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6 Things to Know About Scottish Names

There’s so much more than meets the eye when it comes to Scottish names. For starters, there are many different name variations that have been used throughout history, and even today. There’s also a lot of misconceptions about these names in the media that we need to clear up for you! In this blog post, we’re going to cover 6 things you should know about Scottish names – all backed by solid research and data.

First, let’s start with a little background on Scottish names. Scots are the people who inhabit Scotland and have historically been called Gaels in Ireland before being renamed by outsiders to avoid confusion.

We should note that there is no such thing as one singular “Scottish name.” There are many different variations of surnames that had been used throughout history, but have now died out due to immigration or assimilation into other cultures. The most common historical variant was Mac which means “son of”. Today you’ll find these variants spelled two ways: Mc (or M’c) for Gaelic descendants and Mac for those from Norman origins or English settlers after the 17th century; some use both spellings interchangeably depending on the context.

1. Scottish names are traditionally given to children born on the feast day of Saint Andrew

2. The name “Mc” is a prefix that denotes the family’s surname and is often used in place of a first name

3. Traditionally, there are two types of Scottish surnames – those stemming from Gaelic (O’Connor, MacLeod) and those stemming from Anglo-Saxon (Smith). 

4. Surnames were not adopted until after 1707 when Scotland was united with England under King George I

5. Women typically do not change their last name if they marry 

6. The most popular male and female Scottish names are Liam and Rachel respectively

7. Scottish names are usually derived from a nickname or the name of a place

8 The most common surnames in Scotland are Smith, Brown, and Wilson

9. There is no “J” in the Scottish alphabet – they use a “Y” instead

10. A traditional Scotsman’s name might be Dougal Macdonaldson 

11. The word for son-in-law is swain (pronounced like ‘swayn’) 

12. Some people have two last names to show their heritage this can be seen as something that makes them proud of their roots

What is your name? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it? These are all questions that we may not have ever really asked ourselves. From the time we are born, our parents pick a name for us and usually with no knowledge of what that means or how to say it. But what if they chose differently? What if instead of naming our children after their grandparents, their great-grandparents, or even themselves; they picked a Scottish name instead. Here are six things to know about Scottish names:

If you are looking for a name that is unique and has a special meaning, then this blog post is just what you need. We will discuss 6 of the most popular Scottish names and their meanings. If you like any of these names, make sure to check out our list of baby boy names or baby girl names!

It’s not just that Scottish names are so beautiful. It’s the history behind them that makes them even more interesting! Did you know, for example, that many Scottish names were given to families who had strong connections with clans and lords? If you’re looking for a unique name for your little one-or maybe even want to give your own child an authentic Scottish moniker- here are six things to know about Scottish names.

There is no such thing as “Mc” in Scotland; 2) Family name origins can be traced back centuries ago; 3) Many traditional Scottish surnames were derived from occupations like shepherds (MacPherson), fishermen (MacLeod), and blacksmiths (Smith); 4) Not all Scots have an official legal surname , but many carry an ancestral name with them;  and 6) Many Scottish surnames are derived from the geography of their homeland.

What’s in a name? Well, for some people, their whole identity. The Scots have a long history that often includes names of family members and ancestors who gave them the surname to live up to. Over time, many Scottish surnames have evolved into other spellings or shortened versions of themselves as they adapted to English conventions. These are six things you might not know about Scottish names: 

Scottish names are usually two syllables long

Most Scottish names end in -son or -dge, meaning that they’re masculine

The most popular female name is Margaret 

Some common male names are Andrew, Robert, and Cameron 

There’s a strong tradition of naming children after their grandparents, uncles/aunts, or godparents (often called “patronymics”) 

All babies born on New Year’s Day will be named James

I’m sure you’ve heard about all the different names for Scotland. But what are some of the things that Scottish names have in common? Here are six things to know about Scottish Names.  1) The most popular male name is James, and it’s been a popular choice since 1759. 2) In 1999, there were more than twice as many girls named Jessica as boys with that name (10,000 vs 5,000). 3) There are over 200 female first names in use by people living in Scotland today. 4) Many surnames derive from geographic location or occupation: MacGregor means son of Gregor; Campbell may come from Gaelic cam beul meaning ‘crooked mouth’ or Old Norse kampi.