The Hottest Baby Names in Scotland
Just in from Scotland's National Records: the top baby names of 2016. Jack continues as Scotland's #1 name for boys, while Olivia supplants Emily as the #1 for girls. The full Scottish top 20:
Comparing to last year with the Baby Name Wizard hotness formula, the fastest-rising boys' names in the top 100 are:
That group is diverse in origin, but remarkably consistent in sound. All five names are two syllables long, and the letters r, l and hard c reign supreme. That theme continues throughout the rising list. None of the to-20 fastest rising boys' names are over two syllables, and "mini" styles like playful O names (Leo, Theo) are especially strong.
For girls, the top risers are a genuinely varied bunch:
That would be one old-time sweet nickname; one contemporary raindrop name; one formal late-Victorian throwback; one long regal classic; and one contemporary British favorite. At first glance, anything goes. Looking deeper on the list, though, the overall feeling of the rising girls is antique and multisyllabic, stately but delicate. Other top-20 risers include Emilia, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Imogen, Olivia, Violet and Isabella.
If you're looking for pure Scottish names that are rising in their homeland but haven't yet caught on in the U.S., try:
Hamish (M): A form of James, anglicized from Seumas
Struan (M): A place name and surname, from the Gaelic for "stream"
Mirren (F): A form of Muirenn or Marian