330+ Scottish Dog Names For Your Kilted Canine
Aye there, fellow dog lovers! If you're a proud dog owner, then you know how important it is to give your pup the perfect name. And what better way to celebrate your Scottish ancestry and love for Scottish culture, than by giving your dog a traditionally Scottish name.
With its rugged landscapes and centuries of fascinating and rich history, Scotland offers a wealth of inspiration when it comes to finding the perfect Scottish dog name. Whether you're a die-hard Outlander fan or simply love the idea of paying homage to your Scottish roots, there's a name out there that's perfect for your pooch.
In this article, we'll dive into the origins of the most popular names among dog owners in Scotland, and look at how your pup's name can pay tribute to the unique beauty of Scottish life. So, don your kilt laddies and let's get started!
Female Scottish Dog Names for your Wee Lassie
Are you the proud mom or dad of a beautiful Scotslady? Then look no further than this extensive list to find the ideal Scottish name. “Elizabeth” is a timeless classic with many options for nicknames, so why not go with the Gaelic “Elspeth” for an added touch of class and uniqueness?
|Aggie (Scottish form of Agnes or Agatha)|
|Aileen (scottish version of Eileen)|
|Alice (Gaelic Name “Ailis”)|
|Bessie (Gaelic Name “Beasag”)|
|Coira (means “seething pool”)|
|Curstaidh (Scottish version of Kirstie)|
|Elspeth (Scottish form of Elizabeth)|
|Joan (female version of Scottish “John” or “Ian”)|
|Kenna (female version of Kenneth which means “fire-born”)|
|Kenzie (short for “Mackenzie”)|
|Sheena (Scottish version of Jane)|
|Wynda (means “narrow path”)|
Male Scottish Dog Names for your Wee Laddie
Look no further for all the best Scottish boy dog names. We have you covered from A to Z! There are so many fantastic names to choose here, we can’t even settle on a favorite.
|Acton (name means “from the oak tree settlement”)|
|Aidan (Gaelic Name “Aodhan”)|
|Cameron (crooked nose)|
|Campbell (crooked mouth)|
|Finlay (means “white warrior”)|
|Gordon (after the Gordon Setter breed)|
|Hamilton (Scottish clan name)|
|Ian (Scottish version of John)|
|MacDonald (one of the famous clan names)|
|Mackay (one of the famous clan names)|
|Murdoch (“Murdo” for short)|
|Shug (Scottish form of Hugh)|
Funny Scottish Dog Names
If you want a Scottish name with a bit of humor attached, the language of the Scots does not disappoint. From Gaelic to colloquial slang, there is an option for every personality. We adore “McRuff” for something completely original.
|Alba||Gaelic for Scotland|
|Bean||from “beathan” meaning life|
|Caledonia||Latin name for Scotland|
|Canny||Slang for a smart person|
|Céilidh||traditional scottish dancing|
|Coorie||meaning “to cuddle”|
|Dafty||A foolish person|
|Dixie||Scottish word meaning “telling off”|
|Doonhamer||person from the town of Dumfries|
|Gallus||Scottish slang for mischievous|
|Hogmanay||last day of the year|
|Kilt||kilt – knee length garment worn by men in the Highlands|
|Laddie||Scottish term for a young man|
|Lassie||Scottish term for a young woman|
|MacWee||Scottish clan name|
|McRuff||play on “mc” surnames in Scotland and “ruff” the sound a dog makes|
|Paisley||iconic pattern printed in the town “Paisley” during the Industrial Revolution|
|Quid||slang for the pound sterling|
|Rocket||slang for crazy|
|Scooby||slang for clue|
|Scottie||a person from Scotland|
|Tammie||traditional bonnet worn by men|
|Tartan||for the Tartan Army|
|Totie||slang for “little”|
Dog Names Inspired Gaelic Words for Animals
Choosing a dog name based on foreign language words for animals is a growing trend. We love “Grumphie” for a pup thats a bit too obsessed with his food!
|Cailean||Scottish Gaelic word for “young dog”|
|Conall||means “strong wolf”|
|Corny||the unicorn is Scotland's national animal|
|Gavenia||means “white hawk”|
|Madigan||means “little dog”|
|Madra||Gaelic word for dog|
Unique Scottish Dog Names Inspired by Scotland’s Geography
This country has some of the most beautiful geography in the world and is a great source of inspiration for Scottish dog names.
