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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LINNScottish, 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]
LITTLEJOHNScottish, 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]
LIVINGSTONEnglish, Scottish
This surname is thought to be derived from Middle English Levingestun meaning "Leving's town" or "Leving's settlement."
LIVINGSTONEScottish, 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]
LOCHScottish
From Scottish Gaelic loch "lake".
LOCKHARTScottish, 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)’.
LOMASEnglish, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
LOOKEnglish, Scottish
From a vernacular pet form of Lucas.
LOUDONScottish
This surname is Scottish, although also recorded in England. It is believed to be locational from the village of Loudoun, in the district of Cunningham, in the county of Ayrshire. The placename is composed of the Northern English word "low", meaning a flame or beacon, itself from the pre 7th century Norse word "loge", plus the Gaelic "doun", meaning a hill... [more]
LOVEEnglish, Scottish
From Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve meaning "female wolf."
LUCKIEScottish (Anglicized)
Reduced Anglicized form of a pet form of Gaelic Mac Lùcais.
MAC A 'GHOBHAINNScottish Gaelic
The Scots Gaelic variation of Smith.
MACARTHURScottish (Rare), Northern Irish
Scottish and northern Irish: see McArthur and Arthur.
MACCAAScottish
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]
MACDOOFEnglish, Scottish
It is based off of a book character (or two given names into one).... [more]
MACDUFFScottish 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]
MACFHEARGHUISIrish, 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 GAOITHÍNScottish Gaelic
Meaning ‘son of Gaoithín’, a personal name derived from the diminutive of gaoth ‘clever’, ‘wise’.
MACGILLEDHEÒRADHAScottish Gaelic
It literally means "pilgrim’s servant’s son".
MACGILLEFHINNEINScottish Gaelic
It literally means "Finnan’s servant’s son".
MAC GILLE ÍOSAScottish
Meaning ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish. The usual spelling in Scotland is Gillies.
MACGILLEUIDHIRScottish Gaelic
It literally mean’s "sallow lad’s son".
MACGILLISScottish
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]
MACGOBHAINNScottish Gaelic
It literally means "smith’s son", thus making it a Scottish Gaelic form of Mac Gabhann.
MACGYVERScottish
Prominently used in the action TV series of the same name, and the title character of that show, Angus MacGyver.
MACHRACHScottish
Means "campestral" in Scottish Gaelic, possibly a name for someone who lived or worked in an open field.
MACINNISScottish Gaelic
From Scottish Gaelic MacAonghais meaning "Son of Angus".
MACKScottish, Irish, German, Dutch, French
Scottish (Berwickshire) and Irish: from the Old Norse personal name Makkr, a form of Magnus (Old Irish Maccus). Shortened form of any of the many Scottish and Irish names beginning M(a)c-.... [more]
MACKEYIrish, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic, Finnish (Anglicized)
As an Irish name with stress on the first syllable, it is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Macdha ‘descendant of Macdha.’... [more]
MACKLINEnglish, Scottish
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to MACLEAN.
MACLABHRAINNScottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of McLaren & thus a Scottish form of Larson.
MACMILLANScottish, 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]
MACMUIRCHEARTAICHScottish Gaelic
It literally means "Muircheartach’s son".
MACNELLYNorthern Irish, Scottish
Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: variant of McNeely.
MAC PHÀILScottish
Meaning, "son of Pàil (Paul)."
MACPHERSONScottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac an Phearsain", the prefix "mac" denoting son of, plus "pearsan" parson, hence "son of the parson".... [more]
MAC SUIBHNEIrish, Scottish
Meaning, "son of Suibhne" (a byname meaning "pleasant").
MACTAVISHScottish
Scottish surname from the elements "Mac" ("son of") and "Tavish" (Scottish form of "Thomas").
MAINScottish, English, French, Norman
Various origins explained include:... [more]
MAINEScottish, English
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
MAIRScottish
A steward, bailiff, or warden.
MAITLANDEnglish, 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.
MALLOCHScottish
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.
