Scottish Submitted Surnames

Scottish names are used in the country of Scotland as well as elsewhere in the Western World as a result of the Scottish diaspora. See also about Scottish names.
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ABERCROMBIE     Scottish
Derived from a surname. It is the name of a parish in Fife, Scotland, on the northern shore of the Frith of Forth, whence the possessor took his surname; from Aber, marshy ground, a place where two or more streams meet; and cruime or crombie, a bend or crook... [more]
ABERNATHY     Scottish
A different form of Abernethy, which originally meant "person from Abernethy", Perth and Kinross ("confluence of the (river) Nethy"). This was one of the surnames of the Scots who settled in northern Ireland during the ‘plantation’ in the 17th century, and it was brought to the U.S. as the name of a Southern plantation owner.
ADIE     English, Scottish
From the personal name ADIE, a medieval pet form of ADAM.
AFFLECK     Galician, Scottish
Variation of Auchinleck, a town near Dundee, Scotland... Ben & Casey Affleck are famous bearers of the name. Auchinleck appears to have been one of those places where the ancient Celts and Druids held conventions, celebrated their festivals, and performed acts of worship... [more]
AGNEW     Scottish
Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Agneaux in Manche, France.... [more]
AIKMAN     Dutch, English, Scottish
Originally a surname or a nickname meaning oak man.
AITCHISON     Scottish
Variation of Atchison.
AKINS     Scottish, English, Northern Irish
Variant of Aikens, which is derived from the given name Aiken, a variant of the medieval diminutive Atkin (see Aitken).
ALAN CROM     Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous village.
ALARDYCE     Scottish
Scottish regional surname meaning "southern cliff". From the Gaelic all 'cliff' and deas 'southern'.
ALBANY     Scottish, English (American)
From the title of the Dukes of Albany (House of Stuart), hence a name borne by their retainers. It is an infrequent surname in England and Scotland. The city of Albany, NY (formerly the Dutch settlement of Beverwijck or Fort Orange) was named for James Stuart, Duke of York and Albany; he was the brother of King Charles II and later king in his own right as James II... [more]
ALBEE     Scottish
Means either "son of the blond one" or "son of Alpin".
ALLISON     English, Scottish
Patronymic from a Middle English male personal name, most likely ALLEN, but other possibilities include ELLIS or of a short form of ALEXANDER. ... [more]
AM MAGH FADA     Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous former burgh.
ANDERSON     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Ghille Andrais meaning 'Son of the devotee of St. Andrew'. ... [more]
ÀNSRUTHAIR     Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous town.
APPLEGARTH     English, Scottish
Topographic name from northern Middle English applegarth meaning "apple orchard" (Old Norse apaldr meaning "apple tree" + gar{dh}r meaning "enclosure"), or a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, as well as in the county of Dumfries.
ARD     Scottish
Habitational name from any of several places called Aird, including one near Hurlford in Ayrshire, another near Stranraer in Galloway, and the Aird, the higher part of the Vale of Beauly, near Inverness... [more]
ARDIS     Scottish
Reduced form of Allardice.
ARGYLE     Scottish
Means "person from Argyll", a region of south-western Scotland ("coastland of the Gaels").
ARMOUR     Scottish, Northern Irish
From Middle English, Old French armure, blended with the agent noun armer (see Armer), hence an occupational name for a maker of arms and armor. The collective noun armure denoted offensive weapons as well as the more recently specialized sense of protective gear.
AUCHINLECK     Scottish (Rare)
Scottish Gaelic: Achadh nan Leac... [more]
AYDEN     English, Scottish, Turkish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic caol meaning "narrows, channel, strait".
BAILE PHÙIR     Scottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Balfour.
BAIN     Scottish, French, English
Nickname for a hospitable person from northern Middle English beyn, bayn meaning "welcoming", "friendly".... [more]
BALDY     Scottish, Northern Irish
From the personal name Baldy or Baldie, a pet form of Archibald.
BALFOUR     Scottish
Originating from several place names in Scotland. Derived from the Scottish Gaelic meaning "village pasture".
BANNION     Scottish
Scottish/Irish
BARR     Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr "height, hill" or a British cognate of this.
BATEMAN     English, Scottish
Occupational name meaning ‘servant of Bate.’
BATHGATE     Scottish, English
From the town of Bathgate, west of Edinburgh, Scotland. The town's name derives from Cumbric *beith, meaning 'boar' (Welsh baedd) and *gaith. meaning 'wood' (Welsh coed).
BAY     English, French, Dutch, Scottish, German, Danish, Norwegian
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).... [more]
BEOLLAN     English, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
English: variant of Boland.... [more]
BERNETT     Scottish, English
Altered spelling of Scottish and English Burnett or French Bernet.
