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    Apr 27, Scottish Dog Names: Girls and Boys

    By Janice Jones   |Last Updated 04-13-2023

    Think Scottish and you are likely to conjure up images of Bagpipes, Kilts and Scotch whiskey. 

    Lest sounding a little cliché, Scotland is also known for their haggis, porridge and shortbread.

    Home to highlands, lochs, hundreds, and hundreds of islands, Scotland is a modern country with a rich long history. 

    The Loch Ness Monster might make his home there,  but to dog people, the country represents a long tradition of breeding amazing dogs. 

    Scottish Dog Names for your dog originating in ScotlandGreat Scottish Dog Names

    The Scots developed many of the modern breeds, quite a few being small dogs.   

    So, if you have a

    Border Terrier
    Cairn Terrier
    West Highland White Terrier
    Shetland Sheepdog
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier
    Scottish Terrier

    Why not consider a good old Scottish Name for your pooch.

    There are many more amazing Scottish names out there but I chose these names because they were short and did not did not sound like any English Language Dog Commands.

    Those are Only the Small Dog Breeds from Scotland.  Here’s More Scottish Breeds that are Too Large for this Site

    Bearded Collie

    Golden Retriever

    Gordon Setter

    Rough Collie

    Scottish Deerhound

    Smooth Collie

    Skye Terrier

    Girl Scottish Dog Names

    Adaira – from the fork at the oak tree

    Aggie – Pure or Chase

    Aila – From a strong place

    Ailsa – from an old Viking name of a Scottish island

    Ainsley from Scottish meaning Clearing with a hermitage (girl or boy name)

    Alba – Gaelic word for Scotland

    Annie – means Gracie

    Bietris – voyager

    Blair – field or plain

    Bonni – Many charms and beauty

    Bridget – from the Gaelic meaning power or strength

    Girl Names Beginning with C

    Camden – Winding valley

    Cauley – meaning, “she is like a relic”

    Christie – of Scottish origin meaning Christian

    Ceit – Scottish Gaelic form of Kate or Catherine meaning pure

    Clutha – A Gaelic word meaning  “water goddess”.

    Colina –  a little puppy

    Cora – Maiden or young woman

    Girl Scottish Dog Names Beginning with D – G 

    Dallas (boy or girl) means living on a clearing

    Davina – from the male name David, loved one

    Donna – feminine form of the Scottish name Donald meaning mighty ruler

    Donalda – ruler of the world 

    Drew – Brave; the feminine form of Andrew

    Eara – from the East

    Elise – means pledged to God

    Elsbeth – the Scottish equivalent of Elizabeth

    Fenella – one with a fair shoulder

    Fergie (for a boy or a girl) means vigorous

    Fiona – meaning fair

    Forba – from Celtic meaning headstrong

    Gavina – white hawk

    Grizel – fighting in darkness

    Girl Puppy Names H – I- J

    Heather – a type of flower;  It also means good luck

    Ina – from Anglo Saxon meaning home or to entertain

    Isla – From Islay or Rocky Place

    Jaime – Feminine form of James

    Jaine – from old Scottish meaning “a little girl that was a gift from God”