MALPASSEnglish, 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]
MANSONEnglish, Scottish
Manson is a surname of Scottish origin. It is an anglicised version of the Scandinavian name Magnusson, meaning son of Magnus. It is derived from the latin word magnus, which means "great."
MARJORIBANKSScottish
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).
MASEYEnglish, 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.... [more]
MATTHEWEnglish, Scottish
Derived from the given name Matthew.
MAYNEScottish, English, Irish, French
Scottish and English variant spelling of Main.
MCADAMScottish Gaelic, Scottish
Means "Son of Adam" in Gaelic.
MCCAMMONScottish, 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 "protection".
MCCARDScottish, Irish
Scottish or Irish: variant of McCart.
MCCLARTYScottish, 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]
MCCLEANScottish, Irish
Scottish and Irish variant of McLean.
MCCLINTOCKScottish, 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]
MCCLOUDScottish (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.
MCCLUNGScottish (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.
MCCLUREScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Uidhir (Scottish), Mac Giolla Uidhir (Irish), "son of the sallow lad".... [more]
MCCOLGANIrish, 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.
MCCOOLScottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
Scottish and northern Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhubhghaill (see McDowell). ... [more]
MCCORDNorthern 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.
MCCORDNorthern 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 (see McMurtry).
MCCRINDLEScottish
Scottish surname, McCrindle, originating in the area of Ayrshire.
MCCUBBINScottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giobúin, a patronymic from the pet form of a Gaelic form of the personal name Gilbert.
MCCULLOCHScottish
Derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach meaning "boar". The name McCulloch was first used by the Strathclydes of the Scottish borderlands.
MCCURDYScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Mhuircheartaigh, a patronymic from the given name MUIRCHEARTACH.
MCCURDYScottish, 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]
MCDOWELLScottish (Anglicized), Irish (Anglicized)
Scottish and Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’, a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’, used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians... [more]
MCDUFFScottish, Northern Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duibh, a patronymic from the personal name Dubh "black, dark".
MCELWEEIrish, 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.
MCFADDENScottish, 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).
MCFALLScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phàil (Scottish) and Mac Phóil (Irish), patronymics from forms of the personal name PAUL.
MCGARRIEScottish, Irish
Irish name meaning 'the son of the descendant of the fearless one'.
MCGILLISScottish (Anglicized)
Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish.
MCGILLIVRAYScottish
From Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Bhràtha from a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of judgment’.
MCGORRYIrish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh "son of Gothradh", Gaelic form of the personal name GODFREY.
MCGRAWIrish, 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".
MCHENRYScottish
Meaning "Son of Henry"
MCINNISScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Mac Aonghuis meaning "son of ANGUS".
MCKEEHANScottish Gaelic
A patronymic from a personal name or byname derived from caoch ‘blind’, ‘purblind’.
MCKERROWScottish
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.
MCKINNONScottish (Anglicized)
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhionghuin, a patronymic from a Gaelic personal name meaning ‘fair born’ or ‘fair son’. ... [more]
MCKITTRICKScottish
From Gaelic, "son of Shitrig", a personal name adapted from Old Norse Sigtryggr, literally "victory-true".
MCKNIGHTScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Neachtain, a patronymic from the personal name NEACHTAN.
MCLARENScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Labhrainn meaning "son of Labhrann", Gaelic form of the personal name Lawrence.... [more]
MCLAUGHLINScottish (Anglicized)
A Scottish clan traced as far back as the 11th Century AD/CE.... [more]
MCLEISHScottish (Anglicized), Northern Irish (Anglicized), Scottish Gaelic
Northern Irish (Ulster) and Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Íosa, patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of Jesus’.
MCLOUGHLINScottish
Variation of the surname McLaughlin.
MCMILLANScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maoláin, a patronymic from the byname Maolán, a diminutive of maol "bald", "tonsured".
MCMONAGLEIrish (Anglicized), Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Maonghail, a patronymic from the personal name Maonghal, composed of the elements maoin meaning "wealth" + gal meaning "valor".
MCMORROWIrish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Mac Murchadha, which means "son of MURCHADH".
MCMURTRYNorthern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muircheartaigh "son of Muircheartach", a personal name meaning "navigator", from muir "sea" and ceartach "ruler".
