Scottish Submitted Surnames
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
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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]
The MacGillis surname is a very rare surname from Scotland. It means "Mac Giolla Iosa', and translates to "son of the servant of Jesus". The surname was first found in Perthshire in central Scotland.... [more]
Prominently used in the action TV series of the same name, and the title character of that show, Angus MacGyver.
Means "campestral" in Scottish Gaelic, possibly a name for someone who lived or worked in an open field.
MACMILLAN Scottish, English
A Scottish family name. The origin of the name is said to derive from the origin of the Scottish Clan MacMillan. The progenitor of the Clan was said to be Airbertach, Hebridean prince of the old royal house of Moray... [more]
Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac an Phearsain", the prefix "mac" denoting son of, plus "pearsan" parson, hence "son of the parson".... [more]
Scottish surname from the elements "Mac" ("son of") and "Tavish" (Scottish form of "Thomas").
MAITLAND English, Scottish
Possibly from Mautalant
, the name of a place in Pontorson, France meaning "inhospitable" or "bad temper" in Norman French (ultimately from Late Latin malum
"bad" and talentum
"inclination, disposition"), which was so named because of its unproductive soil; or perhaps it was originally a nickname for an ungracious individual, derived from the same source.
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic MacIain Mhalaich
"son of Ian of the bushy eyebrows", which was the family name of the MacGregors of Balhaldie. The Ian from whom the name is derived died in the early 16th century.
MALPASS English, Scottish, French
Habitational name from any of various places named Malpas, because of the difficulty of the terrain, from Old French mal pas
"bad passage" (Latin malus passus
). It is a common French minor place name, and places in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gwent, and elsewhere in England were given this name by Norman settlers... [more]
MANSON English, Scottish
Manson is a surname of Scottish
origin. It is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian
, meaning son of Magnus
. It is derived from the latin word magnus, which means "great."
Reputedly from the name of a Scottish estate (Ratho-Marjoribankis
) bestowed on Robert the Bruce's daughter Marjorie
on her marriage in 1316. A fictional bearer is Lucilla Marjoribanks, the heroine of Margaret Oliphant's novel 'Miss Marjoribanks' (1866).
MASEY English, Scottish, French, Norman
English and Scottish (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France which get their names from the Gallo-Roman personal name Maccius
+ the locative suffix -acum
MCCAMMON Scottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ámoinn
"son of Ámoinn
", a Gaelic form of the Norse personal name Amundr
, which is composed of the elements ag
"awe, fear", or "edge, point" and mundr
MCCLARTY Scottish, Irish
The surname McClarty originated in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. This name comes from the personal name Lawrence. And in Scottish Gaelic 'Mac Labhruinn' translates to 'son of Lawrence'. ... [more]
MCCLINTOCK Scottish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Deriving from an Anglicization of a Gaelic name variously recorded as M'Ilandick, M'Illandag, M'Illandick, M'Lentick, McGellentak, Macilluntud, McClintoun, Mac Illiuntaig from the 14th century onward... [more]
MCCLOUD Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of McLeod
. The spelling was likely altered to associate it with the English word cloud
. A notable fictional bearer was Fox McCloud, the main character in the StarFox video game series, including 1997's StarFox 64 for the Nintendo 64.
MCCLUNG Scottish (Anglicized)
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Luinge ‘son of Lunge’, a personal name probably meaning ‘seafarer’, although the literal meaning is ‘ship’, from Latin navis longa.
MCCLURE Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Uidhir
(Scottish), Mac Giolla Uidhir
(Irish), "son of the sallow lad".... [more]
MCCOLGAN Irish, Scottish
Has several possible meanings. It might mean someone from the village of Kilcolgan, County Galway; a follower of St. Columba
; or the son of someone named Colga
. The McColgans once held a family seat in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
MCCORD Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuairt
or Mac Cuarta
, apparently meaning "son of a journey", which Woulfe suggests may be a reduced form of Mac Muircheartaigh
MCCORD Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cuairt
or Mac Cuarta
, apparently meaning "son of a journey", which Woulfe suggests may be a reduced form of Mac Muircheartaigh
Derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach
meaning "boar". The name McCulloch was first used by the Strathclydes of the Scottish borderlands.