BILSLAND     Scottish
From a place near Kilmaurs in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Allegedly a combination of BIL and land "farm, land, property".
BIRNIE     Scottish
Part of the clan MacInnes from the Scottish highlands. It was originally the name of a church (Burn-nigh) which became Birnie or Birney.
BLACKERBY     English, Irish, Scottish
English surname of unexplained origin, probably from the name of a lost or unidentified place.
BLAIKLOCK     Scottish (Anglicized, Modern, Rare)
Allegerdly from Blacklock which supposedly described the colour of someone's hair.
BLAIN     Scottish (Anglicized), Scottish Gaelic, English
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name BLÁÁN, a shortened form of MACBLAIN, or a variant of BLIN. It could also be a nickname for a person suffering from boils, from Middle English blain "blister"
BLAINE     Scottish
Derived from the given name BLÁÁN.
BOGLE     Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval Scottish and Northern Irish nickname for someone of scary appearance (from Middle Scots bogill "hobgoblin").
BOLDY     Scottish
This is a name for someone who lived in Peeblesshire.
BOLLAND     Scottish
Not sure.
BONAR     Scottish, Northern Irish
From a medieval nickname for a courteous or good-looking person (from Middle English boner "gentle, courteous, handsome"). A notable bearer of the surname was Canadian-born British Conservative politician Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923), prime minister 1922-23.
BOTHWELL     Scottish
Also N Irish... [more]
BOWER     English, Scottish
Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer. ... [more]
BOWIE     Scottish Gaelic
Scots Gaelic Bhuidhe or Buidhe meaning "golden yellow". Name was originally Mac Gille Bhuid, meaning "son of the yellow-haired lad". It was shortened to MacilBuie and MacilBowie in the 1600's, and further shortened in the 1700's to Buie and anglicised to Bowie by English speaking census takers and record keepers on the Scottish mainland.
BOYDSTON     Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Boydston near Glasgow. This surname is no longer found in the British Isles.
BRAIN     Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized), Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac an Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’, from breitheamh ‘judge’.
BRATTEN     Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac an Bhreatnaich ‘son of the Briton’, originally denoting a Strathclyde Welsh-speaking Briton. It was applied in Ireland also to people from Brittany.
BRATTIN     Scottish
Variant of Bratten.
BRIDE     Irish, Scottish, English
Further Anglicized from Scottish/Irish MacBride, from the root for Brigid.
BYERS     Scottish, English
Scottish and northern English topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed, Middle English byre, or a habitational name with the same meaning, from any of several places named with Old English b¯re, for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh.
CAIMBEUL     Scottish Gaelic
Proper form of Campbell.
CAIRNS     Scottish
From Gaelic carn "cairn", a topographic name for someone who lived by a cairn, i.e. a pile of stones raised as a boundary marker or a memorial.
CALLANDER     Scottish, English, Swedish (Rare)
Habitational name from various places so named in Scotland. ... [more]
CALLENDER     Scottish
Variant of Scottish CALLANDER or German KALANDER.
CAMMON     Scottish, Irish
Reduced form of McCammon.
CAMSHRON     Scottish Gaelic
Scottish form of Cameron.
CANNING     English, Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
Habitational name from a place so named in England. From the Old English byname CANA and -ingas meaning "people of".... [more]
CARGILL     Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place so named in Scotland.
CARLIN     Irish (Anglicized), Scottish, French, Swedish, Italian, Jewish (Anglicized), German
Irish (now also common in Scotland) anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cairealláin, an Ulster family name, also sometimes Anglicized as Carlton, meaning ‘descendant of Caireallán’, a diminutive of the personal name Caireall... [more]
CARMICHAEL     Scottish, English
Scottish place name meaning "fort of Michael".
CARNEGIE     Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Carnegie, near Carmyllie in Angus, from Gaelic cathair an eige "fort at the gap".
CARRICK     Scottish
The possible roots of the Carrick family name may be from the ancient Strathclyde people of the the Scottish/English Borderlands. Carrick may also be of local origin, referring to those who lived in or near the place called Carrick in Ayrshire... [more]
CARRINGTON     English, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Carrington, probably named with an unattested Old English personal name Cara + -ing- denoting association + tun ‘settlement’.... [more]
CARRUTHERS     Scottish
This old Scottish surname was first used by Strathclyde-Briton people. The Carruthers family in the land of Carruthers in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire. In that are it is pronounced 'Cridders'.... [more]
CARUTHERS     Scottish
Means "Rhydderch's fort" in Cumbric. This might refer to the king of Alt Clut, Rhydderch Hael.