MCNEELYScottish, Northern Irish, Irish
Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Fhilidh ‘son of the poet’.... [more]
MCPHERSONScottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Phearsain, "son of the parson."
MCQUADEScottish, Irish
Means "son of Quade" or "of Quade". Some sources trace Quade to Quatt, an alternative spelling of Wat, short for Walter.
MCQUAIDScottish, Irish
This surname is derived from Gaelic Mac Uaid meaning "son of Uaid," Uaid being the Gaelic form of Wat.
MCQUARRIEScottish
Scottish Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Guaire, a patronymic from a Gaelic personal name meaning "proud", "noble".
MCRAYNEEnglish, Scottish
Means "son of the queen," combining the surname Rayne with the prefix Gaelic prefix mac, meaning "son."
MCSORLEYScottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Somhairle, a patronymic form of SOMHAIRLE.
MCTEERIrish, Scottish
This surname is a modern variant of the ancient mhac an t'Saoir which means "the son of the carpenter."... [more]
MEEKSScottish
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.
MEIKLEJOHNScottish
A Scottish distinguishing name for identifying the larger or eldest (Older Scots meikle "large") or elder of two men called John. (See also Mickle).
MESSERScottish
Occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).
MICHIEScottish
My exact source is in the notes.
MIDDLETONEnglish, 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".
MILLScottish, English
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill, Middle English mille, milne (Old English myl(e)n, from Latin molina, a derivative of molere ‘to grind’)... [more]
MILNEREnglish, 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.
MOATScottish
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.
MOFFATTScottish
Means "person from Moffatt", Dumfries and Galloway ("long plain").
MONCRIEFScottish
Scottish: habitational name from Moncreiff Hill near Perth, so called from Gaelic monadh ‘hill’ + craoibhe, genitive of craobh ‘tree’.
MONCRIEFFEScottish
Clan Moncreiffe is a Scottish clan. The name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic Monadh croibhe which means "Hill of the sacred bough". The plant badge of Clan Moncreiffe is the oak, this presumably comes from the sacred tree.... [more]
MONTGOMERIEScottish, English
Variation of MONTGOMERY. A famous bearer was Margaret Montgomerie Boswell (1738 to 1789), wife of author James Boswell.
MOODIEScottish
The history of the name Moodie originates from the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Brittain.... [more]
MORROWIrish, Scottish
From the Gaelic Ó Murchadha, which means "descendent of MURCHADH".
MOSSEnglish, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish
English and Welsh: from the personal name Moss, a Middle English vernacular form of the Biblical name Moses. ... [more]
MOTHERWELLScottish
Means "person from Motherwell", North Lanarkshire ("Our Lady's well"). American artist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was a known bearer.
MOTIONScottish
A Scottish name of uncertain origin. British poet Andrew Motion (1952-) is a known bearer.
MOWATScottish
From medieval female given name, Mohaut, a variant of Maud.
MOWERSScottish, English
English: variant of Mower
MOXLEYEnglish, Irish, Welsh, Scottish
From the name of a minor place in the West Midlands.
MUFFETTScottish
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).
MUIRScottish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from a Scots form of Middle English more moor, fen.
MULLScottish
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]
MURREYEnglish, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Murray.
MURROWIrish, Scottish
Variant of MORROW. A famous bearer of the surname was Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965), US radio and television journalist.
NAIRNScottish
Means "person from Nairn", Highland region ("(place at the mouth of the river) Nairn", a Celtic river-name perhaps meaning "penetrating one").
NAPIERScottish, 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)... [more]
NASMITHScottish, English
This surname is derived from an occupation, "nail-smith", but may also mean "knife-smith".
NEALEEnglish, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of Neal.
NEEVEEnglish, Scottish
An English surname, of Norman origin, meaning the nephew. One who was in care of their uncle. A surname first recorded in Perthshire.
NESBITTScottish, 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.
NEVELSEnglish, 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.
NOBLEEnglish, 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]
OBAR NEITHICHScottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Abernathy.
