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Scotland’s General Register Office has just announced the top baby names in Scotland for 2011:
Fast-risers outside the top ten include Riley, Mason and Ruaridh for boys and Kara, Sophia and Lilly for girls.
As far as very Scottish names go, there were 192 babies named Eilidh, 15 named Mhairi and 9 named Murdo, but none named Alexina, Angusina, Murdina or Williamina.
One-of-a-kind names include Boo-Tiger (boy), Eniileri (girl), Jesuslovesme (boy), Holly-Madison (girl), Iowa (girl), Laedemi (boy), Legion (boy), Occeanna-Lake (girl), Process (boy), Texas (girl), Thora-Toshihime-Kyoko-Freya (girl) and Willieboy (boy).
To learn more, download the name/data tables at the GRO page Babies’ First Names 2011.
Source: Revealed: Scotland’s most popular baby names
Several years ago, UK marketing firm CACI came up with a way to quantify the “Scottishness” of a name.
They looked at tens of millions of forenames and surnames across the UK and asked: are these names more common in Scotland, or in England and Wales? Based on the answers, they calculated “Scottishness” scores for full names.
They set the average at 100. Names like Ewen McGregor (270) and David Cameron (153) scored higher (i.e. were more Scottish) than average. Names like Gordon Brown (95) and Sean Connery (34) scored lower.
Which full names were the most Scottish overall?
- Angusina MacEachen (284)
- Murdo MacRitchie (283)
- Murdina MacCorquodale (283)
- Williamina Killoh (283)
- Angusina MacIver (283)
- Mhairi Kimmet (283)
- Williamina Marnie (283)
- Williamina McCallie (283)
- Alexina Killoh (283)
- Eilidh McCorquodale (281)
I was a surprised about Williamina and Alexina. I guess didn’t realize these two names were so distinctly Scottish. Both are rare here in the U.S.
Update, 3/22/16: Some incredibly Scottish names — Caledonia, Corryvreckan, Highlande — popped up in Scotland in 2015.