CASSEY     Scottish, Irish
This surname originated around ancient Scotland and Ireland. In its Gaelic form it is called, 'O Cathasaigh', which means 'the watchful one'.... [more]
CATHCART     Scottish
Habitational name from Cathcart near Glasgow.
CHALMER     Scottish
Variation of Chalmers.
CHALMERS     Scottish
Variant of Chambers. The -l- was originally an orthographic device to indicate the length of the vowel after assimilation of -mb- to -m(m)-.
CINNAMOND     Scottish, Irish, English
Possibly originates from Scottish place name Kininmonth. Probably introduced to Northern Ireland by Scottish settlers where it remains in Ulster. Another origin is the French place name Saint Amand originated from French Huguenots settling in Ireland.
CLELAND     Belgian, Scottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish reduced form of McClelland. ... [more]
CLERIHEW     Scottish
A Scottish surname of unknown origin and meaning. A clerihew is a humorous or satirical verse consisting of two rhyming couplets in lines of irregular metre about someone who is named in the poem. It was invented by the British author Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956; Clerihew was his mother's maiden name)... [more]
COBAIN     Scottish
This unusual surname is of Old Norse origin and is found particularly in Scotland. It derives from an Old Norse personal name Kobbi, itself from an element meaning large, and the Gaelic bain, denoting a fair person, with the diminutive ('little' or 'son of') form Cobbie.
COCHRAN     Scottish, Irish
Variant of COCHRANE.
COCHRANE     Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish
Derived from the 'Lowlands of Cochrane' near Paisley, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Origin is uncertain, the theory it may have derived from the Welsh coch meaning "red" is dismissed because of the historical spelling of the name Coueran.... [more]
COLDEN     English, Scottish
English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Colden, from Old English cald ‘cold’ col ‘charcoal’ + denu ‘valley’.... [more]
COLES     English, Scottish, Irish, German (Anglicized), English (American)
English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.... [more]
CONWAY     Welsh, Scottish, Irish
As a Welsh surname, it comes from the name of a fortified town on the coast of North Wales (Conwy formerly Conway), taken from the name of the river on which it stands. The river name Conwy may mean "holy water" in Welsh.... [more]
CORBETT     English, Scottish, Welsh
Nickname from Norman French corbet meaning 'little crow, raven'. This surname is thought to have originated in Shropshire. The surname was taken by bearers to Scotland in the 12th Century, and to Northern Ireland in the 17th Century.... [more]
CORMICAN     Scottish
From a pet form of the Gaelic personal name Cormac (see McCormick).
CORNWALLIS     Scottish
Example: Lord Charles Cornwallis.
CORRIE     Scottish
Scottish spelling of MCCORRY.
COWAN     Scottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized)
This surname, widespread in Scotland and Ulster, is an Anglicized form of the old Gaelic MacEoghain or MacEoin. The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus the personal name Eoghan from the old Celtic "Oue(i)n", well-born, but believed to derive ultimately from the Greek "Eugenious", "born lucky" or "well-born"... [more]
COWEN     Scottish, English (British)
Scottish and northern English: variant spelling of Cowan.
COWIE     Scottish
habitational name from any of several places, especially one near Stirling, named Cowie, probably from Gaelic colldha, an adjective from coll ‘hazel’
CRABB     English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
CRAGG     Scottish, Irish, English
Variant of Craig, from Middle English Crag.
CRANDALL     Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Raonuill "son of RAONULL".
CRANSTON     Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Dalkeith named Cranston, from the genitive case of the Old English byname Cran meaning ‘crane’ + Old English tun ‘settlement’.
CREEL     Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized, Modern)
Fish Basket. The word Creel relates to Crille in Gaelic meaning weave.
CROCKETT     English, Scottish
Nickname for someone who affected a particular hairstyle, from Middle English croket ''large curl'' (Old Norman French croquet, a diminutive of croque "curl", "hook").
CROCKETT     Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Riocaird "son of RICHARD".
CROOK     Scottish, English
Possible origin a medieval topographical surname, denoting residence from the Middle English word "crok" from the Old NOrse "Krokr". Possibly a maker or seller of hooks. Another possibility is meaning crooked or bent originally used of someone with a hunch back.
CROY     Scottish
Means "person from Croy", the name of various places in Scotland.
CRUIKSHANK     Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for someone with a crooked leg (from Scots cruik "bent" + shank "leg"). This was the surname of British caricaturist George Cruikshank (1792-1872) and British actor Andrew Cruikshank (1907-1988).
CULBERT     Anglo-Saxon, Irish, English, Scottish
Meaning and origin are uncertain. Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, 1999, 6th Ed., Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon, USA) states that this surname is of Huguenot (French Protestant) origin, and found mainly in Ireland's northern province of Ulster... [more]
CULBERTSON     English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from Culbert.
