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100 Strong Scottish Gaelic Boys Names for Your Wee Bairn

Are you searching for the perfect name for your baby boy? A Gaelic name can celebrate your Scottish or Irish heritage or pay tribute to a beautiful culture, even if you don’t hail from a Gaelic speaking area. This list of Scottish Gaelic boys names will help you find the perfect name for your son.

Gaelic Names for Boys

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100 Scottish Gaelic Names for Boys

Gaelic names are extremely popular right now. They have a rugged feel without being cheesy. 

You may want to choose a Gaelic name to honour your Scottish or Irish history. Or you may admire the culture and pay homage to it by choosing a Gaelic name. Or maybe you just like the sound of Scottish names, which are undeniably cool.

Many moms enjoy the Netflix show, Outlander, or the amazing series of books the show is based on. If you love Outlander, a Scottish name could be perfect for your baby boy.

We’ve compiled a list of over 100 Scottish Gaelic boys names to help you in your quest for the perfect baby name. Many of these names are also used in Ireland, but we focused specifically on Scottish names for this post.

Take a look below and maybe you’ll find the perfect Scottish Gaelic name for your baby boy!

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Scottish Gaelic Boys Names

Aidan

Anglicized form of Aodhan.

Ainsley

Meaning ‘solitary woodland clearing’, this name was originally a surname.

Alasdair

Scottish form of Alexander, which is from the Greek for ‘defending men’.

Alistair

Anglicized version of Alasdair.

Angus

Anglicized spelling of Aonghus, meaning ‘one strength’.

Archibald

Meaning ‘genuine’ and ‘bold’. This name was a Norman name, being influenced by Germanic and Greek elements. It was popular in Scotland in the Middle Ages.

Archie

Diminutive of Archibald.

Arran

After an island off the coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde.

Artair

Scottish version of Arthur.

Barclay

Meaning ‘birch wood’, this was originally a place name.

Beathan

Name derived from the Gaelic word for life, ‘beatha’.

Blair

Originally a Scottish surname, from the Gaelic for ‘plain’ or ‘field’.

Boyd

Originally a Scottish surname coming from the island of Bute.

Bruce

Originally a last name, commonly associated with Robert the Bruce, a 14th century Scottish hero. 

Cailean

In Gaelic this name means ‘young whelp’ or is used as the Scottish form of Columba, which is Latin for ‘dove’.

Calum

Scottish form of Columba, meaning ‘dove’ in Latin.

Cinaed

In Gaelic this name means ‘born of fire’ and is anglicized as Kenneth.

Colin

Anglicized version of Coilean or Cailean.

Conall

In Gaelic this name means ‘strong wolf’.

Cormag

Scottish version of Cormac, which in Irish Gaelic means ‘raven’ and ‘son’.

Daividh

Gaelic version of David, the Hebrew name meaning ‘beloved’ or ‘uncle’.

Dand

Scottish nickname for Andrew, which means ‘masculine’ in Greek.

Davie

Scottish nickname for David.

Dermid

Anglicized spelling of Diarmad, meaning ‘without envy’.

Donald

From the Gaelic name, Domhnall, meaing ‘ruler of the world.

Dougal

Anglicized spelling of Dubhghall, meaning ‘dark stranger’.

Douglas

From the Scottish surname, Dubhglas, which means ‘dark river’. It was originally a place name and became a name of one of the Scottish clans.

Duff

Gaelic word for ‘dark’.

Dugald

A variant of the name Dougal.

Duncan

English spelling of the Gaelic name, Donnchadh, the meaning of which coming from the Gaelic words for ‘brown’ and ‘battle’. 

Eanraig

The Gaelic spelling of Henry, which means ‘home ruler’.

Erskine

Originally a surname, referring to a Scottish town. It Gaelic it means ‘projecting height’.

Evander

English spelling of Iomhar, meaning ‘yew’ and ‘warrior’.

Ewan

Anglicized spelling of Eoghan, meaning ‘born from a yew tree’.

Farquhar

English spelling of Fearchar, meaning ‘dear man’.

Fergus

Anglicized spelling of the Gaelic name, Fearghas, which  means ‘man of vigour’.

Fife

A place name in Scotland that was originally one of the kingdoms of Scotland.

Filib

Scottish spelling of Philip, which means ‘friend of horses’.

Fingal

In Gaelic this name means ‘white stranger’.

Finley

Anglicized version of Fionnlagh, meaning ‘white warrior’ in Gaelic.

Forbes

A Scottish surname meaning ‘field’.

Fraser

Originally a surname. The surname of the main character, Jamie in the popular book and television series, Outlander.

Gavin

Popular Scottish form of Gawain. Gawain was a popular medieval name, and the nephew of King Arthur in legend.

Gilchrist

Name derived from a Gaelic phrase meaning ‘servant of Christ’.

Gillespie

Meaning ‘servant of the bishop,’ this is the Anglicized spelling of the Gaelic, Gille Easbaig.

Glenn

Meaning ‘valley,’ this was originally a Scottish surname.

