characters named after the first man & woman who landed off Viking ships. He was Haki but can't remember what she was! Hmmm.

JanePurdy Fri 14-Feb-14 08:10:29

It might have been Hekla??

BeaWheesht Fri 14-Feb-14 08:12:28

Shea (shay) for a boy or girl

florascotia Fri 14-Feb-14 19:52:02

From Shetland libraries:

really old names:

how Norse names work (from Orkney):

this is an excellent site about Shetland culture and may have some pointers:

present-day Shetland names:

freerangeeggs Mon 17-Feb-14 00:52:40

I've heard Osla before for a girl, which I thought was really pretty.

Apparently Freya was in common use on Shetland, but it's obviously quite popular across the country now.

Sunniva is gorgeous

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Feb-14 07:13:27

Why not use Cecilia? It's pretty, goes well with Nathaniel and has some nice nn's (cee-cee, cecily, etc)

galwaygirl Tue 18-Feb-14 08:00:52

I've posted this before on here but I went to uni with a girl from Shetland called Vaila, named after one of the islands, and thought it was a lovely name

Sweetishdelight Tue 18-Feb-14 20:42:18

Peedie (either sex)

bouncingbelle Tue 18-Feb-14 22:18:11

Any mans name with -Ina at the end.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Wed 19-Feb-14 16:47:16

Lots of Ingrids. And on Orkney. Magnus is popular...Sunniva would be good, after the ferry. So perhaps also Hamnavoe or Hjaltaland for a boy grin

cookingenthusiast Wed 19-Feb-14 19:57:43

Definitely Magnolia

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