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Frida9 · 27/09/2022 09:18

Hi, me and my husband are trying to think of a good Scottish boys name for our baby due at the start of next year but we're struggling.

Callum, Cameron, Malcolm, Gregor and Ruairidh/Rory are all out for various reasons.

I like Fraser but my husband isn't keen. Only name we agree on is Ian but I'm worried it's a bit middle aged

Neither of us is keen on "new"/trendy names such as Struan or Lachlan.

Anyone got any suggestions?

OP posts:
midsomermurderess · 27/09/2022 20:39

I think Ian is having a bit of a lull. I find it hard to believe it is on the road to extinction, it's such an embedded Scottish name. Soonish, it will fell fresh.

waltzingparrot · 27/09/2022 21:00

Finbar
Caelan

Luredbyapomegranate · 27/09/2022 22:39

Kester - Scottish form of Christopher
Innes
Gillies
Lorne
Robert
Duncan
Donald
Douglas

Ian is middle aged, bit early to revive. Ewan?

CharlotteByrde · 27/09/2022 23:03

I like Ian. Or Iain if you fancy an extra letter. And Nicol and Jamie are both easy names to live with.

pitterypattery00 · 27/09/2022 23:16

I like lots of Scottish boys names, including Fraser. Iain is ok but dated to me (much prefer that spelling to Ian). Ideas...

Roderick (Roddy)
Ross
Euan
Nairn
Sholto
Murdo
Alexander (Sandy)
Arran
Innes
Kenneth
Jamie
Findlay
Hector
Lorne

Dinoteeth · 28/09/2022 11:04

Iain is a classic name, Gaelic for John so I don't really think it will appear dated.

Dinoteeth · 28/09/2022 11:05

I do prefer it with the Iain spelling rather than just Ian.

AmandaMirandaPanda · 28/09/2022 20:52

Just adding a few that I think have not been mentioned (some of these aren't Scottish in origin, but have a history of use in Scotland):

Brendan
Cormac
Evander
Gavan/Gavin
Hugh
Neil/Niall
Ringan
Torquil

Dinoteeth · 28/09/2022 23:11

Brendan, Cormac, & Evander all sound Irish to me.

Hugh, Gavin, & Neil are all OK

Ringan I've never heard of sound made up.

Torquil, I've never came across a Torquil of any age.

mathanxiety · 29/09/2022 02:20

Evander is 100% not Irish.

AmandaMirandaPanda · 29/09/2022 02:33

Dinoteeth · 28/09/2022 23:11

Brendan, Cormac, & Evander all sound Irish to me.

Hugh, Gavin, & Neil are all OK

Ringan I've never heard of sound made up.

Torquil, I've never came across a Torquil of any age.

Yes, Brendan and Cormac are Irish in origin ... as I said at the beginning of my post "(some of these aren't Scottish in origin, but have a history of use in Scotland):"

Evander (Iomhar) and Torquil (Torcall) are Scottish, although both are anglicised versions of the Gaelic names that I've noted (OP said that she preferred not to use Gaelic forms as she and her husband don;t have direct connections to Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.)

Ringan is a Scottish form of Ninian.

LostInTheColonies · 29/09/2022 03:37

Duncan
Angus
Blair
Fergus
Hamish
Euan
Hector
I love Scottish boys' names 😁

BeachStripes · 29/09/2022 04:40

More unusual:

Tormod
Corran

More Gaelic:

Fionnlach
Ruairidh

Presume Logan will fall into your “too modern” category.

Brodie, Keir,
James/Jamie/Jimmy
Gregor
Moray/Murray

Notasyoungasiwas · 29/09/2022 05:39

I have a Stuart

midsomermurderess · 29/09/2022 19:40

I think Torquil, for good or Ill, might be too associated with lamfart (red trousers, land rovers, the New Town) types. It would be a bold choice.

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