According to National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2020 were Isla and Jack.
Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
- Isla, 347 baby girls
- Olivia, 334
- Emily, 300
- Freya, 284
- Ava, 276
- Sophie, 275
- Ella, 267
- Grace, 261
- Amelia, 254
- Lily, 208
- Jack, 354 baby boys
- Noah, 299
- James, 292
- Leo, 274 (2-way tie)
- Oliver, 274 (2-way tie)
- Harris, 268
- Rory, 258
- Alexander, 252
- Finlay, 247
- Archie, 244
In the girls’ top 10, Lily replaced Charlotte.
In the boys’ top 10, Alexander, Finlay and Archie replaced Charlie, Lewis and Alfie.
The fastest-rising names in the girls’ top 100 were Maeve and Ayda, and in the boys’ top 100 were Roman and Finley.
Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Scotland last year:
|Unique Girl Names||Unique Boy Names|
|Antarleena, Bietelhiem, Caoife, Dianka, Evrydiki, Fayne, Geneza, Honor-Norah, Idelette, Jafleen, Kasatria, Lochie, Mehrunnisa, Nashmia, Orlia, Phildah, Rileytilly, Skaiste, Tuscany, Ummehanni, Valfreya, Weeam, Xiaotong, Yorkubel, Zanzibar||Aulliver, Burn, Coagh, Darko, Ertugrul, Fenwick, Guerau, Hanzal, Istari, Jelvin, Kifl, Lioz, Moncef, Nojus, Opei-Wes, Phalata, Riliklan, Sawney, Tselot, Uendjipa, Vakaris, Wilsheldro, Xataan, Yigit, Zactaj|
Istari seems to be taken from Tolkien. The Elves referred to the wizards of Middle-earth (such as Gandalf) as istari, a plural noun meaning “wise ones” in Quenya.
(I posted even more of Scotland’s unique baby names over on Patreon.)
Finally, in 2019, the top names in Scotland were Olivia and Jack.