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Scottish names - Fiona and Calum?

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ChrisQuean Mon 13-Nov-17 13:18:24

I'm Scottish and we want a Scottish name for DC3 due in January, but I have lived out the country for 18 years now, so I'm a bit out of touch with name fashions and connotations. DS1 and DS2 have Scottish names and DH has suggested, Fiona or Calum (probably one "l"). I quite like both, but not overwhelmed.

Any thoughts on those two names?

timeistight Mon 13-Nov-17 13:20:37

Classic Scottish names. I'd be happy with either of those.

Mrsknackered Mon 13-Nov-17 13:23:25

They're not really my style, but they're 'nice and normal' names, but not hugely popular.

My favourites are Hamish and Ishbel, if that's any help!

ChrisQuean Mon 13-Nov-17 14:29:47

Thanks all. I'm fine with nice, normal, uncontroversial etc grin. We're looking for easy to spell, classics, that aren't too popular, but not too dated either.

I like Hamish very much, bu we can't use it (surname and already "taken" in the family). Ishbel I love, but DH feels it's too way out for where we live now

WaxOnFeckOff Mon 13-Nov-17 14:43:47

I like them both and would have had a Calum if my sister hadn't beat me to it - by about 10 years!

My favourite girls name is Lorna, but also love Mairi and Kirsty. For boys I like Gregor, Euan and Keir too.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 13-Nov-17 15:37:57


AnyaMoondial Mon 13-Nov-17 15:38:50

My Scottish friend has recently had a baby girl called Rhona which i think is lovely.

EmmaC78 Mon 13-Nov-17 15:39:10

I would go for Eilidh for a girls name. Calum is nice for a boy.

MarieLaure Mon 13-Nov-17 18:44:09

I like both. Fiona is really unusual for children (but I don't think dated - more of an underused classic).

I think Fraser, Angus, Flora, Isobel also fit your criteria, and I love Euan (as suggested above) and Catriona (minor spelling and pronounciation issues outside Scotland though).

museumum Mon 13-Nov-17 18:47:36

Good names.
Calum is quite popular here but not ridiculously so.
Fiona less popular for babies born now.

loobybear Mon 13-Nov-17 18:50:34

Callum is lovely. I tend to think of Fiona as an older name, probably because all the Fionas I know are 30+.
Marian or Mhairi are lovely traditional girls names and not overused.

FairfaxAikman Mon 13-Nov-17 18:50:57

I love Fiona and it will likely be a middle name for DC1 if it’s a girl.

If you’re not keen, how about Flora?

Calum wouldn’t be my choice, but it’s definitely not “out there”.

Lavabravacava Mon 13-Nov-17 18:53:07

I was considering Calum but somebody pointed out that all the Calums they ever taught at school were naughty. When I thought about it I could only remember naughty Calums too! However right now I have a lovely wee Calum in my class who is just great so maybe the trend of naughty Calums has passed.

tabulahrasa Mon 13-Nov-17 18:56:42

Calum's pretty classic, not overly popular or really unusual

Fiona... I don't think I know one under 40 - I'm not sure that's a good thing?

paniconthestreetsofdreams Mon 13-Nov-17 18:58:50

Isobel 😍

WaxOnFeckOff Mon 13-Nov-17 19:11:33

I came across a little Shona a while ago, it was a lovely change.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 13-Nov-17 19:12:40

I think Fiona is pretty dated (and not in a granny chic way - more a Sharon/Tracy era name). There were 12 Fionas in my year at school (I'm pushing fifty) and I don't hear it as a child's name nowadays. But depending of where you live now, it may be different - I think Shrek gave the name a more recent surge of popularity in the US. The male equivalent would be Iain - again all the ones I come across are middle-aged.

Calum is more of a classic name that hasn't gone away, along with Euan, Gregor, Cameron etc.

Groovee Mon 13-Nov-17 19:16:34

Euan or Murray?

Eilidh, Shona, Isla and Iona would be my girls choices now.

Daisymay2 Mon 13-Nov-17 19:18:15

Scottish parents I know have children called Campbell, Fraser, Connor, Alexander, Cameron and Iain. Don't know why they all seem to be boys.
I know a couple of Scots called Fiona as well.
Reminds me that when we were lookin to name DS2 most of the names I liked were Scottish and DH asked me what was wrong with a non Scottish name like Andrew!

TheScottishPlay Mon 13-Nov-17 19:22:29

Love them both. DS would have been a Calum but it just doesn't suit our surname. My BF is Fiona. She is lovely.
Also love Innes, Thane, Alister and Duncan for boys. Mirren, Blythe and Karina for girls.

SuperLoudPoppingAction Mon 13-Nov-17 19:22:34

Morna's lovely. As is Eilidh.

There's quite a few Rhuairidh's around here, but not so many in the south.

MiriAmmerman Mon 13-Nov-17 19:26:33

I like Fiona and Calum.

I also like:



DownHereInTheHorridHouse Mon 13-Nov-17 19:27:46

Sorry, I think they're awful - I know a toddler Fiona and it just seems so wrong. As someone said upthread, it isn't a granny chic name, it's just dull and dated. I also have a strong dislike of Isla as there are so very many of them.

Flora is lovely though smile.

All of the boy's names sound like 50-year-old farmers. Brodie is quite nice for girl or boy, and I think Fergus straddles the traditional-but-still-quite-cool quite well.

marmitecheesetoast Mon 13-Nov-17 19:35:36

Fiona is nice but I also don't know any under the age of 35...

Calum was on our list for a boy and I also felt I liked it but wasn't overwhelmed with it, I really struggled with boys names but my favourite was Fraser.

For girls I like
Eilidh (I'm biased!)
Iona (depending on your surname!)

Pandham13 Mon 13-Nov-17 19:38:25

Callum is the Scottish spelling, Calum is the French spelling.
I love Harris, Finley, Jack, James, Harrison and calan.

Eilidh,, Iona, Skye, Murron, isabel,

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