Ó CATHARNAIGHScottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic Meaning ‘descendant of Catharnach’, a byname meaning ‘warlike’.
OGILVIEScottish, English
From the ancient Barony of Ogilvie in Angus, Northeast Scotland. The placename itself is derived from Pictish ocel, 'high' and fa, 'plain'.
Ó GNÍMHIrish, Scottish
Means "Descendant of Gnímh".
ORCHARDEnglish, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard.... [more]
ORRScottish
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]
PAIPMedieval Scottish, Biblical Latin, Scottish Gaelic
An ancient Caithness surname, meaning father. The family changed their name from "Paip" to "Pope".
PAXTONScottish, 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 Paxton, (1955-2017).
PEEBLESScottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll "tent, pavilion".
PENMANScottish
Meaning : "A scribe, a " ready-writer.""
PENNYCUIKScottish
Originally meant "person from Penycuik", near Edinburgh (probably "hill frequented by cuckoos").
PINKERTONScottish, Northern Irish
Habitual surname for someone from a place near Dunbar, with an unknown meaning (from Old English tan meaning "enclosure" or "settlement".
POETScottish
Of uncertain origin, probably a variant of Pate.
POLKScottish
Reduced form of Pollock.
POLLOCKScottish, 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]
POLLOCKScottish
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.
PONTONScottish
First recording of surname in scotland in 1306 in the town of Ayr Scotland. I have many links showing ties to Scotland.
PRESLEYScottish
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]
PRIMROSEScottish
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.
PRIOREnglish, 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.
PROPHETEnglish, 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]
PURVIANCEScottish
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.
PURVISScottish
Probably means "person in charge of buying supplies for a large household" (from Middle English purveys "provisions").
QUAYLEEnglish, Irish, Scottish, Manx
Meaning, "son of Paul." When the name originates from Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland it is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Phàil (Scottish) Mac Phóil (Irish) Mac Phaayl (Manx) meaning "son of Pàil / Póil / Paayl"... [more]
QUINLEYEnglish, Scottish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Apparently an altered form of Scottish McKinley or a reduced form of Irish McQuinnelly, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coingheallaigh or Ó Coingheallaigh ‘son (or descendant) of Coingheallach’, a personal name meaning ‘faithful to pledges’.
RAEScottish
reduced form of McRae
RAISONEnglish, Scottish, French
From a medieval nickname for an intelligent person (from Old French raison "reason, intelligence").
RAMAGEFrench, Scottish
From a medieval Scottish nickname for a hot-tempered or unpredictable person (from Old French ramage "wild, uncontrollable" (applied to birds of prey)).
RANKINScottish, Irish
Composed of the medieval given name Rankin, a diminutive of either Ronald or Rand and the name suffix kin.
REDDICKScottish, 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 "red".
REDFIELDScottish
Anglicized form of the Scottish habitational name Reidfuyrd, meaning "reedy ford".
REDPATHScottish, 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.
REEKIEScottish
Perhaps "person from Reikie", Aberdeenshire, or from a different form of the Scottish male personal name Rikie, literally "little Richard".
REITHScottish (Anglicized), Irish
A Scottish surname of uncertain origin.... [more]
RENDALLScottish, English
Variant of Randall. Habitational name from Rendall in Orkney. Possibly also an Americanization of Swedish Rendahl.
RENFREWScottish
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.
RENSHAWEnglish, 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]
RIDDELLScottish, 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 ‘ride’.
RIDDICKScottish
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.
ROBINScottish, English, French, German
From the personal name Robin, a pet form of Robert, composed of the short form Rob and the hypocoristic suffix -in.
ROGERScottish, English, North German, French, Catalan
From a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hrōd "renown" and gār, gēr "spear, lance", which was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Rog(i)er... [more]
ROLANDFrench, German, Scottish
French, German, English, and Scottish: from a Germanic personal name composed hrod ‘renown’ + -nand ‘bold’, assimilated to -lant ‘land’. (Compare Rowland).... [more]
ROLLOScottish
Scottish: from a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou, the usual Norman form of Rolf.
