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Name Your Baby Girl Today With One Of The Popular Or Traditional Scottish Names

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Names of girls in Scotland are usually associated with the rich history and culture of the colourful country. Traditional names were influenced from ancient Celtic or Gaelic, or Old English, while some names have the flavours of European countries which have touched this land.

Origins of all names in Scotland dates back to centuries and depended on a number of factors like name of the clan you belonged to, the place where you lived etc. Most of them were nicknames which were then developed into proper names based on what they look like. They also have a strong Irish influence in their names as there is a strong link between the Catholic church of Ireland and the faith in Scotland.

In the medieval times, people did not have much freedom to choose baby names as they do today. They had to consider a small pool of words which were considered ‘acceptable’ back then. With limited options available, there was a lot of sharing of the names, and it was easy to find tens of Heathers, Stuarts or Hamish. If you want to trace the history of a Scot with his name, it may not be very helpful as the usage of fixed or inherited family surnames were not popular and second and middle names were never even thought of.

You can see many girl names ending with ‘Ina’, to a boy name ‘Ina’ is added as suffix to give the feminine form. Most often just these three letters Una or Ina become their names, which are shortened versions of their original names which may be Christina or Georgina etc. Many English names have their Scottish versions, for example when Elizabeth is a popular name in England Scots would prefer the name as Elspeth, Elspet or Elspie. This was a popular old name, but now they have moved to choosing more attractive names for their girls like Enya or Euphemia.

Enya means ‘blazing jewel’ in Scottish and is actually an anglicized version of the Irish name Eithne. A 5th century Irish Saint and also a king’s daughter who was an early Irish convert to Christianity were called by this name Eithne. Euphemia is also a popular scot name taken from Greek; it carries the meaning of ‘auspicious speech or good repute’ and was the name of an early Christian martyr. People called Euphemia were usually nicknamed Effie.

Heather was a very common name for girls in Scotland. It refers to a plant which has small scale like leaves and purple-pink flowers which is found in these moorlands. In Old English it was referred to as Haddyr. As it is found in abundance in their lands, Scots use these plants for a wide variety of purposes like rope making, basket weaving to fragrant brooms and mattresses. The flowers were also used to dye fabric, cure ailments, provide aromatherapy and make ale.

The name Davina is a Scottish favourite for girls due to its resemblance to the word divine. It means ‘beloved or friend’ and is of Hebrew origin. It is the feminine version of David who according to the Old Testament was a shepherd and became the second King of Israel replacing Saul.

Caitriona is the Gaelic form of Catherine. While the Scot prefer this name, the Irish prefer the name Caitlin and the English Katherine. It means ‘pure’ and it became popular after stories of a colourful fourth century martyr Catherine of Alexandria reached their lands through Crusaders.

There are many other names that are people’s favourites in Scotland like Aileana, Isla or Blaine. Before you name your child, learn the meaning behind these names and choose a wise name.

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Scotland and the changes

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Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom (for the moment although another Independence referendum is, no doubt, not far away) along with England, Wales and Ulster (Northern Ireland). Occupying approximately one third of the land mass of the actual island of Great Britain and is bordered on three of it sides by sea, with the last being the land border with England. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands with the largest being the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Edinburgh, on the east coast, is the country's capital and second largest city and until recently (pre banking crisis) was one of Europe's largest financial centres. Historically important as the main centre for the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century. This was the intellectual and commercial movement which transformed Scotland into one of the powerhouses of Europe. Glasgow, on the West coast, is Scotland's largest city.

The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until the union of the Crowns in 1603 when James the VI became James the I of England also. Although this is often viewed as a mere personal union the "real end" came in 1707. The Act of 1707 when Scotland entered into a political union with England to create the united Kingdom of Great Britain was in essence the "death knell" for Scottish Independence.

Whatever your reason for visiting these pages, be it that you are considering a vacation, interested in learning more about Scottish history or even Scottish Names, a holiday or are simply looking for information on Scottish culture or living in Scotland, then hopefully you will find it here.

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