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Gaelic is one of the languages of the Celts. The remains
of the old Gaelic language are found in the Scottish
Highlands. Irish (also known a the Erse), the Manx,
Cornish and the Welsh dialects are the other languages
of the Celts. But Gaelic is specifically spoken in the
Highlands of Scotland. Gaelic surnames and their
derivatives are detailed under the following section
about Scottish surnames.
Scottish Surnames including Gaelic Surnames
Scottish surnames divide into two categories. Scottish
surnames from the highlands and Scottish surnames from
the lowlands of Scotland. The Scottish Gaelic surnames
from the highlands were heavily influenced by the Clans.
Highlanders gave their allegiance to Clans and adopted
the surname used by that clan. These surnames included
names like Mackintosh, Macgregor, Maclachlan,
Macdonnell, Macdonald, Macduff, Buchanan, Drummond,
Munro, Campbell, Stewart, Cameron and Ross. Scottish
surnames from the lowlands of Scotland tended to be
influenced by English names. Many Scottish surnames such
as Stewart, Cameron and Ross are now commonly used as
First or middle names.
Gaelic First Names
Importance of First Names!
We respond to our names throughout our lives. People
associate us with our first name, it forms part of our
identity. They help to distinguish us from one to
another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes
totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing
a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage
in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of an
Gaelic Baby name is, therefore, incredibly important.
And those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on a
Origins of Gaelic baby names
The origins of Gaelic baby names include place names,
names related to mythology and history, origins from
colours, plants and other types of nature, Fictional
origins, historical origins, characteristic and
religious origins. We then move on to Gaelic baby names
which can be classed as Clan names, Descriptive names,
Place names, Speciality names and finally unique (or
Gaelic baby name shall I give to my baby?
Will the traditional Gaelic baby name suit my baby? Will
it be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name
isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Will it be
appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with
baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults
- parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old
age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will
the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What
will your baby think of your choice?