    Jannet – the Scottish for girls

    Girl Scottish Dog Names K – M – N

    Keavy – Pretty, gentle

    Keitha- Forest

    Kenna – meaning Born from the flames

    Lesley – Originally from Celtic or Gaelic and comes from a Scottish place name

    Macaulay – Righteous

    McKinsey – Daughter of the fair one

    Maisy – meaning Pearl

    Nes – a gentle person

    Nessa – another form of Loch Ness Monster

    Nessie – from the Loch Ness Monster 

    Girl Scottish Dog Names P – W

    Paisley – colorful fabric first produced in Paisley, Scotland

    Peigi (pronounced peggy) Pearl

    Shannon –Originally from Celtic meaning old, wise

    Sheena – God is Grace

    Sine – (pronounced She-na) God is merciful

    Slaine (pronounced Slaw-na) Healthy

    Tara – From Celtic meaning hill, star or savior

    Tammy – meaning twin, sweet

    Teagan – originally from Welsh, meaning pretty, fair

    Teasag – (pronounced Chaw-sag)  means God is merciful

    Tyra – from Old Norse meaning light, deity

    Vika– meaning from the creek

    Wynda – from the narrow passages

    Boy Scottish Dog Names 

    Adair – from Gaelic meaning from the oak tree ford

    Agan – can be used for a boy or girl meaning beautiful or handsom

    Alaister – defender of men

    Aklen – Scottish version of Alan

    Alec – from the Scottish meaning abbreviation of Alexander; defender of mankind

    Angus – From the Shakespeare Play, Macbeth

    Avery – place name

    Boy Scottish Dog Names Beginning with B

    Banner – ensign bearer

    Barclay – originally a Scottish Surname

    Blane – little yellow one

    Blair – meaning field of battle

    Bowie – yellow haired boy

    Boyd – meaning blonde

    Broc – like a badger

    Brody – refers to the castle Brodie in Scotland

    Bruce – Originally a surname 

    Bryce – from both the Scottish and Celtic

    Bryson – a freckled man’s son

    Boy Names Beginning with C

    Cailin – a modern one

    Cameron – name of a highland clan meaning crocked nose

    Camden – from the winding valley;  originally a surname

    Camp – Scottish meaning crooked mouth

    Campbell – name of a famous Highland Clan

    Carson – meaning son of a marsh dweller

    Colin – From the Gaelic meaning child or cub

    Collin – from the Gaelic meaning People’s victory

    Conall – means strong wolf in Gaelic

    Cormag – Scottish form of Cormac – 3rd century king of Ireland

    Craig – A person who lives near a crag

    Crichton – originally a surname meaning from the rocky town (girl or boy name)

    Clyde – a place name referring to the River Clyde in Scotland

    Curra – a hero

    Curran – a dagger

    Boy Scottish Dog Names D

    Davis – David’s son

    Donald – From Celtic meaning ruler of all

    Dougal – dark stranger

    Douglas – from the Scottish meaning black river

    Dove – dark and shady

    Dow – a dark haired one with a happy heart

    Duff – Meaning dark

    Dugal – Scottish form of Dougal

    Duncan – Scottish royal name and brown warrier

    Dunlop – means muddy hilltop

    Dun – brown skin soldier

    Boy Scottish Dog Names E

    Ellar – Monastery steward

    Ervin – a beautiful friend

    Erwin – a friend that is beautiful or fresh

    Ever – strong as a boar

    Ewan – of Irish and Scottish meaning Young

    Ewen – one who is of the yew tree

    Fang – a pen for sheep

    Fergus – Strong and manly

    Ferris – one who makes good choices

    Finlay – meaning White Warrior

    Fletcher – English version of Gaelic name, Mac an Fhleisteir

    Fraser– coming from Clan Fraser in the lowlands

    Boy Names G 

    Gavin – Means White Hawk

    Gawen – bird or hawk used as a weapon

    Gibbs – Scottish surname

    Gillean – servant of St. John

    Glasgow – biggest city in Scotland

    Glenn – Gaelic word for valley

    Gordan – (or Gorden) untidy and restless

    Graham – from English and Scottish origin meaning from the gray home

    Grant – meaning great

    Greig – dynamic,restless and independent

    Grier – means Vigilant

    Gus –  coolest kid

    Boy Scottish Dog Names H – J

    Hacket – Norman person name

    Haddow – a person from Haddo (medieval location in Aberdeen)

    Hamil – hill with grass

    Harper – English version of an old Gaelic name, Mac a’ Chruiteir

    Hensonson of Henry

    Hogg – Scottish surname

    Houston – place name from High’s town

    Ian – God is gracious

    Irvin – from the city

    Jackson – God is gracious

    Jamie – supplanter

    Boy Names K-L

    Kade – from the wetlands

    Kendric – Royal chieftain

    Ken born of fire

    Kennet Born of fire

    Kerkfrom the church

    Kevinborn of fire

    Kin – From the top of the cliff

    Kinny – From the top of the cliff

    Kirk – Short for Kester, meaning Christ bearer

    Kyle – Meaning Church

    Lachlan – a person from the land of lakes or lochs

    Lennox – a place name and clan name;  Lennox the Scottish nobleman is a character in the play MacBeth

    Lewis – Meaning Fame and War

    Logan – Hollow or Lowland

    Lucas – From Lucania

    Lyle – From the Island

    Boy Scottish Dog Names M-0

    Macbeth – son of Beth

    Mack – meaning son of Flann

    Malcolm – Servant of Saint Columba; a royal name in Scotland.