CUMMING     Irish, Scottish, English
Perhaps from a Celtic given name derived from the element cam "bent", "crooked"
CURRIE     Scottish, Irish
Irish: Habitational name from Currie in Midlothian, first recorded in this form in 1230. It is derived from Gaelic curraigh, dative case of currach ‘wet plain’, ‘marsh’. It is also a habitational name from Corrie in Dumfriesshire (see Corrie).... [more]
CURRY     Irish, Scottish, English
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Comhraidhe, ‘descendant of Comhraidhe’, a personal name of uncertain meaning.... [more]
CUTHBERTSON     English, Scottish
Patronymic surname from the personal name Cuthbert.
DALAIS     Scottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous village.
DALGLEISH     Scottish
Means "person from Dalgleish", near Selkirk ("green field").
DALGLIESH     Scottish
Scottish habitational name from a place near Selkirk, first recorded in 1383 in the form Dalglas, from Celtic dol- ‘field’ + glas ‘green.’
DALHOUSIE     Scottish
Meant "person from Dalhousie", near Edinburgh (perhaps "field of slander").
DALLAS     Scottish Gaelic (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Dalais.
DALZIEL     Scottish
Means "person from Dalyell", in the Clyde valley (probably "white field"). The name is standardly pronounced "dee-el". A fictional bearer is Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel, one half of the detective team of 'Dalziel and Pascoe' in the novels (1970-2009) of Reginald Hill.
DANIELSON     Swedish, Norwegian, Scottish
Scandinavian patronymic surname from the Hebrew personal name Daniel. This surname is very prevalent in Sweden. In Norway the name is chiefly a variant of Danielsen.... [more]
DARLING     Literature, English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from Middle English derling, Old English deorling ‘darling’, ‘beloved one’, a derivative of deor ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ (see Dear). This was quite a common Old English byname, which remained current as a personal name into the 14th century... [more]
DAW     English, Scottish
English and Scottish from a pet form of David. ... [more]
DAYE     Irish, Scottish
Comes from Irish Ó Déa (m) or Ní Dhéa (f) ... [more]
DICKIE     Scottish, Northern Irish
From a pet form of Dick.
DOBSON     English, Scottish
Patronymic from the personal name Dobbe. This is also established in Ireland, notably County Leitrim.
DOCHERTY     Scottish
Scottish spelling of the Irish surname Doherty.
DOLLAR     Scottish, English (American)
Scottish: habitational name from Dollar in Clackmannanshire.... [more]
DOMINIE     Scottish
Occupational name for a church schoolmaster, from Latin domine, a vocative form of dominus, "lord" "master".
DON     Scottish
Don derives from the Old Gaelic "donn", brown, or the Old English pre 7th Century "dunn", brown, or the Old English pre 7th Century "dunn", dull brown or dark, and was originally given as a distinguishing nickname to someone with dark hair or a swarthy complexion.
DONHAM     Scottish
A surname meaning "House on the Hill" .
DOSSAT     English, Scottish
Possibly from French origins (used predominantly in Louisiana in the United States).
DOW     Scottish, Irish, English, Dutch (Anglicized), German (Anglicized)
Scottish (also found in Ireland): reduced form of McDow. This surname is borne by a sept of the Buchanans.... [more]
DRUIMEANACH     Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Drummond.
DRUM     Scottish
Habitational name from a place and castle in Aberdeenshire named from Gaelic druim "ridge".
DRUMMOND     Scottish
Habitational name from any of the various places, as for example Drymen near Stirling and Drummond (Castle) in Perthshire, that are named from Gaelic drumainn, a derivative of druim "ridge".
DRUMMONDS     Scottish
Variant of Scottish Drummond.
DRYSDALE     Scottish
common in scotland.
DUGGAN     Scottish, Irish, English
Scottish and Irish variant spelling of Dugan. ... [more]
DUGUID     Scottish
Probably "do good", from a Scottish nickname for a well-intentioned person or (ironically) a do-gooder.
DUNDAS     Scottish, Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish (Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh): habitational name from Dundas, a place near Edinburgh, Scotland, which is named from Gaelic dùn ‘hill’ + deas ‘south’.
DUNNE     Irish, English, Scottish
This surname means dark and was likely given to those with a dark complexion or with dark hair.
DURWARD     English, Scottish (?)
Means "guardian of the door, door-keeper" (cf. Durward). A fictional bearer of the surname is Quentin Durward, eponymous hero of the novel (1823) by Sir Walter Scott.