|Ailsa||One of the Scottish islands|
|Andrew||St. Andrews is a town in East Scotland (home of St. Andrews University)|
|Arabella||village in the Scottish Highlands|
|Arran||Isle of Arran|
|Balmoral||Balmoral Castle – bought for Queen Victoria/family home of Queen Elizabeth|
|Cawdor||village and a castle|
|Clyde||River in Glasgow|
|Dean||Dean Village – famous village in Edinburgh|
|Edinburgh||the capital city, “Edin” for short|
|Embra||Scottish slang for Edinburgh|
|Fara||One of the Scottish islands|
|Fyvie||village and a castle|
|Glam||Glamis Castle – birthplace of Princess Margaret|
|Glasgow||Scotland's largest city|
|Helensburgh||Village near Glasgow, “Helen” for short|
|Inverness||Main city in the Scottish Highlands|
|Kelvin||River in Glasgow|
|Kirkcaldy||Kirkcaldy – town – “Kirk” for short|
|Leith||Water of Leith – main river in Edinburgh|
|Lossiemouth||Lossiemouth – town|
|Malin||Malin Sea – southwest of Scotland|
|Mey||Castle of Mey – was owned by the Queen Mother|
|Munro||mountain with elevation of more than 3000ft|
|Papa||uninhabited island in the Scalloway islands|
|Roslin||Village in Edinburgh|
|Skye||Isle of Skye|
|Stanraer||Stanraer – town|
|Tay||longest river in the Scottish Highlands|
|Tobermory||Tobermory – burgh on the Isle of Mull|
|Torridon||Village in the Highlands|
Dog Names Based on the Scottish Words for Colors
Choosing a dog name based on colors is a great way to pay tribute to your pup's unique coat color. We love “Dubh” (pronounced “Duv”) for a wee little Scottie.
|Fiona||name means “white”|
Dog Names Inspired by Scotland’s Popular Drinks
The land of whisky and ale – there are so many brands of scotch to look to when trying to find amazing Scottish dog names.
|Ale||another word for beer|
|Barley||originally all scotch was made from barley|
|Cooper||craftsman who makes barrels used to age whisky|
|Cragganmore||cragganmore – whisky|
|Hoggie||cask used to mature whisky|
|Mead||honey based alcoholic drink|
|Whipkull||traditional drink made from egg yolk, sugar, rum and cream|
Scottish Dog Names Inspired by Scotland’s Cuisine
Food is a dominant part of Scottish culture and full of some great ideas if you’re looking for an unusual dog name.
|Chip||the British word for “fries”|
|Clapshot||also called neeps and tatties|
|Clootie Patootie||Clootie – dried fruit dumpling (play on saying “Cutie Patootie”)|
|Cullen||cullen skink – thick Scottish soup|
|Haggis||traditional Scottish dish|
|Neep||Neeps and Tatties – mashed potato and mashed swede or turnip|
|Skirlie Girlie||skirlie – savory oatmeal|
|Smokie||type of smoked haddock – from Arbroath|
|Stovie||dish of potatoes, onions, meat and fat|
|Tattie||Neeps and Tatties – mashed potato and mashed swede or turnip|
|Tayberry||manmade fruit – mix between blackberries and raspberries|
Dog Names from Scottish History and Famous People
From Sean Connery to William Wallace, there is no shortage of legendary people to name your dogs after.
|Arthur||Arthur Conan Doyle – writer|
|Barrie||James Matthew Barrie – Peter Pan creator|
|Bell||Alexander Graham Bell – invented the telephone|
|Bobby||Greyfriars Bobby – guarded owner's grave for 14yrs|
|Bruce||King Robert the Bruce|
|Burns||Robert Burns – poet|
|Conan||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – writer|
|Connery||Sean Connery – actor|
|Connolly||Billy Connolly – actor|
|Elsie||Elsie Inglis – doctor and suffragette|
|Flora||Flora MacDonald – helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape Scotland|
|George||George Buchanan – tutor to Mary Queen of Scots|
|Hume||David Hume – philosopher|
|Kevin||Kevin McKidd – actor|
|Lennox||Annie Lennox – singer|
|Logie||John Logie Baird – invented the TV|
|Lulu||pop singer and actress|
|Mackintosh||Charles Rennie Mackintosh – architect|
|Mary||Mary Queen of Scots|
|Rennie||Charles Rennie Mackintosh – architect|
|Rob Roy||legendary outlaw – Scottish Robin Hood|
|Wallace||William Wallace – Scottish knight|
|Walter||Walter Scott – writer|
|Welsh||Irvine Welsh – novelist|
Great Scottish Names from Movies, TV Shows and Books
Pop culture as always remains a favoured place to search for a beloved moniker for your pet. We love “Braveheart” for a fearless pup.
|Broon||The Broons – comic|
|Corra||A discovery of witches|
|Freyja||A discovery of witches|
|Gallowglass||A discovery of witches|
|Hamish||A discovery of witches|
|Hotshot||Beano (Hotshot Hamish)|
|Jock||Lady and the Tramp|
|Lady MacDuff||Shakespeare's MacBeth|
|Lord MacDuff||Shakespeare's MacBeth|
|Minerva||Minerva McGonagall – Harry Potter|
|Nesbitt||Rab. C. Nesbitt – comedy series|
|Scotty||Montgomery “Scotty” Scott – Star Trek|
|Stoic the Vast||How to Train your Dragon|
|Tam Lin||fairy knight from legendary ballad|
|Toto||The Wizard of Oz|
|Willie||Groundskeeper Willie – The Simpsons|
|Wullie||Oor Wullie Comics|
Dog Names with Origins in Scottish Mythology
Is there a more Scottish name than “Ness” or “Nessie”?
