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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HUNTLEY English, Scottish
Habitational name from a place in Gloucestershire, so named from Old English hunta 'hunter' (perhaps a byname (see Hunt) + leah 'wood', 'clearing'). Scottish: habitational name from a lost place called Huntlie in Berwickshire (Borders), with the same etymology as in 1.
HUTTON English, Scottish
Scottish and northern English habitational name from any of the numerous places so called from Old English hoh
‘ridge’, ‘spur’ + tun
Habitational name from an unidentified place in northern England, perhaps so called from Old English hæsel
(or the Old Norse equivalent hesli
) ‘hazel’ + hop
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
Habitational name from Kelso on the river Tweed in Roxburghshire, perhaps so named from Old English cealc
"chalk" + hoh
Scottish habitational name from the village of Kelton in the parish of the same name in Kirkcudbrightshire.
From the name of a village in Fife, Scotland, which was derived from Scottish Gaelic coillte
"wooded area, grove".
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]
Habitational name for someone from Kilgour in Fife, named with the Gaelic coille
"wood" and gobhar
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]
From the place name Garscadden, which is in modern day Glasgow, Scotland.
LAFFEY Irish, Scottish
Reduced anglicisation of Gaelic Ó Laithimh
, which is derived from the earlier form Ó Flaithimh
, and from flaitheamh
Scottish form of LANG
. A famous bearer was the explorer Alexander Gordon Laing.
Scottish classical pianist and composer; Henry George Lamond has this surname. It means lawyer.
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]
LEATHER English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, and derived from Middle English and Old English lether
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.
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.
Scottish (Orkney) habitational name from either of two places named Linklater (in South Ronaldsay and North Sandwick).
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
), 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)’.
LOMAS English, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
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]
LYNDE Scottish Gaelic
Originated from the Strathclyde region of Scotland, meaning "waterfall," and located near the Castle of Lin.... [more]
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]
MACCONALL Scottish (Anglicized, Rare), Irish (Anglicized, Rare)
Anglicized form of Scottish and Irish Gaelic Mac Conaill 'son of Conall', the personalized name composing of the elements con, which is an inflected form of cú 'wolf' + gal 'valor'. Giving the ultimate meaning due to variegated spellings of this specified name, is "Battle-Wolf of High Valor."
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
and anglicised as FERGUSON
and shortened in Fergus
, corrupted into other forms like Fergushill
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]
Anglicisation of Scottish Gaelic Mac Gillebhràth
meaning "son of the servant of judgement".
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.
The Mackintosh can is a Scottish clan from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The chiefs of the clan are the Mackintoshes of Mackintosh. Another branch of the clan, the Mackintoshes of Mackintosh-Torcastle, are the chiefs of Clan Chattan, a historic confederation of clans.
Derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille Thamhais, meaning 'son of the gillie of TAMMAS
', Tammas being the Scots form of THOMAS
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]
The surname of Alexander Maconochie, a Scottish naval officer, geographer, and penal reformer.
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").
MAC UIGHILÍN Irish, Scottish
Means "son of HUGELIN
". the surname was allegedly adopted by the de Mandevilles, a Cambro-Norman family that had conquered an area of north Antrim, a county in Northern Ireland... [more]
MACWHORTER Scottish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form the surname of the Gaelic 'Mac Chruiteir', meaning 'player of the crwth', a string instrument primarily used in Celtic music. A famous bearer of this surname is the American clergyman, Alexander MacWhorter.
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]
Reputedly from the name of a Scottish estate (Ratho-Marjoribankis
) bestowed on Robert the Bruce's daughter MARJORIE
on her marriage in 1316... [more]
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
Anglicized from Gaelic Mac Ambróis
, "son of Ambrose". This name, influenced in its spelling by the English city name Cambridge
, is well-established in Northern Ireland.
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
MCCARTAN Scottish Gaelic
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Artáin
(meaning ‘son of Artán’), which is a diminutive of the personal name Art
, meaning ‘bear’.
MCCARTNEY Scottish Gaelic
Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac Artaine
, (meaning ‘son of Artan’) which is a diminutive of the personal name Art
, meaning ‘bear’ or ‘hero’. Compare Irish Mac Artáin (see MCCARTAN
), of which this surname is a variant.
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]
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.
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".
MCKENNIE Scottish, Irish
An anglicised form of the Irish/Scottish Gaelic MacEacharna
, meaning "son of Eacharn
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
MCMORROW Irish (Anglicized), Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Murchadha
, a patronymic from the personal name Murchadh
"sea warrior", from muir
"sea" and cath
"battle". In Leinster this name is usually Anglicized as McMurrough
and in Ulster as MURPHY
MCMURTRY Northern Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Muircheartaigh
"son of Muircheartach
", a personal name meaning "navigator", from muir
"sea" and ceartach
Variant of McPheeters
, itself an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Pheadair
, a patronymic derived from a Gaelic personal name meaning "servant of (Saint) PETER
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]
MCVEIGH Scottish, Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Bheatha
or Mac an Bheatha
and derived from Gaelic Mac Beatha
meaning "son of life" (see MACBETH
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
Menzie (originally spelled Menȝie) derives from the surname MENZIES
, which in turn derives from the Norman commune Mesnières (known as Maneria in the 1300s)... [more]
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.