    Marcas – from Scottish and Irish, form of Mark

    Max – The stream of Mack

    Maxwell – The stream of Mack

    McCree – Scottish Family Name

    McDuff – Family or Surname originally from Gaelic meaning dark

    McFadden – Anglicized form of Gaelic

    McGillBoth Scottish and Irish in origin

    McGregor – son of a shepherd

    McGowan – son of the smith

    Michael – Like God

    Mitch – Like God

    Monroe – Surname meaning from the mouth of the roe

    Muir – The sea

    Munroe – from Ro

    Murdock – from the Scottish and Celtic meaning protector of the sea

    Murray – from the sea

    Neil – Champion

    Ness – From the Headland

    Norris – From the north

    Boy Dog Names P-W

    Paton – Royal

    Peyton – Royal

    Pherson – Parson

    Quinn – surname

    Ramsey – from Ramsey

    Reed – red haired also Redd and Reid

    Robert – famous

    Ross – common Scottish surname

    Rory – Red haired king

    Roth, Roy, Royal and Royall all mean red

    Boy Scottish Dog Names S – W

    Scott – a wanderer

    Scottie or Scotty – form of Scott

    Shaw – terse

    Sinclair – From Saint Clair sur Elle 

    Sloan – Warrior

    Stewart – Keeper of the estate

    Stuart – a guardian

    Tavis – meaning twin

    Todd – fox

    Tory – from Craggy hills

    Tyrone – Island dweller

    Wallace – stranger

    Watson – common Scottish surname

    Place/Locations that Make Great Scottish Dog Names

    Sterling Castle ScottlandSterling Castle

    Aberdeen – Scotland’s third most populous city.

    Andrews – for St. Andrews, a burgh in east Scotland that is also home to St. Andrews University.

    Arran – as in the Isle of Arran.

    Cuillin – a range of rocky mountains located on the Isle of Skye.

    Dunbar – a small coastal town and whose name comes from old Gaelic

    Dundee – Scotland’s 4th largest city

    Edinburgh – the capital city of Scotland.

    Embra – slang for Edinburgh.

    Glasgow – the largest city in Scotland.

    Hamilton – one of the larger cities in Scotland

    Iona – Small Island on Scotland’s western side

    Islay – another Scottish island.

    Larbert – a small town whose name dates back to the Dark Ages

    Lomond – for Lake Lomond, a freshwater Scottish loch.

    Skye – as in the Isle of Skye, a gorgeous island in northwest Scotland. An old castle built in the 13th century

    Well Known Symbols that Make Great Scottish Dog Names

    Bagpipe player

    Ale– beer

    Bagpipes – a traditional Scottish musical instrument

    Bogbean – a Scottish herb used to flavor some ales.

    Cricket – another sport played in Scotland

    Drambuie – famous Scottish liquor 

    Fog – Very common weather feature (try Foggie)

    Golf – popular sport

    Haggis – A traditional Scottish dish

    Kelpie – a mythical character known as the Scottish “Water Horse.”  Probably not appropriate for the Australian Kelpie Dog Breed

    Kilt – garment worm by me in the Scottish Highlands

    Laddie  – name for a boy

    name for a girl

    Leekie – as in Cock a Leekie Soup – traditional soup of chicken stock and leeks

    Loch Ness or Nessie

    Neeps – Scottish term for rutabaga

    Peatie – cute for peat bogs common in Scotland

    Porridge – breakfast food made with oats

    Quid – an informal name for the Scottish currency

    popular sport in Scotland

    Scones – a
    traditional scottish pastry

    Shortbread – a popular Scottish dessert

    – either name would work for a dog

    Sterling – The name of Scottish currency

    Tartan – Scottish Football team

    Tatties (Tattie) – Scottish name for boiled and mashed potatoes

    Thistle – 
     Scotland’s floral emblem 

    Famous Scots that Will Share Their Name with Your Dog

    Shakespeare's Macbeth posterMacbeth, the character in Shakespeare’s play of the same name was a Scottish Duke

    Alexander Fleming – Discovered Penicillin

    Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the Sherlock Holmes books

    J. M.
      wrote Peter Pan

    Kenneth Grahame 
    Wrote the Wind in the Willows

    Macbeth – 11th Century Scottish Duke and Character in a Shakespeare play

    Robert the Bruce – King of Scotland in 1306 

    Robert Louis
    – writer, poet, known best for Treasure Island and the Strange Case
    of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Rob Roy – the Scottish Robin Hood

    Sean Connery – Famous Actor who played James Bond

    Sherlock – The character in Arthur Conan Doyle’s books.

    Spark – from the Scottish novelist, Muriel Spark

    William Wallace – known for his role the Scottish Independence

    If you have a dog who traces his origins to Scotland, treat him like a real Scot with a Harris Tweed bandanna or collar.

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