EDMINSTEIRE     Scottish
john edminsteire was a person captured at the battle of dunbar in 1651 and shipped to boston in 1652 on the ship john and sarah. we can find no previous record of the edminsteire name. conjecture from f.custer edminster that did the geneology is it is a combination of french and german names and originated from people that migrated to scotland with mary queen of scots about 100 years earlier.
EDMISTON     Scottish
Habitational name from Edmonstone, near Edinburgh, so named from the Old English personal name Ēadmund + tūn meaning "settlement".
EMBRY     English, Scottish
ember, smoldering fire
EWING     Scottish (Anglicized)
Patronymic form of Eòghainn.
FAIRWEATHER     English, Scottish
Nickname for a person with a sunny temperament.
FALCONER     Scottish
Occupational name for someone who kept and trained falcons (see Faulkner).
FALLEN     Scottish, Northern Irish
Variant spelling of Irish Fallon.
FARISH     Scottish
"Farish" derives from "Fari" meaning "Farrier".This unravells to many decades ago when people forged shoes for horses,people who were extremly skilled blacksmiths and named "farrier".This group of "farriers" named "Farish" lived in the highlands of the cool misty moors of scotland-the mighty country,who unleashed highly educated citizens who dispersed all over britain.
FARQUHAR     Scottish (Anglicized)
Scottish (Aberdeenshire) reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhearchair ‘son of Fearchar’, a personal name composed of the elements fear ‘man’ + car ‘loving’, ‘beloved’.
FEGAN     Scottish, Irish, English
Variant of Fagan.
FERRIER     Scottish
Scottish: occupational name for a smith, one who shoed horses, Middle English and Old French ferrier, from medieval Latin ferrarius, from ferrus ‘horseshoe’, from Latin ferrum ‘iron’. Compare FARRAR.
FIELD     English, Scottish, Irish, Jewish (Anglicized)
English: topographic name for someone who lived on land which had been cleared of forest, but not brought into cultivation, from Old English feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’, as opposed on the one hand to æcer ‘cultivated soil’, ‘enclosed land’ (see Acker) and on the other to weald ‘wooded land’, ‘forest’ (see Wald)... [more]
FINLAYSON     Scottish
Patronymic from Finlay.
FIRTH     English, Scottish, Welsh
English and Scottish: topographic name from Old English (ge)fyrhþe ‘woodland’ or ‘scrubland on the edge of a forest’.... [more]
FITCH     Scottish
The name fitch is of anglo-saxon decent, it refers to a person of iron point inrefrence to a soldier or worrior it is derived from an english word (Fiche) which means iron point the name started in county suffolk
FLETT     Scottish
Probably originating in Orkney and Shetland, from a place in the parish of Delting, Shetland, named with an Old Norse term 'flotr' denoting a strip of arable land or pasture. Also possibly derived from the Old Norse byname Fljótr ‘swift’, ‘speedy’... [more]
FORBES     Irish, Scottish
Comes from a Scottish place meaning "field" in Gaelic. It can also be used as a first name.... [more]
FORGIE     Scottish
Possibly a variant of Fergie or a shortened form of Ferguson. It could also be a habitational name from a place so named in Scotland.
FORSYTHE     Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, composed of the elements fear ‘man’ + sith ‘peace’. Some early forms with prepositions, as for example William de Fersith (Edinburgh 1365), seem to point to an alternative origin as a habitational name, but no place name of suitable form is known... [more]
FORTUNE     Scottish
Originally meant "person from Fortune", Lothian ("enclosure where pigs are kept").
GALBRAITH     Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Ethnic name for someone descended from a tribe of Britons living in Scotland, from Gaelic gall ‘stranger’ + Breathnach ‘Briton’ (i.e. ‘British foreigner’). These were either survivors of the British peoples who lived in Scotland before the Gaelic invasions from Ireland in the 5th century (in particular the Welsh-speaking Strathclyde Britons, who survived as a distinctive ethnic group until about the 14th century), or others who had perhaps migrated northwestwards at the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
GALL     Scottish, Irish, English
Nickname, of Celtic origin, meaning "foreigner" or "stranger". In the Scottish Highlands the Gaelic term gall was applied to people from the English-speaking lowlands and to Scandinavians; in Ireland the same term was applied to settlers who arrived from Wales and England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century... [more]
GALLOWAY     Scottish
Scottish: regional name from Galloway in southwestern Scotland, named as ‘place of the foreign Gaels’, from Gaelic gall ‘foreigner’ + Gaidheal ‘Gael’. From the 8th century or before it was a province of Anglian Northumbria... [more]
GAUL     Scottish (Latinized, Rare), Irish, German
Scottish and Irish: variant of Gall ... [more]
GAVIN     Scottish, English
From the given name Gavin.
