Scottish Gaelic Submitted Surnames

These names are used by Scottish Gaelic speakers.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ALAN CROMScottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous village.
AM MAGH FADAScottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous former burgh.
ÀNSRUTHAIRScottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous town.
BAILE PHÙIRScottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Balfour.
BLAINScottish (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"
BOWIEScottish 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.
BRAINScottish Gaelic (Anglicized), Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac an Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’, from breitheamh ‘judge’.
BROWNLEEScottish, Scottish Gaelic, Northern Irish, English
"Brown field" in Old English.
COCHRANEScottish, 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]
CREELScottish Gaelic (Anglicized, Modern)
Fish Basket. The word Creel relates to Crille in Gaelic meaning weave.
DALAISScottish Gaelic
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous village.
DRUIMEANACHScottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Drummond.
GALBRAITHScottish, 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.
GILROYScottish Gaelic, Irish, Scottish
"Red servant" in Gaelic.
HAINEYScottish Gaelic, Irish, Scottish, English
(Celtic) A lost me devil village in Scotland; or one who came from Hanney island in Berkshire.
LEITCHScottish, Scottish Gaelic
A physician in Old Scots.
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.
MAC A 'GHOBHAINNScottish Gaelic
The Scots Gaelic variation of Smith.
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]
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".
MACGILLEUIDHIRScottish Gaelic
It literally mean’s "sallow lad’s son".
MACGOBHAINNScottish Gaelic
It literally means "smith’s son", thus making it a Scottish Gaelic form of Mac Gabhann.
MACINNISScottish Gaelic
From Scottish Gaelic MacAonghais meaning "Son of Angus".
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]
MACLABHRAINNScottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of McLaren & thus a Scottish form of Larson.
MACMUIRCHEARTAICHScottish Gaelic
It literally means "Muircheartach’s son".
MCADAMScottish Gaelic, Scottish
Means "Son of Adam" in Gaelic.
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]
MCKEEHANScottish Gaelic
A patronymic from a personal name or byname derived from caoch ‘blind’, ‘purblind’.
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’.
OBAR NEITHICHScottish Gaelic
Proper, non-Anglicized form of Abernathy.
Ó CATHARNAIGHScottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic Meaning ‘descendant of Catharnach’, a byname meaning ‘warlike’.
PAIPMedieval Scottish, Biblical Latin, Scottish Gaelic
An ancient Caithness surname, meaning father. The family changed their name from "Paip" to "Pope".
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’.
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]
WALDRONMedieval German, Old Norman, Scottish Gaelic, English (British)
Derived from the German compound wala-hran, literally "wall raven", but originally meaning "strong bird". Also derived from the Gaelic wealdærn, meaning "forest dwelling", thought to be derived from the Sussex village of Waldron... [more]
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