How popular is the baby name Mhairi in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Mhairi.

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Popularity of the baby name Mhairi

Posts that mention the name Mhairi

Popular baby names in Scotland (UK), 2011

Flag of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United Kingdom

Scotland’s General Register Office has just announced the top baby names in Scotland for 2011:

Girl Names

  1. Sophie
  2. Lily
  3. Ava
  4. Olivia
  5. Emily
  6. Lucy
  7. Isla
  8. Jessica
  9. Chloe
  10. Ellie

Boy Names

  1. Jack
  2. Lewis
  3. James
  4. Logan
  5. Ethan
  6. Daniel
  7. Ryan
  8. Alexander
  9. Harry
  10. Aaron

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 page Babies’ First Names 2011.

Source: Revealed: Scotland’s most popular baby names

Image: Adapted from Flag of the United Kingdom (public domain)

Which names are the most Scottish?


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?

  1. Angusina MacEachen (284)
  2. Murdo MacRitchie (283)
  3. Murdina MacCorquodale (283)
  4. Williamina Killoh (283)
  5. Angusina MacIver (283)
  6. Mhairi Kimmet (283)
  7. Williamina Marnie (283)
  8. Williamina McCallie (283)
  9. Alexina Killoh (283)
  10. Eilidh McCorquodale (281)

I was 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 on on birth certificates in Scotland in 2015.


Image: Adapted from Isle of Skye – Old Man of Storr by Sanshiro Kubota under CC BY 2.0.