GEDDES     Scottish, Irish
There is a place of this name in Nairn, but the name is more likely to be a patronymic from Geddie.
GEE     Irish, Scottish, English, French
Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McGee, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’ (see McCoy). ... [more]
GILKESON     English, Scottish
From the Scottish Gilchristson(son of Gilchrist) meaning "son of the servant/devotee of Christ"
GILLESPIE     Scottish, Irish
Gillespie can be of Scottish and Irish origin. The literal meaning is "servant of bishop", but it is a forename rather than a status name. The Irish Gillespies, originally MacGiollaEaspuig, are said to to be called after one Easpog Eoghan, or Bishop Owen, of Ardstraw, County Tyrone... [more]
GILLIES     Scottish
Scottish variant of Gillis or McGillis.
GILLIS     Scottish
Scottish reduced form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish. The usual spelling in Scotland is Gillies.
GLADSTONE     Scottish
Habitational name from a place near Biggar in Lanarkshire, apparently named from Old English gleoda meaning "kite" + stān meaning "stone".
GLASS     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the epithet glas "gray, green, blue" or any of various Gaelic surnames derived from it.
GLENDENNING     Scottish
Habitational name from a place in the parish of Westerkirk, Dumfries, recorded in 1384 as Glendonwyne. It is probably named from Welsh glyn meaning "valley" + din meaning "fort" + gwyn meaning "fair", "white".
GORRY     Irish, Scottish
Variant of MCGORRY.
GOW     Scottish
Occupational name from Gaelic gobha "smith".
GRADEN     Scottish
Habitational name from the lands of Graden in Berwickshire.
GRANT     English, Scottish
From a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta (see Grantham).
GRASS     Scottish
Occupational name, reduced from Gaelic greusaiche "shoemaker". A certain John Grasse alias Cordonar (Middle English cordewaner "shoemaker") is recorded in Scotland in 1539.
GRAYSON     Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Gray".
GUNN     Scottish
This ancient Scottish surname is of Norweigan origin derived from the Old Norse personal name Gunnr. This surname, in most cases originated in Caithness, Scotland's most northerly county.
GUTHRIE     Scottish, Irish, German
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair ‘windy place’ (a derivative of gaoth ‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach. Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre ‘son of Uchtre’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to uchtlach ‘child’.... [more]
GYLESPIE     Scottish
Variant of Gillespie
HAILES     Scottish, English
Scottish habitational name from Hailes in Lothian, originally in East Lothian, named from the Middle English genitive or plural form of hall ‘hall’. ... [more]
HALIBURTON     Scottish
Means "town fortified in stone". It comes from a combination of the Old Norse element hallr meaning rock (as in Halle) and of the Old English place name Burton, denoting a fortified town... [more]
HAMILL     Scottish
Habitational name from Haineville or Henneville in Manche, France, named from the Germanic personal name Hagano + Old French ville "settlement".
HANLIN     Scottish, English
Scottish and English: probably a variant spelling of Irish Hanlon.
HARCUS     Scottish
Orcadian form of Harcase, a habitational name originating from Berwickshire, Scotland.
HARKNESS     Scottish, English (British), Northern Irish
Apparently a habitational name from an unidentified place (perhaps in the area of Annandale, with which the surname is connected in early records), probably so called from the Old English personal name Hereca (a derivative of the various compound names with the first element here ‘army’) + Old English næss ‘headland’, ‘cape’... [more]
HARROLD     Scottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Harold.
HARTLEY     English, Scottish
Derived from the Old English words meaning heorot meaning "hart" and leah meaning "clearing". Also from Scottish Ó hArtghaile meaning "descendant of Artghal". Hartley is also an English given name.
HAWTHORN     English, Scottish
English and Scottish: variant spelling of Hawthorne.
HAWTHORNE     English, Scottish
English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a bush or hedge of hawthorn (Old English haguþorn, hægþorn, i.e. thorn used for making hedges and enclosures, Old English haga, (ge)hæg), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Hawthorn in County Durham... [more]
HAY     English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HENDREN     Scottish
Variant spelling of Hendron.
HIDDLESTON     English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place called Huddleston in Yorkshire, England. The place name was derived from the Old English personal name HUDEL.
HIND     English, Scottish
English (central and northern): nickname for a gentle or timid person, from Middle English, Old English hind ‘female deer’.... [more]
HOLLAND     Irish (Anglicized), Irish, English, Scottish, German, Danish, Jewish, Dutch
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÓileáin, a variant of Ó hAoláin, from a form of FAOLÁN (with loss of the initial F-).... [more]
HOLLIDAY     Scottish
An ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the country of Annandale.
HOME     English, Scottish
English and Scottish variant spelling of Holme.
