If you’re thinking about getting a Scottish breed, you need a name for your dog that will do them justice. The kingdom of Scotland emerged in the 9th century and gave us a handful of wonderful Scottish dog breeds with long histories of loving and living alongside humans, like the Cairn Terrier, Golden Retriever, Skye Terrier, and Border Collie.
But you don’t have to have a Scottish breed to enjoy these names! If you want something unique, fun, and linked to a country known for its gray skies, wild landscape, and mythological creatures, look no further.
How to Name Your Scottish Dog
Everyone goes about naming their pets differently; some have a name picked out before they meet their new pet, and others wait and base the name on a character trait or a favorite fictional character. Some pet owners like traditional names like Fido, while others prefer human names like Kevin.
Whatever your process is, there is no wrong way to pick a name. We suggest taking your time because you want a name that fits your pet perfectly and won’t be embarrassed to call out at the dog park! So, we’ve gathered 200 Scottish names, and hopefully, you’ll find your perfect pick in one of our lists.
Top Female & Male Names in Scotland
If you’re into naming your pet a human name, this is the list for you. We’ve picked the most popular names in Scotland from the National Records of Scotland and separated them into male and female categories, but there are no rules, so if you fancy mixing and matching, that’s always fun to do.1
Scottish Names Based on Scottish People
Sometimes the best place for inspiration is from other people’s creativity, so let’s look at some fictional Scottish characters and famous Scots next, and you can get some inspiration from their last and first names.
Fictional Character Names
Amy Pond (from “Doctor Who”)
Bella Caledonia (Scotland as a woman)
Jean Brodie (from the novel “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”)
Connor and Duncan MacLeod (from the popular series “Highlander”)
Donald Farfrae (from the novel “The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character”)
David Balfour (from “Kidnapped”)
Davy Jones (from “Pirates of the Caribbean”)
Desmond Hume (from “Lost”)
Groundskeeper Willie (from “The Simpsons”)
James Bond (from the “James Bond” series)
Jamie Fraser (from “Outlander”)
Jamie McCrimmon (from “Doctor Who”)
Merida (from Disney’s “Brave”)
Minerva McGonagall (from “Harry Potter”)
Moira MacTaggert (from the “X-Men” comic)
Montgomery Scott (from “Star Trek”)
Rab C. Nesbitt (from a popular comedy series “Rap C. Nesbitt”)
Richard Hannay (from novels by John Buchan)
Scrooge McDuck (uncle of Disney’s Donald Duck)
Shrek (portrayed by Mike Meyers)
Tam O’Shanter (title character from a poem by Robert Burns)
Famous Scottish People
James Clerk Maxwell
Mary Queen of Scots
Robert the Bruce
Unique Scottish Names Based on Scottish Words
The Scottish dialect is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind name with a unique spelling for your dog, and we’ve added the meanings, too, so you’ll know exactly what you’re picking!
Bridie: a meat pie
Foosty: moldy or musty
Gallus: bold or daring
Haver: talking nonsense
Pilk: peel or top and tail
Pirl: poke or twirl
Swallie: drink of alcohol
Tweetle: whistle or sing
Yaldi/Yaldy: showing excitement
Gaelic Names for Scottish Dogs
The Gaelic language isn’t spoken as much as it once was, so why not bring it back to life in a small way with a beautiful Gaelic name for your Scottish dog to remind them where they came from?
Gaelic Female Names & Meanings
Catriona: pure and is the Gaelic form of Katherine
Eilidh: radiant one and is pronounced AY-lee
Liusaidh: warrior and is pronounced LOO-sai
Mairead: pearl and is the Scottish form of Margret and is pronounced MUR-aid
Malvina: smooth brow
Morag: star of the sea and great
Rhona: derived from Rona, which is a Scottish island and means rough island
Sorcha: brightness and is common in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic languages
Gaelic Male Names & Meanings
Blair: plain or battlefield
Cináed: born in fire
Coinneach: handsome and pronounced CON-ak
Fingal: fair stranger
Lachlann: land of the lochs
Uisdean: intelligent and is pronounced OOSH-jun
Gaelic Words and Meanings for Scottish Dog Names
Caber: tree trunk
Cairn: rocky mountains
Glen: a valley
Loch: lake or inlet
Mod: Gaelic festival
Pillion: pack saddle
Strath: wide valley
Fun Scottish Dog Names From Scottish Castles
It’s an old country, so there are quite a few castles in Scotland, and maybe one of these names might inspire your Scottish dog’s name!
Hogwarts (it’s fictional, but we couldn’t keep it off the list!)
Cute Scottish Names for Dogs
Our last two lists are popular Scottish names if you want something cute but not as unique as some of our other options.
Finding the perfect name for your new pet is always a challenge; there are infinite names to consider, but if you have a theme in mind, it’s a little easier to narrow down your search, and Scotland is an inspirational theme. We’re sure that whatever you pick for your dog, they will love it because you chose it!