MCCURDY Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Mhuircheartaigh
, a patronymic from Muircheartach
, a personal name composed of the elements muir
"sea" and ceartach
"ruler", hence "skilled seaman"... [more]
MCELWEE Irish, Scottish
Of Gaelic origin, found in Ireland and Scotland. Derives from Mac giolla Ruaidh
, meaning "son of the servant of the red-haired youth", possibly a reference to a Dane or Norseman.
MCFADDEN Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phaid(e)in
(Scottish) and Mac Pháidín
(Irish) - both patronymics of Patrick (via Gaelic diminutives of the given name).
From Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Bhràtha
from a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of judgment’.
MCGRAW Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic Mac Craith
(the earlier form of Mac Raith
) meaning "son of Craith", composed of the Gaelic elements mac
"son of" and Rath
, an old byname meaning "grace, prosperity".
Scottish: of uncertain derivation. Some sources believe it to be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cearrach, Mac Cearrbhaich ‘son of the gambler’, while Woulfe derives it from Mac Ciothruadha ‘son of Ciothruaidh’, a personal name of Norse origin.
From Gaelic, "son of Shitrig
", a personal name adapted from Old Norse Sigtryggr
, literally "victory-true".
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maoláin
, a patronymic from the byname Maolán
, a diminutive of maol
MCMURTRY Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muircheartaigh
"son of Muircheartach
", a personal name meaning "navigator", from muir
"sea" and ceartach
MCQUAID Scottish, Irish
This surname is derived from Gaelic Mac Uaid
meaning "son of Uaid," Uaid being the Gaelic form of Wat
Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Guaire, a patronymic from a Gaelic personal name meaning "proud", "noble".
MCTEER Irish, Scottish
This surname is a modern variant of the ancient mhac an t'Saoir
which means "the son of the carpenter."... [more]
In Scotland, the names were spelled according to sound so there are many variations of the spelling including Meek, Meeke, Meik, Meech, Mekie and other spellings. After hard times in Scotland, many Meeks' left for Australia Ireland, and North America.
A Scottish distinguishing name for identifying the larger or eldest (Older Scots meikle
"large") or elder of two men called John
. (See also Mickle
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).
MIDDLETON English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of the places so called. In over thirty instances from many different areas, the name is from Old English midel "middle" + tun "enclosure","settlement".
MILL Scottish, English
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill, Middle English mille
(Old English myl(e)n
, from Latin molina
, a derivative of molere
‘to grind’)... [more]
MILNER English, Scottish
Northern English (mainly Yorkshire) and Scottish: variant of Miller
, retaining the -n- of the Middle English word, which was a result of Scandinavian linguistic influence, as in Old Norse mylnari
Habitational name from either of two places in Dumfriesshire called Moat, named from Middle English mote ‘moat’, ‘ditch’, originally referring to the whole system of fortifications. In some cases it may have been a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a moated dwelling.
Means "person from Moffatt", Dumfries and Galloway ("long plain").
Scottish: habitational name from Moncreiff Hill near Perth, so called from Gaelic monadh ‘hill’ + craoibhe, genitive of craobh ‘tree’.
Means "person from Motherwell", North Lanarkshire ("Our Lady's well"). American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was a known bearer.
A Scottish name of uncertain origin. British poet Andrew Motion (1952-) is a known bearer.
A different form of Moffatt
. 'Little Miss Muffett' is a traditional nursery rhyme: Little Miss Muffett
/ Sat on a tuffet,
/ Eating her curds and whey;
/ There came a big spider,
/ Who sat down beside her
/ And frightened Miss Muffet away.
It has been speculated that 'Miss Muffett' is Patience Muffet, the daughter of the physician and entomologist Dr Thomas Muffet (1553-1604).
Topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from a Scots form of Middle English more moor
Scottish, Irish, or English: Probably comes from the Scots language, as the Scots word for "headland" or comes from the geographical term, which is an Anglicization of the Gaelic Maol, a term for a rounded hill, summit, or mountain bare of trees... [more]
MURROW Irish, Scottish
Variant of MORROW
. A famous bearer of the surname was Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965), US radio and television journalist.
Means "person from Nairn", Highland region ("(place at the mouth of the river) Nairn
", a Celtic river-name perhaps meaning "penetrating one").
NAPIER Scottish, English
Scottish occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house from the Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier
, an agent derivative of Old French nappe
‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa
NASMITH Scottish, English
This surname is derived from an occupation, "nail-smith", but may also mean "knife-smith".
NESBITT Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
NEVELS English, Scottish
(1) Variant of Neville
(2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble
"high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis
), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
OGILVIE Scottish, English
From the ancient Barony of Ogilvie in Angus, Northeast Scotland. The placename itself is derived from Pictish ocel
, 'high' and fa
ORCHARD English, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard
This is an old name of Renfrewshire area of Scotland. The origins could be French or Norwegian (Viking) from more man 1000 years ago. What is known is that Orr is a place name and a sept of the Campbell clan... [more]
PAXTON Scottish, English
From a place in England named with the Old English given name Pæcc
and Old English name element -tun
"settlement". A famous bearer was the actor Bill
PEEBLES Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
PINKERTON Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitual surname for someone from a place near Dunbar, with an unknown meaning (from Old English tan
meaning "enclosure" or "settlement".
POLLOCK Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Glasgow, apparently so named from a diminutive of a British cognate of Gaelic poll ‘pool’, ‘pit’. The surname is also common in northeastern Ulster.... [more]
Habitational name from a place in Glasgow, apparently so named from a diminutive of a British cognate of Gaelic poll
"pool, pit". The surname is also common in northeastern Ulster.
First recording of surname in scotland in 1306 in the town of Ayr Scotland. I have many links showing ties to Scotland.
From Persley, a small Scottish hamlet on the River Don, Aberdeenshire, now a suburb of the much larger city of Aberdeen, named perhaps with the Pictish word *pres-
, meaning 'bushes' or 'undergrowth'.... [more]
From the name of Primrose in Fife, Scotland, a place originally named Prenrhos
, literally "tree-moor" in Welsh. This is the family name of the Earls of Rosebery.
PRIOR English, Scottish, Dutch, German
Derived from Latin prior
meaning "superior". It was used as an occupational surname for a prior, which is a head of a religious house, below an abbot.
PROPHET English, Scottish, French, German
Scottish, English, French, and German: nickname from Middle English and Old French prophete
, Middle High German prophet
‘prophet’, ‘seer’, ultimately from Greek prophetes
‘predictor’, from pro
‘before’ + a
derivative of phemi
‘to speak’... [more]
Materials collector for the Crown. Materials that may be used as tax or in war. Similar to the system of purveyance. Approximately 1100's , southwest Scotland.
Probably means "person in charge of buying supplies for a large household" (from Middle English purveys
RAMAGE French, Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage
"wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
REDDICK Scottish, Northern Irish
Habitational name from Rerrick or Rerwick in Kirkcudbrightshire, named with an unknown first element and wic
"outlying settlement". It is also possible that the first element was originally Old Norse rauðr
Anglicized form of the Scottish habitational name Reidfuyrd
, meaning "reedy ford".
REDPATH Scottish, English
Habitational name from a place in Berwickshire, probably so called from Old English read
‘red’ + pæð
‘path’. This name is also common in northeastern England.
Perhaps "person from Reikie", Aberdeenshire, or from a different form of the Scottish male personal name Rikie
, literally "little Richard
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Rinn Friù
, meaning "cradle of the Royal Stewards." It is derived from either the historical county of Renfrewshire in the west central lowlands of Scotland, or the town of Renfrew within both the historical and present-day boundaries of the county.