HOOD     English, Scottish, Irish
English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements... [more]
HOWIE     Scottish
I believe it is from "The Land of How" in Ayrshire
HUSTON     Scottish
Scottish variant spelling of Houston.
HUTCHERSON     Scottish
"Variant of Hutchison; patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutche, a variant of Hugh"
HUTCHISON     Scottish
Patronymic from the medieval personal name Hutche, a variant of Hugh.
HUTTON     English, Scottish
Scottish and northern English habitational name from any of the numerous places so called from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
HYSLOP     Scottish
Habitational name from an unidentified place in northern England, perhaps so called from Old English hæsel (or the Old Norse equivalent hesli) ‘hazel’ + hop ‘enclosed valley’.
INNES     Scottish
Originally, Inn, however during a 18th century scuffle the clan was driven to the River Ess, and became known as Inness. Later the last S was dropped.
INVERARITY     Scottish
Means "person from Inverarity", Angus ("mouth of the Arity", perhaps a Celtic river-name meaning literally "slow").
IRELAND     English, Scottish
Ethnic name for someone from Ireland, Old English Iraland. The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Iras "Irishmen" and land "land". The stem Ir- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu... [more]
JAMIESON     Scottish, Northern Irish
Patronymic from James.
JIMERSON     English (British), Scottish
Variant of Scottish and northern English Jameson, based on a pet form of the personal name.
JOHNSTONE     Scottish
Variant of Johnston.
KAYLOR     Scottish, German
Variant of Scottish Keillor.... [more]
KEGO     Scottish
Scottish - Eaglesham, Renfrewshire Scotland
KEILLOR     Scottish
Habitational name from a place in Angus called Keilor.
KELSO     Scottish
Habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire, perhaps so named from Old English cealc "chalk" + hoh "ridge", "spur".
KELTON     Scottish
Scottish habitational name from the village of Kelton in the parish of the same name in Kirkcudbrightshire.
KELTY     Scottish
From the name of a village in Fife, Scotland, which was derived from Scottish Gaelic coillte "wooded area, grove".
KENNY     English, Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coinnigh "descendant of Coinneach" or Ó Cionaodha "descendant of Cionaodh".
KENTIE     Scottish, English, Dutch
Origin and meaning unknown. The name Kentie was spread in the Netherlands when a Scottish soldier, Alexander Kenti, settled at Woudrichem, the Netherlands around 1650. Alexander Kenti was born and raised in the Scottish highlands... [more]
KILBRIDE     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhrighde "son of the devotee of Saint Brigid" (cf. MACBRIDE). Many of Saint Brigid's attributes became attached to the historical figure of St. Brigit of Kildare, Ireland, thus the spelling.
KILGORE     Scottish
Habitational name for someone from Kilgour in Fife, named with the Gaelic coille "wood" and gobhar, gabhar "goat".
KILPATRICK     Irish, Scottish
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Phádraig "son of the servant of (Saint) Patrick"... [more]
KINCAID     Scottish
Scottish habitational name from a place near Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow, which is first recorded in 1238 as Kincaith and in 1250 as Kincathe. The former spelling suggests derivation from Gaelic ceann ‘head’, ‘top’ + càithe ‘pass’, whereas the latter would point to cadha ‘quagmire’ as the second element.
KINKADE     Scottish
Habitation name, from the lands of Kincaid in Scotland.
KINNEY     Scottish
Reduced form of McKinney.
KIPPENBERGER     German, French, Scottish
Mainly means "Shepard".
KIRK     English, Scottish, Danish
Scottish and northern English, and Danish from northern Middle English, Danish kirk ‘church’ (Old Norse kirkja), a topographic name for someone who lived near a church.
KIRKLAND     English, Scottish
Derived from the Scottish 'kirk', meaning church, and land. This name denoted one who lived near or tended to the land belonging to or surrounding a church. A famous /fictional/ bearer is Arthur Kirkland, a main character in the highly popular anime/webmanga Axis Powers Hetalia... [more]
KIRKPATRICK     English, Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from various places so called from the dedication of their church to St. Patrick. See KIRK.
KITSON     Scottish, English
Patronymic form of KIT.
KNOX     English (Modern), Scottish, Northern Irish
Topographic name derived from Old English cnocc "round hill" referring to someone living on or near a hill top.
KYDD     English, Scottish
Variant of Kidd.
KYLE     Scottish
Scottish and northern Irish regional name from a district in Ayrshire called Kyle, named for the British chieftains who ruled it in the 5th century, the Coel Hen. Also, habitational name from any of the numerous Scottish places named Kyle from Gaelic caol ‘narrow’, also caolas ‘narrows’, ‘strait’ - similar to Kyles
LAING     Scottish
Scottish form of LANG. A famous bearer was the explorer Alexander Gordon Laing.
