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caoraich Mon 11-Jun-18 18:13:52

We live in Scotland, I'm Scottish and OH is Irish.

Baby will have a very obviously Irish surname and we're keen to give her something recognisably Scottish and not Irish as a first name. I'm a Gaelic speaker and hopefully baby will be too. We love Isla but it's so popular now and I already know three baby Islas!

Any thoughts?

carringtonm Mon 11-Jun-18 18:14:55

I love the name Eilidh.

SasBel Mon 11-Jun-18 18:18:59

Girls I know in Scotland are called:
Caelen (boys name)
Jamie (ditto)
Isla
Orla (Irish)
Rona
Sophie
Rose
Cora (means girl)
Rowan (pronounced Row like argument)
Eilidh

Hope that helps!

AgentCooper Mon 11-Jun-18 18:21:37

Kirsteen, Mhairi, Flora, Catriona, Cairistiona, Ishbel

EmmaC78 Mon 11-Jun-18 18:22:31

Eilidh is my favourite

SasBel Mon 11-Jun-18 18:26:51

Ooh, women that I know with Scottish names are:
Catriona
Isla
Eilidh
Morag (she is really lovely)
Shona
Liana
Rebecca
Catherine
Carol
Amy
Fiona
Mhairi
Roberta......

OllyBJolly Mon 11-Jun-18 18:35:29

Marsaili
Fiona
Iona
Mhairi
Vaila
Ealasaid

AltogetherAndrews Mon 11-Jun-18 18:40:11

Morven

caoraich Mon 11-Jun-18 18:43:52

Thank you all! Love Eilidh and I know a really nice Eilidh as well, don't know why we hadn't thought of it!

Love the sound of Vaila - it's one of the Shetland islands isn't it?

trueblueari Mon 11-Jun-18 18:44:40

Olly I'm in Scotland and never heard of Marsaili - it's beautiful! How is it pronounced?

Ailsa
Elspeth
Fiona
Flora
Kirsty
Munro

Scottish place names like Iona or Skye also work well (just don't go as far as the parents of the lovely lady I used to work with named Edinburga)

blibblibs Mon 11-Jun-18 18:44:44

Eilidh is my favourite, but if your ever thinking of moving to England, they really struggle with it.
Ishbel is nice too and Ruth.

fourpawswhite Mon 11-Jun-18 18:48:55

Maisie

Morag

Heather

Iona

peeseandchickle Mon 11-Jun-18 18:49:00

Another vote for Eilidh

macaronip1e Mon 11-Jun-18 18:50:09

I also like Eilish

peeseandchickle Mon 11-Jun-18 18:50:33

Oh and pronunciation wise if you ever are down south, I worked with an Eilidh and she just simply introduced her self saying "Eilidh. To rhyme with Hayley" and I never forgot how to pronounce after that! Simple 😊

trueblueari Mon 11-Jun-18 18:55:48

Alba

Shosha1 Mon 11-Jun-18 18:56:00

Laoghaire
Maisri
Geillis

alwaysreadyforablether Mon 11-Jun-18 19:00:58

Kirsty (although I may be biased on that one!)
Mhairi - pronounced as Varee
Siobhan

trueblueari Mon 11-Jun-18 19:15:22

Mhairi pronounced as Varee I know four Mhairis, all pronounced "marry".
To avoid confusion if you like the varee sound, you'd be better off going with Vari (I actually once met a lovely Vari and told her how pretty her name was) or Vhairi.

TeacupDrama Mon 11-Jun-18 19:15:43

I like Eilidh too, also Kirsty, Maighread, Marion, Fiona, Isobel ( different spellings available) Catriona Christina Kirsteen, Mairi

if choosing a Scottish gaelic name I would advise spelling it the scottish gaelic way as it's not always the same as Irish Gaelic

Isla and Skye I think are just too popular and personally I don't like Morag or Margaret much. I don't like the feminisation of boys names like Murdina, Dolina, Donalda

IAmALamp Mon 11-Jun-18 19:17:42

Morven

fizzandchips Mon 11-Jun-18 19:17:47

Flora

bridgetreilly Mon 11-Jun-18 19:18:28

I'd have said Siobhan was an Irish name, not Scottish, which is what the OP wants to avoid.

I love Morag, Agnes, or Catriona.

Mumsnut Mon 11-Jun-18 19:18:47

Salaidh

TeacupDrama Mon 11-Jun-18 19:20:37

Mairi is scottish gaelic but when you use certain nouns /names in the genitive case the sound changes as an "h" is inserted after letter b and m and it changes the sound from b or m to bh or mh which is an almost v sound, like the "dh" sound is pronounced like "y" in eilidh and ceilidh
the above is an oversimplification but it gives an idea

so Mairi is pronounced like marry but Mhairi is pronounced varee

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