Scottish Dog Names

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Introduction

Scotland and the Scottish culture are richly fascinating.  Many people today can draw their ancestry back to a Scottish clan and feel connected to the people and place.  Even those who cannot identify by family origins are connected by the tumultuous history of the nation.  Several dog breeds, some of which are favored companions and others who are hailed as the smartest of the canines, have origins in Scotland.  As pet owners, we want to choose a name that is befitting our canine companions, and the Scottish themed names are among some of the most popular in identifying a cultural and ancestral meaning for many people.

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Scottish Dog Name Considerations

Scotland is a land rich with myth and history but is also the home to several dog breeds.  Terriers, which developed in the British Isles well over a millennium ago are classified as smooth and rough coats.  The rough coats, known as the Skye group hail from the Scottish Highlands.  Dog breeds who are particularly suited for Scottish themed names include the Cairn Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont, the Scottish Terrier, the Skye Terrier, and the West Highland Terrier.  These small, feisty earth dogs represent the quintessential Scot.  However, it is possible to overstate your dog's name and heritage.  For example, naming your Scottish Terrier Scottie might be a little much but go for it if you or the kids have their hearts set on so obvious a connection.  

Other dogs breeds to consider are the Border Collie and Shetland Sheepdog whose intelligence and herding abilities are unmatched by other breeds.  These dogs can enjoy a full range of Scottish themed named from Haggis to Aberdeen, Heather to Skye.  Your dog does not need to have Scottish breed ancestry to enjoy a Scottish name either.  If Scotland has meaning to you, your dog's name can reflect such a connection without being connected itself.  

Male Scottish Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Giles
A Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland
6
Charlie
Reference to Bonnie Price Charlie, the Jacobite pretender to the throne of England, Scotland, and Ireland
4
Jamie
A fictional Scottish Highland of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander
4
Cooper
Someone who makes and repairs barrels and cask for whiskey
3
Watt
Reference to the 19th Scottish inventor, James Watt
3
Duke
A Scottish ruler of a small state
3
Peaty
Referring to peat bogs, an environmental feature of Scotland
2
Wallace
A reference to the famous Scottish knight of Scottish Independence, William Wallace
2
Scottie
A nickname indicating something Scottish
2
Tartan
Scottish clan colors
2
Arran
Reference to the Scottish Isle of Arran
2
Kelpie
A mythical creature known as the Scottish Water Horse
1
Haggis
A traditional savory Scottish pudding made of sheep's pluck
1
Jock
Disney's Scottish Terrier from The Lady and the Tramp
1
Chip
A British term for a French fry
1
Sterling
Scottish currency, the pound sterling
1
Ghillie Dhu
A Scottish wood spite who fiercely guards the woodlands
1
Bogbean
A Scottish herb used to flavor ale and tonics
0
Macbeth
An 11th Century Scottish Duke turned King of Scotland and the subject of Shakespeare's most revered drama
-1
Laddie
A Scottish term for a young man
-1
Watson
You can't have Sherlock without Watson
-1
Aberdeen
The third largest city in Scotland
-1
Bruce
Reference to Robert the Bruce, a 14th Century nobleman who won Scotland's independence and was crowned King
-1
Bairn
Gaelic for a child
-2
Sherlock
The famous fictional detective of Scottish writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-2
Quid
A nickname for Scottish currency

Female Scottish Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Tattie
A slang expression for potatoes and goes well with neeps
6
Dafty
A Scottish term for a silly person
5
Selkie
A mythical sea creature of Scotland
4
Embra
The slang term for the Scottish capital of Edinbough
4
Inverness
A Scottish City in the Highlands
3
Red Rose
A reference to Scottish poet Robert Burns, "A Red Red Rose"
3
Shirley
Shirley Temple loved her Scottish Terrier dog
2
Thistle
The flower of Scotland
2
Alba
Gaelic for Scotland
2
Gretna
Gretna Green is a famous destination for eloping lovers
2
Shortbread
A Scottish dessert made of flour, sugar, and butter
2
Puppy Dearest
Joan Crawford loved her Scottish Terrier
2
Flotta
A Scottish island, one of the Shetlands
2
Erica
A variety of Scottish flowers
1
Lassie
A Scottish term for a young lady
1
Nessie
The Lochness Monster's nickname
1
Skye
A once secluded and misty area of the Highlands known as the Isle of Skye
1
Claire
Reference to Claire Fraser, the fictional wife of Jamie Fraser of Outlander
1
Destiny
Reference to the Stone of Destiny, the Coronation Stone of Perth, Scotland
1
Clutha
Gaelic for water godess
1
Isla
Another word for Isle in Scotland
0
Mary
Reference to Mary, Queen of Scots
0
Merida
A Scottish princess of Disney's movie, Brave
0
Lena
The name of actress Tatum O'Neal's little Scottie dog
-1
Annabel
Scottish name meaning "easy to love"
-1
Heather
A Scottish flower and flower meaning good luck
-1
Calluna
Another name for Scottish Heather
-3
Piper
A term for a one who plays the Scottish bagpipes
-3
Neeps
A slang description for swede, similar to a turnip, in Scotland
-3
Bramble
What the Scottish call a blackberry

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