RENSHAW English, Scottish
A habitational surname from any of the so-called or like-sounding places in the United Kingdom. These include Renishaw in Derbyshire, Ramshaw in Durham, the lost Renshaw in Cheshire and Radshaw in Yorkshire... [more]
RIDDELL Scottish, English
From a Norman personal name, Ridel
. Reaney explains this as a nickname from Old French ridel
‘small hill’ (a diminutive of ride
‘fold’, of Germanic origin), but a more probable source is a Germanic personal name derived from the element rīd
A different form of Reddick
("person from Rerwick or Rerrick", Dumfries and Galloway (perhaps "robbers' outlying settlement")). A fictional bearer of the surname is Richard B. Riddick, (anti)hero of the 'Chronicles of Riddick' movies.
ROLAND French, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod
‘renown’ + -nand
‘bold’, assimilated to -lant
‘land’. (Compare Rowland
Scottish: from a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou
, the usual Norman form of Rolf.
From a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou(l)
, the usual Norman form of Rolf
RULE Scottish, English
Scottish name from the lands of Rule in the parish of Hobkirk, Roxburghshire. The derivation is from the River Rule which flows through the area, and is so called from the ancient Welsh word "rhull" meaning "hasty or rushing".... [more]
RUNCIE English, Scottish
Derived from Latin runcinus, and related to the Old French "roncin", for a horse of little value. Middle English, Rouncy, as in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales.... [more]
SCHADE German, Dutch, Scottish, English
German and Dutch: from schade
‘damage’, a derivative of schaden
‘to do damage’, generally a nickname for a thug or clumsy person, or, more particularly, a robber knight, who raided others’ lands.... [more]
Means "person from Scobie", an unidentified place in Perth and Kinross ("thorny place"). A fictional bearer is Henry Scobie, the conscience-wracked and ultimately suicidal deputy commissioner of police in Graham Greene's West Africa-set novel 'The Heart of the Matter' (1948).
From an ancient barony called "The lands of Setter", Stromness, Orkney. Derives from the Ancient Norse word "saetr" meaning a hut or shelter for animals.
It has been claimed in the past that the name Seton is Norman in origin, however evidence points to it being Flemish. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding the derivation of the name but nothing proved conclusively; it probably means "town by the sea" and possibly derives from the "sea town" of Staithes in modern day North Yorkshire... [more]
SHADE English, German, Dutch, Scottish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English scead
‘boundary’.nickname for a very thin man, from Middle English schade
‘shadow’, ‘wraith’.... [more]
From a medieval Scottish and northern English nickname for someone with a strange or awkward way of walking (literally "sheeplegs").
SINCLAIR Scottish (Anglicized)
Clan Sinclair is a Scottish clan, which held lands in the highlands; thought to have come to Scotland from France after the Norman invasion.
SMILEY Scots, English
From elements small
meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
SNAPE English (British), Scottish
An old, now rare surname, with various origins in Suffolk and Yorkshire in England and Lanarkshire in Scotland. This is also the name of Severus Snape, a character from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series.
SPALDING English, Scottish
This surname originates as a locational surname (someone coming from Spalding in Lincolnshire) is derived from Old English Spaldingas
, which may be a tribal name for members of the Spaldas tribe... [more]
SPENCE English, Scottish
Metonymic occupational name for a servant employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery, from Middle English spense
"larder", "storeroom" (a reduced form of Old French despense
, from a Late Latin derivative of dispendere, past participle dispensus, "to weigh out or dispense").
STEVEN Scottish, English, Dutch, North German
From the personal name Steven
, a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus
, Greek Stephanos
"crown". This was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr, stoned to death at Jerusalem three years after the death of Christ... [more]
STINSON English, Scottish
This is one of the many patronymic forms of the male given name Stephen, i.e. son of Stephen. From these forms developed the variant patronymics which include Stim(p)son, Stenson, Steenson, and Stinson.
STOUT Scottish, English
Probably a nickname for a brave or powerfully built man, from Middle English stout ‘steadfast’. A contrary origin derives from the Old Norse byname Stútr ‘gnat’, denoting a small and insignificant person.
