According to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in the country last year were Olivia and Jack.
Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
- Olivia, 349 baby girls
- Emily, 318
- Isla, 317
- Freya, 270
- Ella, 259
- Amelia, 257
- Ava, 241
- Sophie, 238
- Grace, 235
- Millie, 216
- Jack, 382 baby boys
- Noah, 337
- Leo, 289
- Oliver, 284
- Harris, 273
- Finlay, 255
- Lewis, 254
- James, 252
- Rory, 247
- Alexander, 240
In the girls’ top 10, Millie replaced Lily.
In the boys’ top 10, Lewis replaced Archie.
The fastest-rising names in the girls’ top 100 were Lyla, Blake, and Rowan; the fastest-rising names in the boys’ top 100 were Carson, Struan, and Myles.
And what about the unique names?
Almost 12% of baby girls were given a name that no other girl was registered with in 2021. Almost 9% of boys had unique names for births last year.
Baby names bestowed just once in Scotland last year include…
|Unique Girl Names||Unique Boy Names|
|Arlo-Moon, Aquamarine, Boglarka, Bryar-Loch, Cleagh, Cocohuay, Dervla, Diadem, Ember-Willow, Estrid, Falluin, Floraidh, Ghillie, Gwenno, Hessa, Humna, Iolanthe, Ischia, Jahanara, Juaa, Ketaki, Knoxie, Linaz, Liola-Sky, Mharli-Mae, Myfanwy, Nardos, Nymeria, Ocean-Bleu, Otterly, Pannavee, Paris-Sarah, Quinnie, Ribhinn, Ruoyi, Salka, Stuti, Thyra, Tifa, Unsa, Velvetjane, Wilda, Xiylo, Ying, Zanna, Zarnish||Arziki, Athilan, Bligh, Bruar, Caladh, Ciurar, Domhnall, Doski, Eloim, Ezra’banx, Firth, Fury, Gilmar, Guyan, Hanzala, Harcus, Ieuan, Ivaylo, Jockie, Joris, Kairimui, Kallikrates, Linstrum, Lorenzo-Moon, Marric, Massinissa, Nakoah-Knox, Nimrod, Oputjo, Otter, Parnaj, Prokop, Quanders, Rascal, Rhue, Simanga, Somhairle, Torben, Trix, Uziah-Nova, Vakaris, Wrath, Xanthus, Yuveer, Zander-Blu, Zebedee|
Here are possible explanations/associations for some of the above:
- Diadem, a type of crown
- Ischia, an island near Naples
- Nymeria, a direwolf from Game of Thrones
- Ribhinn, a Scottish-Gaelic word (rìbhinn) meaning “maiden, girl”
- Tifa, a character from the Final Fantasy video games
- Kallikrates, a 5th-century BC Greek architect
- Masinissa, a 2nd-century BC Numidian king
- Somhairle, a 12th-century Norse-Gaelic king
Finally, here are the 2020 rankings for Scotland, if you’d like to compare.