Scottish baby names

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    The Scots release their own baby names data every year, held by the National Records of Scotland, and while there’s some crossover with the top baby names for 2018 so far and the most popular baby names in England and Wales over the last few years, the country have their very own set of trends and fashions when it comes to their Scottish baby names, including some more unique names.

    For the most popular list, the Scots’ rich and historic heritage can be found in their names, from the many classic Scottish baby names as well as the more unique and individual Scottish Gaelic names like Logan, Isla and Aaron.

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    The list of the top Scottish baby names by the National Records of Scotland is published every year in December, and the list covers all first names given to babies whose births were registered in Scotland during the first eleven months (or so) of the year.

    Here you can see the full top ten lists for both boys and girls names from the last four years – but we’ll have to wait a little longer before we can see the list for 2018!

    Most popular Scottish boys names in 2017

    1. Jack 2. Oliver 3. James 4. Lewis 5. Noah
    6. Logan 7. Harris 8. Alexander 9. Leo 10. Harry


    Most popular Scottish girls names in 2017

    1. Olivia 2. Emily 3. Isla 4. Sophie 5. Jessica
    6. Amelia 7. Ava 8. Ella 9. Charlotte 10. Aria


    Despite the unique name trends that have been getting stronger over the last few years, the only newcomer to the top ten list for boys between 2017 and 2016 was Logan – a Scottish name with roots in the historic south-western county of Ayrshire. Logan is said to be derived from the Scottish Gaelic lagan, which is a diminutive of ‘lag’, meaning a place, “hollow”.

    Most popular Scottish boys names in 2016

    1. Jack 2. James 3. Oliver 4. Lewis 5. Logan
    6. Harry 7. Noah 8. Leo 9. Charlie 10. Alexander

    Most popular Scottish girls names in 2016

    1. Olivia 2. Emily 3. Sophie 4. Isla 5. Ava
    6. Amelia 7. Jessica 8. Ella 9. Lucy 10. Charlotte

    If you’re looking for some slightly more ‘out-there’ name inspiration, take a leaf out of 2015’s book which saw lots of unique name inspirations. Below is a list of the top 12 most bizarre baby names for boys and girls from Scotland 2015 as well as the 20 most popular baby names, released by the National Records of Scotland.

    The year saw the births of 25,970 boys and 24,490 girls, with Jack coming in as the most popular for boys for the eighth year in a row. Emily remained firmly in the top spot for the second year running as the most popular girls’ name, too. Sophie previously held first place from 2005 – 2013.

    Most bizarre Scottish baby boy names in 2015

    1. Bowie 4. Bully 7. Panache 10. Buddy
    2. Larsson 5. Journey 8. Pepper 11. Peace
    3. Thor 6. Ziggy 9. Winter 12. Wisdom


    Most bizarre Scottish baby girl names in 2015

    1. Indy 4. Awesome 7. Wolf 10. Bliss
    2. Surely 5. Forest 8. Mercedes 11. Rogue
    3. Avana-Solaris 6. Fox 9. Porsche 12. Sunshine


    Most popular Scottish baby names for boys 2015

    1. Jack 6. Charlie 11. Finlay 16. Harry
    2. Oliver 7. Logan 12. Jacob 17. Alfie
    3. James 8. Lucas 13. Leo 18. Aaron
    4. Lewis 9. Harris 14. Noah 19. Adam
    5. Alexander 10. Daniel 15. Mason 20. Callum


    Most popular Scottish baby names for girls 2015

    1. Emily 6. Jessica 11. Grace 16. Anna
    2. Sophie 7. Amelia 12. Chloe 17. Millie
    3. Olivia 8. Ella 13. Freya 18. Eva
    4. Isla 9. Lucy 14. Ellie 19. Mia
    5. Ava 10. Lily 15. Emma 20. Sophia


    The report also details the second names chosen for babies by their parents in Scotland. James and John topped the charts for middle names with Rose and Elizabeth being most popular for baby girls.

    Top baby names for 2014

    And if you’re wondering which names have moved up and down the ranks in the last two years then here’s a peek at the most popular baby names from 2014.

    Scottish baby names for boys 2014

    1. Jack 6. Daniel 11. Mason 16. Harris
    2. James 7. Noah 12. Finlay 17. Aaron
    3. Lewis 8. Charlie 13. Max 18. Ethan
    4. Oliver 9. Lucas 14. Adam 19. Cameron
    5. Logan 10. Alexander 15. Harry 20. Jacob

    Scottish baby names for girls 2014

    1. Emily 6. Ava 11. Sophia 16. Chloe
    2. Sophie 7. Amelia 12. Ellie 17. Emma
    3. Olivia 8. Lucy 13. Grace 18. Mia
    4. Isla 9. Lily 14. Freya 19. Eilidh
    5. Jessica 10. Ella 15. Millie 20. Anna

    Did you choose a Scottish baby name for your little one? We’d love to hear it. Let us know by leaving a comment below!