Names for a selkie girl ?

Well im writing a character that is a selkie. For those that don't know a selkie is a mythological being that can shapeshift from human to seal by taking or adding there seal coat.

My main lead is a half selkie girl from Scottish descend with the surname McPhee / Macfie.

So I would love some traditional / old fashion Scottish names .

As a time reference , its set on the 1700s/ 1800s.


December 3, 2018 12:44 PM

I took the liberty of changing all instances of "selfie" to "selkie" in your post.

I'm going to suggest Elspeth, Isobel, and Maisie (if you like alliteration) because they're all Scottish versions of very traditional names and easy for non-Scottish readers to read. I'm not expert enough to know whether other names would have been used during that time period. 

My gut said that Macfie felt made up, but a quick search shows that it's actually a very old spelling, so what do I know :)

December 3, 2018 12:54 PM

I hate auto correct at times lol.

Well, I do like those names so I will keep them in mind!

I choose Mcphee since the early clan descended from Selkies

December 3, 2018 5:42 PM

Somewhat earlier than your setting, but common names in 17th century lowland Scotland include Janet, Elspet, Issobell, Margret, Agnes, Meriorie (Marjorie), and Cristiane. From another list, some feminine names from the first half of the 1600s in Scotland: Besseta, Effie, Grissell, Kathren, and Mareona (Marion).

For highland (Gaelic-speaking) Scotland, the spellings change pretty drastically, but the underlying "source names" are much the same: Oighrig or Eighrig (a Gaelic name commonly associated with Effie/Euphemia), Catriona (a Gaelic form of Catherine), Ealusaid (a Gaelic form of Elizabeth), Mairead (a Gaelic form of Margaret), Seonaid (a Gaelic form of Janet), Raonaid (a Gaelic form of the Norse name Ragnhildis), Cairistiona (a Gaelic form of Christine), Sitheag (a Gaelic name derived from a word meaning "wolf").

(No, I don't know how to pronounce any of the Gaelic names, besides "not how they look".)