LAIRD     Scottish, Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish: status name for a landlord, from northern Middle English laverd ‘lord’.
LAMOND     Scottish
Scottish classical pianist and composer; Henry George Lamond has this surname. It means lawyer.
LAMONT     Scottish (Modern), Northern Irish, French
Scottish and northern Irish: from the medieval personal name Lagman, which is from Old Norse Logmaðr, composed of log, plural of lag ‘law’ (from leggja ‘to lay down’) + maðr, ‘man’ (genitive manns).... [more]
LARAMORE     English, Scottish
Variant of Lorimer.
LAUDER     Scottish, Northern Irish
From a village in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. It derives from the Celtic Lauuedder, probably indicating a rapidly flowing river, cognate with Modern Welsh llifer meaning 'to gush'.
LAWLER     Irish, Scottish
This Irish surname is of Gaelic language origin. The surname derives from the original Gaelic 'O'Leathlobhair' meaning 'descendant of leathlobhair'. Leathlobhair derives from 'Leath' meaning 'Half' and 'Lobhar' meaning 'leper'.... [more]
LEAMHNACHD     Scottish Gaelic
Proper from of Lennox.
LEASK     Scottish
Named after the village of Leask in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.... [more]
LECKEY     Scottish, English, Irish
Originally Scottish, but also found in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Possibly derives from the barony of Leckie (meaning "place of flagstones", from Gaelic leac, "flagstone") in Stirlingshire.
LEITHEAD     Scottish
From Scotland "Leith"
LEMON     English, Northern Irish, Scottish
English: from the Middle English personal name Lefman, Old English Leofman, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann ‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English lem(m)an... [more]
LIDDINGTON     English, Scottish (Rare)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "of Liddington", a parish in Rutland, near Uppingham; a parish in Wiltshire, near Swindon.
LINKLATER     Scottish
Scottish (Orkney) habitational name from either of two places named Linklater (in South Ronaldsay and North Sandwick).
LINN     Scottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
LITTLEJOHN     Scottish, English
Distinguishing epithet for the smallest of two or more bearers of the common personal name John. Compare Meiklejohn. In some cases the nickname may have been bestowed on a large man, irrespective of his actual personal name, in allusion to the character in the Robin Hood legend, whose nickname was of ironic application.... [more]
LIVINGSTON     English, Scottish
This surname is thought to be derived from Middle English Levingestun meaning "Leving's town" or "Leving's settlement."
LIVINGSTONE     Scottish, Irish, Jewish
Scottish: Habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called Levin (Lewin), who appears in charters of David I in the early 12th century.... [more]
LOCKHART     Scottish, German
Scottish: of uncertain origin, probably from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements loc ‘lock’, ‘bolt’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. English: occupational name for a herdsman in charge of a sheep or cattlefold, from Old English loc ‘enclosure’, ‘fold’ + hierde ‘herd(er)’.
LOOK     English, Scottish
From a vernacular pet form of Lucas.
LOVE     English, Scottish
From Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve meaning "female wolf."
LUCKIE     Scottish (Anglicized)
Reduced Anglicized form of a pet form of Gaelic Mac Lùcais.
MAC A’ BHÀIRD     Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Mac an Bhaird.
MAC A 'GHOBHAINN     Scottish Gaelic
The Scots Gaelic variation of Smith.
MACARTHUR     Scottish (Rare), Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish: see McArthur and Arthur.
MACCAA     Scottish
MacCaa has many clan associations; the most prominent being with the Stuarts of Bute, the Clan MacKay, the Clan MacFarlane, the Clan MacDonald and Clan Galloway. The name is a phonetic variation of MacKay, meaning 'son of Aoh (ie the champion)'... [more]
MACDUFF     Scottish Gaelic
From the ancient Scottish Gaelic Mac duib meaning "son of the black/dark man." This name may have originated as a ethnic term about the native Scots used by Viking conquestors during the later half of the First Millenium... [more]
MACFHEARGHUIS     Irish, Scottish, Irish Mythology
Gaelic for "Son of Fhearghuis" (also spelled "Fearghas") and due to the complexities of pronunciation, has been spelled MacFergus,McKerras,MacKersey,MacErris,MacFirries and anglicised as Ferguson or Fergusson and shortened in Fergus, Ferrar,... [more]
MAC GAOITHÍN     Scottish Gaelic
Meaning ‘son of Gaoithín’, a personal name derived from the diminutive of gaoth ‘clever’, ‘wise’.
MACGILLEDHEÒRADHA     Scottish Gaelic
It literally means "pilgrim’s servant’s son".
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