Scottish habitational name from a place in the parish of Banchory, Kincardineshire, which is first recorded in 1153 in the form Strateyhan
, and is perhaps named from Gaelic srath
‘valley’ + eachain
, genitive case of eachan
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Suthie in Perthshire or possibly from Suddy (or Suddie) in Knockbain.
SWAIN Scottish, Irish, English
Northern English occupational name for a servant or attendant, from Middle English swein
"young man attendant upon a knight", which was derived from Old Norse sveinn
"boy, servant, attendant"... [more]
SWAN English, Scottish
Originally given as a nickname to a person who was noted for purity or excellence, which were taken to be attributes of the swan, or who resembled a swan in some other way. In some cases it may have been given to a person who lived at a house with the sign of a swan... [more]
TELFER Scottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille
"to cut" + fer
"iron" Latin: ferrum
"iron" (see Tagliaferro
Possibly means "from Tarras", a place in Morayshire, Scotland.
TORRENCE Scottish, Irish
Scottish and northern Irish habitational name from either of two places called Torrance (one near East Kilbride, the other north of Glasgow under the Campsie Fells), named with Gaelic torran
‘hillock’, ‘mound’, with the later addition of the English plural -s
TROTTER English, Scottish, German
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en)
'to walk fast' (Old French troter
, of Germanic origin). ... [more]
Scottish habitational name from a place near Dingwall on the Firth of Cromarty, named with Gaelic tulach
‘hillock’, ‘mound’, or from any of various other minor places named with this element.
Habitational name from any of various places called Tullo in eastern Scotland.
URIE Scottish, English, Irish
From the Scottish Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire. May mean someone who is brave and loud.
VALEN English, Scottish
English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, Latin Valentinus
, a derivative of Valens
(see also Valente
), which was never common in England, but is occasionally found from the end of the 12th century, probably as the result of French influence... [more]
From the name of the bright red color that is halfway betweed red and orange.
WAKE English, Scottish
From the Old Norse byname Vakr meaning "wakeful", "vigilant" (from vaka meaning "to remain awake"), or perhaps from a cognate Old English Waca (attested in place names such as Wakeford, Wakeham, and Wakeley).
Habitational name from Walkinshaw in Renfrewshire, which was probably named from Old English wealcere meaning "fuller" + sceaga meaning "copse".
Variant of Wallace
, meaning 'foreigner' that is found chiefly in Dumfries, as well as an immigrant surname from Germany, borne by some Jews.
WALLAS English, Scottish
A variant of Wallace
. The name originates from Scotland and its meaning is "foreigner" or "from the south", taken to mean someone from Wales or England.
WANN. Surname or Family name. Origin Scottish and English: nickname from Middle English wann ‘wan’, ‘pale’ (the meaning of the word in Old English was, conversely, ‘dark’).
WARDEN English, Scottish, Northern Irish
From Norman French wardein
meaning "to guard". It coincides the English word warden
and can be used as an occupational surname for a warden.
Metonymic occupational name for someone who was in charge of the garments worn by a feudal lord and his household, from Norman French warde(r) meaning "to keep or guard" + robe meaning "garment".
WESTWOOD English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Westwood, from Old English west
"west" and wudu
WHITEHEAD English, Scottish
Nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit
"white" and heved
WILK Polish, Scottish, English
Polish: from Polish wilk
‘wolf’, probably from an Old Slavic personal name containing this element, but perhaps also applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a wolf or connected with wolves.... [more]
WOLF English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Dutch, Welsh, Flemish
From the Old English & German wulf
and other Germanic cognates, all meaning 'wolf, wild dog'. (Swedish, Norwegian & Danish ulv
, Scots wouf
, Yiddish volf
& Dutch wolf
Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney.
WYND Scottish, Irish
Scotland or Ireland not sure of original origin. There was a childe Wynd some type of royal who slayed a dragon type thing worm or something and a Henery Wynd who was a mercenary in a battle at north inch in Scotland
ZUILL English, Scottish
From the town of Zuill, Scotland. The "Z" pronounced as "Y" comes from ancient yogh representing a variety of sounds. The name itself is of unknown origin.