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GuatemalanRum Sun 03-May-15 17:37:35

If you are Glaswegian & born in the 70s or 80s, what names did you hear growing up and what would you/have you named your dcs now?

Dp is Glaswegian which I had hoped would give me free rein to use lovely names such as Fergus, Euan, Douglas, Ishbel, Elspeth.. Sadly when I suggest these he looks at me like I've lost the plot (he claimed Ishbel is what a drunk Scot would say for Isobel confused) and wants to call our dc John hmm

I would be grateful for some cultural guidance!

ASAS Sun 03-May-15 17:45:15

Actually laughing aloud. Do NOT call a baby girl Ishbel, it's a nn at best.

I like Euan, Fergus and Douglas. Can't think of many more Glaswegian rather than Scottish names though. Maybe Ally or Norrie???

I like Elspeth. I also like Moira, Morag and Sadie but again those are more granny chic than Glaswegian.

For a laugh get your DP to teach you some Singing Kettle.

And congratulations!

BikeRunSki Sun 03-May-15 17:46:42


ClutterofStarlings Sun 03-May-15 17:47:20


OllyBJolly Sun 03-May-15 17:48:26

Shug for a boy.

Yes, Senga for a girl.

JimmyCorkhill Sun 03-May-15 17:53:22

I'm not Scottish but' Trainspotting' has characters born in the 70's and 80's and they are called Mark/Simon/Daniel/Francis/Davie/Tommy and Carol/Lesley/Nina/Gail/Alison/Kelly. Not what you think of for traditional Scottish names.

My DC have Scottish names like you want and DH has never been to Scotland and I'm from daaaan Saaaaaf!

GuatemalanRum Sun 03-May-15 18:03:40

Thanks all.

Asas - I really like Ally but dp says Alistair (whatever spelling) is "too posh" (ditto Alexander). Will ask about the singing kettle!

Shug and Senga are definitely out.

Very good point re trainspotting!

drinkscabinet Sun 03-May-15 18:04:44

The only name I'd really think of as Glaswegian as opposed to Scottish would be Mungo and that's only because of St Mungo (patron saint of Glasgow).

Isobel is lovely, how about Fiona? Lesley is a female Scottish name, from the surname Leslie (which is also used as the male first name). Lindsay is a unisex Scottish name. Douglas, Stuart, Cameron, Angus etc etc all started as surnames in Scotland.

AmandaTanen Sun 03-May-15 18:09:00

I love Elspeth, reminds me of the cartoon, that started with Elspeth and Angus blew on their thistle whistles. The actual name escapes me.

MsInterpret Sun 03-May-15 18:11:10

Cartoon is The Family Ness.

Ferocious-ness was my favourite.

AmandaTanen Sun 03-May-15 18:11:54

That's it, now happily singing the theme tune.

Branleuse Sun 03-May-15 18:12:23


GuatemalanRum Sun 03-May-15 18:15:35

Hamish is another one that get the hmm look from dp..

Whyhasnooneusedvimesyet Sun 03-May-15 18:22:02

Island names? Iona, Ailsa for a girl. Agree with PP on surname names for boys Stuart, Cameron etc.

WhatWouldTheDoctorDo Sun 03-May-15 18:30:54

I'm Glaswegian, born in 70s and I like all the names you suggest OP!

TheScottishPlay Sun 03-May-15 18:36:29


AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Sun 03-May-15 18:40:35

Did someone mention me?grin

Branleuse Sun 03-May-15 18:42:56

Shona, Aileen

Ztastic Sun 03-May-15 18:49:51

Hi, I was born in the 70s in Glasgow most of my classmates have pretty regular names for the time like Leighanne, Kelly, Fiona, Lots of Claires, Yvonne, Rhona, Michelle, boys names like Anthony, John, Jim, Ewan, Brian, David, Craig, Scott and Paul all popular. Popular Scottish names now are:
boys names that would have been classed as old men's name like
All quite popular now

Annunziata Sun 03-May-15 18:50:23

Your DH is right, you want a Glaswegian name then John. Your names are not very Glaswegian at all, maybe West End but not normal!

And it depends which colour of Glasgow you are.

I was born in 1970. I went to school with Mary, Marie, Maria, Patricia, Josephine, Angela, Cheryl, Jennifer and Susan.

David, Paul, Michael, Christopher, Sean, James, Joseph (Joe), Anthony for boys.

SoldierBear Sun 03-May-15 18:53:32

Trainspotting is Edinburgh, not Glasgow FWIW!

yes, the "colour" of Glasgow would make a big difference e.g. Billy or Sean.

GuatemalanRum Sun 03-May-15 18:57:16

By "colour" do you mean religion? His family are all staunch atheists but I guess culturally more protestant than Catholic..

MrsTuppence Sun 03-May-15 18:59:30

I must say I love Ishbel, but then I have a good friend with a fabulous little girl called Ishbel, so that always helps!

There are lots of wee boys called Angus, Magnus, Finlay, Harris, Logan, Euan at the moment in my bit of Glasgow ('middle class' southside suburbs).

Annunziata Sun 03-May-15 19:01:59


Suggest Lennon to him. That'll be a laugh grin

GuatemalanRum Sun 03-May-15 19:04:04

Football would be Partick Thistle (sp??)

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