Scottish 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.
Ramsey English, Scottish
Means "garlic island", derived from Old English hramsa "garlic" and eg "island". The surname was brought to Scotland by the Norman baron Simundus de Ramsay.
Rattray Scottish
From a Scottish place name meaning "fortress town", from Gaelic ráth meaning "fortress" and a Pictish word meaning "town".
Ready 2 Scottish
Originally denoted a person from Reedie farm in Angus, Scotland.
Reid Scottish
Scots variant of Read 1.
Ritchie Scottish
From a Scottish diminutive of the given name Richard.
Ross English, Scottish
From various place names (such as the region of Ross in northern Scotland), which are derived from Scottish Gaelic ros meaning "promontory, headland".
Roy 2 Scottish
From Gaelic ruadh meaning "red-haired".
Ruskin 1 Scottish
From Gaelic rusgaire meaning "tanner".
Rutherford Scottish
From the name of places in southern Scotland and northern England, derived from Old English hriðer meaning "cattle, ox" and ford meaning "ford, river crossing".
Sangster English, Scottish
Occupational name or nickname for a singer, from Old English singan "to sing, to chant".
Scott English, Scottish
Originally given to a person from Scotland or a person who spoke Scottish Gaelic.
Shaw 2 Scottish
From a given name or byname that was derived from Gaelic sitheach meaning "wolf" (Old Irish sídach).
Starrett Scottish
Originally indicated a person from Stairaird, an estate in Scotland.
Sterling Scottish
Derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning.
Stewart Scottish
Occupational name for an administrative official of an estate or steward, from Old English stig "house" and weard "guard". The Stewart family (sometimes spelled Stuart) held the Scottish crown for several centuries. One of the most famous members of the Stewart family was Mary, Queen of Scots.
Sutherland Scottish
Regional name for a person who came from the former county by this name in Scotland. It is derived from Old Norse suðr "south" and land "land", because it was south of the Norse colony of Orkney.
Taggart Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac an tSagairt meaning "son of the priest". This name comes from a time when the rules of priestly celibacy were not strictly enforced.
Thorburn English, Scottish
Derived from the Old Norse given name Þórbjǫrn.
Turnbull English, Scottish
Nickname for someone thought to be strong enough to turn around a bull.
Urquhart Scottish
Derived from Brythonic ar "by" and cardden "thicket". This is the name of several places, the most famous being north of Loch Ness.
Wallace Scottish, English, Irish
Means "foreigner, stranger, Celt" from Norman French waleis (of Germanic origin). It was often used to denote native Welsh and Bretons. A famous bearer was the 13th-century Sir William Wallace of Scotland.
Watson English, Scottish
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name Walter.
Wood English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood".