Scottish Gaelic Girls Names

(33 Posts)
HaggisnNeeps Wed 18-May-16 12:45:27

Hi All,
I know that this has probably been done to death, but I am looking for inspiration for girls names. I love Scottish and Scots Gaelic names but am hitting a brick wall for a girls name. I have some boys names but need girls names; ideally a wee bit different from the norm. A few more common Scottish names have already been ruled out due to having already been used in the family! I am not averse to Irish names either (love Saoirse, Roisin and Aisling), but would prefer Scottish.
Thanks smile

squoosh Wed 18-May-16 13:08:21

My favourite Scottish girls name is Morven.

FlaptheWings Wed 18-May-16 13:08:53

How about Mhairi, pronounced with a "v" sound at the start? Or something like Bridie? smile

squoosh Wed 18-May-16 13:13:29

A Bridie is Scotland's answer to a Cornish pasty.

mexymoo Wed 18-May-16 13:15:42

Mairead (pronounced mar-aid)?

HaggisnNeeps Wed 18-May-16 13:19:44

Sorry, I should have said, Mhairi and Eilidh aren't options.....these names have already been taken ;)

Sgoinneal Wed 18-May-16 13:20:30


I speak Scottish Gaelic and some Irish and I find girls names much easier to choose from the Irish tradition, not sure why. Think most of the Irish speakers I know have Irish names, not so of Scottish Gaelic speakers (women, anyway)

TheGirlOnTheLanding Wed 18-May-16 13:21:56


Not Gaelic but Scottish

Eigg Wed 18-May-16 13:24:38

Elspeth (or Elspet)

Arborea Wed 18-May-16 13:32:10


BikeRunSki Wed 18-May-16 13:32:13


CaptainWarbeck Wed 18-May-16 13:33:33


Haudyerwheesht Wed 18-May-16 13:34:57


We almost called Dd Ealasaid but dh thought it was a bit too unusual. I still love it then.

HaggisnNeeps Wed 18-May-16 13:50:28

Thanks everyone, this is a great help!
I am not 100% sure how Ealasaid is pronounced, I have seen different options?
poster Sgoinneal, we lived in Ireland for a while, and I fell in love with lots of Irish names, particularly Saoirse smile
I quite like Marsaili, but it wouldn't sound good with our surname and Islay is also not an option (lovely as the name is!).

FlaptheWings Wed 18-May-16 14:01:32

I know squoosh, I'm a Fifer so not too far from bridie country! It's still quite a sweet name

Sgoinneal Wed 18-May-16 15:11:23

In my admittedly non-standard accent, Ealasaid is ee-AL-uh-setch which sounds kind of like 'yalasetch' when said quickly.

squoosh Wed 18-May-16 15:28:42

The only person called Bridie I know is about 1000 years old and the farthest thing from sweet you could imagine Flap! grin

HaggisnNeeps Wed 18-May-16 18:43:00

Can you tell me if the correct pronouncation of Marsaili is Mar-sel-ay? Also, what do people think about Breagha?

Sgoinneal Wed 18-May-16 19:10:37

Yes, but usually said in Gaelic accents like Mar-shall-ay.

Breagha is a lovely sounding word, could be hard to carry but no worse than calling someone Bonnie or Belle!

deste Wed 18-May-16 21:34:42

Kirsty, Iona, Mhorag, Isla, Lindsey.

OneMagnumisneverenough Wed 18-May-16 22:05:58


HaggisnNeeps Thu 19-May-16 09:17:50

I quite like Vaila and I do like Maraili, but I don't think it will go with my surname. I really like Breagha, Iona and Skye, but not to sure if Skye and Iona are overly popular and Breagha is a bit too out there? I like Muirne too, but get an image in my head of a wee sad girl when I say the name!

MrsPickwick Thu 19-May-16 12:33:11

I'm expecting a boy, but if he'd been a girl the names on the top of my list were:

Eubha (pronounced Ava)
Aifric (Aff-rick - this is technically Irish, but there is a Glen Aifric in Scotland!)
Maili (pronounced, I believe, like the country Mali, but I never got round to checking this with my Gaelic teacher)

There's Ailsa too, which I think is pretty. And this probably isn't what your going for, but Shetland and Orkney have some great Norse names - like Astrid.

Saoirse is lovely but we passed because the pronunciation is very different in Scots Gaelic than in Irish, and not quite as nice. Not a problem unless you live in a Gaelic-speaking part of Scotland, though smile

ThirstyNell Thu 19-May-16 12:40:06

What about Siocha, pronounced She-Ocha. It's from the Irish Gaelic word for peace, siochán.

OneMagnumisneverenough Thu 19-May-16 13:06:46

You could also go for place names which sometimes work better for boys. I do know a Nairne though which is pretty.

Other suggestions:

and my current favourite girls name:

Lorna. It just reminds me of hills and glens and ruddy cheeks and wild hair and wellies.

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