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Gaelic Baby Names - Info requested by our visitors
In their search for Gaelic Baby Names people become interested in researching their own surname or family name and First Name. We have therefore included this information to meet the requests of our visitors.
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
The 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 responsible task!
The 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 created names).
What 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?