Gordon

A place name in Berwiskshire meaning ‘spacious fort’.

Graeme

A variation of the surname, Graham.

Graham

Originally from the surname, Grantham, an old English word meaning ‘gravelly homestead’, brought to Scotland in the 12th century.

Grant

A Scottish surname, originally from the French ‘grand’.

Greer

A surname which originated from Gregor.

Greig

Scottish diminuitive of Gregory, meaning ‘watchful, alert’.

Hamish

Anglicized form of ‘a Sheumais’, which is a form of James, which comes from the Hebrew name, Jacob.

Hendry

Scots variant of Henry, meaning ‘home ruler’.

Iain

Scottish spelling of John, which means ‘gracious’.

Ian

Alternate Scottish spelling of John.

Innes

Anglicized version of Aonghus, meaning ‘one strength’.

Irvine

Variant of Irving.

Irving

Meaning ‘green water’, this was originally a surname.

Islay

The island of Islay is just off the coast of Scotland. 

Jamie

A nickname for James in Lowland Scotland. Currently very popular with fans of the Outlander book and television series.

Jock

Scottish form of Jack.

Keir

Originally a surname, which was a form of Kerr.

Keith

From a Scottish surname, originally a place name, meaning ‘wood’.

Kenneth

Anglicized version of Coinneach (handsome) and Cinaed (born of fire).

Kentigern

Meaning ‘chief lord’ in Gaelic and was a 6th century saint from Glasglow.

Kerr

Originally a surname, meaning ‘rough, wet ground’.

Lachlan

Originally referred to a person from Norway (known as land of the lakes).

Lennox

Meaning ‘place of the elms’, this name was originally a surname. 

Lindsay

Originally a surname used in England and Scotland.

Logan

Meaning ‘little hollow’, this was originally a place name.

Malcolm

Meaning ‘a discliple of Saint Columba’, this was the name of several kings of Scotland.

Markas

The Scottish version of Mark, which comes from the Roman god, Mars, and means ‘male’.

Micheil

Gaelic spelling of Michael, meaning ‘who is like God’.

Monroe

A surname meaning ‘from the mouth of the Roe’.

Moray

A variation of Murray, which is a Scottish and Irish surname.

Muir

Meaning ‘moor’ or ‘sea’ in Gaelic.

Murdo

Anglicized spelling of Muireadhach, meaning ‘lord’, or Murchadh, meaning ‘sea warrior’.

Murray

A Scottish or Irish surname.

Neacel

Scottish form of Nicholas, meaning ‘victory of the people’.

Niall

Gaelic spelling of Neil, meaning ‘chapion’.

Nicol

Scottish and Medieval English form of Nicholas.

Niven

Anglicized spelling of Naomhan, meaning ‘little saint’.

Padraig

Scottish form of Patrick, meaning ‘nobleman’.

Rab

Scottish nickname for Robert, meaning ‘bright fame’. Rabbie Burns is a famous Scottish poet.

Ramsay

Variant of Ramsey, which was originally a surname from the place name meaning ‘wild-garlic island’.

Roderick

meaning’famous power’.

Ronald

Scottish form of the Scandinavian name, Ragnvaldr, meaning ‘advice’ and ‘ruler’.

Rory

Anglicized spelling of Ruaidhri, meaning ‘red king’.

Ross

A Scottish and English surname referring to a person from the area of Ross in northern Scotland.

Roy

Anglicized version of Ruadh, meaning ‘red’.

Sawney

Scottish form of Sandy, a diminuitive of Alexander.

Scott

A Scottish and English surname, originally referring to a person originating from Scotland.

Seoras

Scottish version of George, meaning ‘farmer’.

Seosaidh

Scottish version of Joseph, meaning ‘he will add’.

Seumas

Scottish version of James.

Shaw

Meaning ‘wolf’, this was originally a surname.

Somerled

Meaning ‘summer traveler’, this name was originally from the Old Norse. In the 12th century a Scottish warlord formed a kingdom on the Scottish islands.

Sorley

Anglicized version of Somhairlee, meaning ‘summer traveller’.

Steafan

Scottish version of Stephen, meaning ‘crown’.

Steenie

Scottish nickname for Stephen.

Stuart

Originally a surname, it became popular to honour the Stuart royal family, which produced several Scottish and English kings.

Sweeney

Anglicized version of Suibhne, meaning ‘well-going’ in Gaelic.

Tam

Nickname for Thomas, meaning ‘twin’.

Tamhas

Scottish form of Thomas.

Taskill

Anglicized version of Tasgakll, and old Norse name meaning ‘god’ and ‘helmet’.

Tavish

From the surname McTavish, meaning ‘son of Thomas’.

Wallace

A Scottish or English surname, originally meaning ‘Welsh’ or ‘foreigner’. William Wallace was a 13th century Scottish hero who is a symbol of Scottish freedom and whose story was featured in the movie, Braveheart.

Well, that’s our list of Scottish Gaelic boys names. I hope this list will help you find the perfect names for your wee bairn!

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