|Kelpie||shapeshifting water spirit usually in the form of a horse|
|Ness||loch ness monster|
|Nessie||legendary loch ness monster|
|Selkie||“seal folk” – beings who can change from seal to human form|
|Willo||Will-o'-the-wisps – bog or marsh spirits shaped like flames|
|Wulver||benevolent humanoid wolf – put fish on the windowsills of poor families|
Exquisite Scottish Dog Names Inspired by Beautiful Nature
There are some beautiful Scottish dog names here inspired by the splendor of nature. We adore “Bramble” for a pupoy with an adventurous outdoor spirit.
|Barclay||means “birch tree meadow”|
|Camden||means “winding valley”|
|Glen||means “small valley”|
|Loch||lake or sea inlet|
|Rosheen||means “little rose”|
Sporty Names for your Scottish Pup
Do you have an agility master on yout hands? Choosing a sporty name then is a no-brainer. Our top pick is “MacNab” for an all round sporting legend,
|Caber||Caber Toss – traditional sport|
|Coulthard||David Coulthard – Formula One|
|Fife||East Fife football|
|Fleck||John Fleck – football|
|Golf||golf was invented in Scotland in 1764|
|Higgins||John Higgins – snooker|
|Kay Lee Ray||wrestler|
|MacNab||sporting challenge – shoot a stag and 2 grouse and catch a salmon|
|McGinn||John McGinn – football|
|Murray||Andy Murray – tennis|
|Shankly||Bill Shankly – football|
|Shinty||game similar to field hockey|
|Stoltman||Luke Stoltman – strongman|
|Taylor||Josh Taylor – boxing|
Scottish Dog Breeds
Ah, Scotland! The land of tartan, bagpipes, and some of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny terriers to giant hounds. Let’s take a look at what makes them so special.
Known as the “Scottie”, this small but mighty pooch was originally bred to hunt rats and foxes. With its signature short legs, pointy ears, and scruffy coat, the Scottish Terrier is a true Scottish icon, and has even graced the White House as a presidential pet. Despite its size, the Scottish Terrier is fearless, feisty, and fiercely independent, and makes a great companion for those who appreciate a bit of sass and spunk.
The Cairn Terrier is another pint-sized powerhouse that was bred to hunt small game in the rugged Scottish Highlands. Its name comes from the cairns (piles of stones) that were used to mark the entrances of burrows where prey animals would hide. These terriers are known for their boundless energy, intelligence, and loyalty, and make a great family dog.
It comes as no surprise that one of the world’s most beloved and popular dog breeds originated in Scotland. The Border Collie is a working dog par excellence and is considered by many to be the smartest dog breed in the world. Originally bred to herd sheep and cattle on the Scottish borders, the Border Collie is a natural athlete, and excels in agility, obedience, and any other canine sport you can think of.
Another herding dog that hails from Scotland is the Shetland Sheepdog, or “Sheltie” for short. This is a highly intelligent and trainable dog that excels in herding, agility, and obedience. However, it's also a gentle and affectionate companion that loves nothing more than cuddling with its human family.
This majestic and elegant dog is perhaps best known as the breed that inspired the novel and movie “Lassie”. The Rough Collie, a herding dog, is known for its loyalty, intelligence, and grace. It has a long and silky coat that requires regular grooming, but the effort is well worth it for those who appreciate a dog with a regal and dignified presence.
This is one of the largest and most powerful dogs in the world. Originally bred to hunt deer and other large game in the Highlands, the Scottish Deerhound is a sighthound that can run at incredible speeds and has a keen sense of sight and smell.
Despite its size and strength, however, the Scottish Deerhound is a gentle and laid-back dog and is a great choice for those who want a giant dog that is not aggressive or hyperactive.
The Gordon Setter is a large and athletic dog that was originally bred to hunt birds in the Scottish moors and is known for its striking black and tan coat, long ears, and friendly disposition. It's a great choice for those who want a dog that is both a skilled hunter and a loyal companion.
Scottish dog breeds are some of the most fascinating and charming dogs in the world and deserve more recognition and appreciation. Whether you prefer a small and spunky terrier, a giant and regal hound, or anything in between, there's a Scottish dog breed that will steal your heart and make you smile. So, go ahead and adopt a Scottish dog, and discover the joys of owning a furry friend that is both a piece of history and a bundle of unbridled joy!
I’m Shelley, a content creator and copywriter from Wicklow in the Irish countryside. I am a big animal lover, so writing about dogs is a dream come true! I’m the crazy lady who will stop you in the street while you’re out walking your dog to give it cuddles. I adore all dogs, but I would have to say the big slobbery ones are my favorite.