ROLLOScottish
From a Latinized form, common in early medieval documents, of the personal name Rou(l), the usual Norman form of Rolf.
RULEScottish, 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]
RUNCIEEnglish, 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]
RUSBYScottish, English
Alternative spelling of Busby, a parish in Renfrewshire. A name well represented in the Penistone, and Cawthorne districts of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
RUTLEDGEEnglish, Scottish
Origin unknown
SANDEnglish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
SANDISONScottish
Possibly a Scottish variant of Sanderson.
SCHADEGerman, 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]
SCOBIEScottish
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).
SCOGGINSScottish
Scottish form of the Dutch Scroggins surname.
SEATTERScottish
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.
SETHScottish, Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Sithigh or Ó Síthigh (see Sheehy).
SETONScottish
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]
SHADEEnglish, 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]
SHEEPSHANKSScottish
From a medieval Scottish and northern English nickname for someone with a strange or awkward way of walking (literally "sheeplegs").
SIMScottish, Dutch
Scottish and Dutch: from the personal name Sim, a short form of Simon.
SINCLAIRScottish (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.
SLACKEnglish, Dutch, Scottish
English and Dutch: nickname for an idle person, from Middle Dutch slac, Middle English slack, ‘lazy’, ‘careless’. ... [more]
SMILEYScots, English
From elements small and lea meaning "a small clearing" or as a nickname may refer to a person of happy disposition known for smiling.
SNAPEEnglish (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.
SOMERVILLEScottish, Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Scottish (of Norman origin) habitational name, probably from Graveron Sémerville in Nord, named with the Germanic personal name Sigimar (see Siemer) + Old French ville ‘settlement’. ... [more]
SORLIEScottish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Somhairle.
SPALDINGEnglish, 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]
SPENCEEnglish, 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").
STEVENScottish, 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]
STIGWARDScottish, Danish, Swedish
The proper form of "Stewart"
STINSONEnglish, 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.
STIRRETTScottish
Variant of Starrett, probably via Sterrett (since that would better explain the sound transformation).
STOCKARDScottish Gaelic, Dutch
Scottish: occupational name for a trumpeter, Gaelic stocaire, an agent derivative of stoc ‘Gaelic trumpet’. The name is borne by a sept of the McFarlanes.... [more]
STOUTScottish, 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.
STRACHANScottish
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 ‘foal’.
SUMMERLINEnglish, German, Scottish
An English surname.... [more]
SUTTIEScottish
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Suthie in Perthshire or possibly from Suddy (or Suddie) in Knockbain.
SWAINScottish, 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]
SWANEnglish, 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]
SWANNEYScottish
Habitational name from Swannay, Orkney
SYMINGTONScottish
Habitational surname derived from the places of the same name, derived from the given name Simon and northern Middle English ‘ton’ meaning settlement. Symington is also the name of several places found in Southern Scotland.
TELFERScottish, English, Italian
From a personal name based on a byname for a strong man or ferocious warrior, from Old French taille or tailler "to cut" + fer "iron" Latin: ferrum "iron" (see Tagliaferro).
TERRACEScottish
Possibly means "from Tarras", a place in Morayshire, Scotland.
THAINScots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king.
THANEScots, English
Occupational surname meaning a nobleman who served as an attendant to royals or who was awarded land by a king. Variant of Thain.
TORRENCEScottish, 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.... [more]
TOUGHScottish, English
Scottish variant of Tulloch. In Scotland it is pronounced tyookh. ... [more]
TOWScottish
Scottish: Variation of Tulloch.... [more]
TRIMBLEEnglish, Scottish, Northern Irish
A variant of Trumble, recorded in Northern Ireland since the 17th century.... [more]
TROTTEREnglish, 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]
TULLOCHScottish
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.
TULLYScottish
Habitational name from any of various places called Tullo in eastern Scotland.
URIEScottish, English, Irish
From the Scottish Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire. May mean someone who is brave and loud.
VALENEnglish, 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]
VALIANTEnglish, Scottish, Irish
Derived from Old French vaillant meaning "heroic, courageous".
VERMILIONScottish
From the name of the bright red color that is halfway betweed red and orange.
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