Scottish Dog Names (60)

Border collie in Scottish countryside; Scottish dog names

There are plenty of fantastic choices for naming your Scottish terrier, Westie, Sheltie, Cairn terrier, Border collie, and other Scottish dog breeds, thanks to their rich tradition and culture. A touch of Scottish culture in your dog's name may truly make it stand out. These are the best Scottish dog names for boys and girls, as well as names inspired by Gaelic words, clans, and lineages.

Top Scottish Dog Names 

  • Ainsley
  • Archie
  • Duff
  • Islay
  • Lassie
  • Nessie
  • Scotch
  • Skye
  • Sterling (Scotland's currency)
  • Tartan
  • Thistle
  • Whiskey

Tips for Naming Your Dog

While naming your new best buddy might be difficult, know that it will also be enjoyable. If you're looking for ideas for a Scottish dog name, have some fun with it and consider what fascinates you about Scotland. Consider clan names or surnames that are common in Scotland if your dog is one of the popular breeds from the country. Consider what makes your dog special—his appearance, demeanor, and other characteristics are all excellent sources of inspiration.

Even after you've chosen the right name for your new acquaintance, you'll probably come up with a slew of nicknames. Remember that your dog's name will appear on vet records, be given to family and friends, and be screamed out at the dog park on a frequent basis. So choose something simple to say and not too uncomfortable to say in public!

Scottish Dog Names from Gaelic Words

Although just 1% of Scotland's population speaks Gaelic, don't let that stop you from utilizing this collection of Gaelic phrases to pick the perfect Scottish dog name. Start here to uncover some highland idioms that make great dog names because the Gaelic language is famed for its lyrical descriptions of things.

  • Aidan – Fire
  • Ainsley – Woodland
  • Alba – Gaelic for Scotland
  • Bairn – Baby
  • Bean – Fair
  • Bein – Mountain
  • Duff – Dark
  • Effie – Well-spoken
  • Fiona – White
  • Glen – Valley
  • Loch – A lake or inlet
  • Madra – Dog
  • Roisin, Rosheen – Little Rose
  • Tavish – Twin

Scottish Dog Names from Clans and Surnames

In Scotland, family ties are strong, and many persons of Scottish ancestry proudly wear their surname or know which Scottish clan they belong to. While there are many surnames and clans to choose from for Scottish dog names, here are a few of the most popular.

  • Boyd - Clan
  • Brodie – Clan
  • Fraser – Clan
  • Gordon - Clan
  • Hamilton - Clan
  • Innes – Clan
  • Mackay – Clan
  • MacLeod – Clan
  • Maxwell – Clan
  • Sinclair – Clan
  • Blair – Surname
  • Cameron – Surname
  • Campbell – Surname
  • Graham – Surname
  • Hunter – Surname
  • Lennox – Surname
  • Logan – Surname
  • Mackenzie – Surname
  • Mcgee – Surname
  • Oliver – Surname
  • Patton – Surname
  • Barclay- Surname

Male Scottish Dog Names

A Scottish name for a male dog generally connotes courage and power, but they can also relate to prominent Scottish locations or be passed down through generations of Scottish families.

  • Angus
  • Archibald (Archie)
  • Argyll
  • Blane
  • Clark
  • Clyde
  • Finlay
  • Gavin
  • Hamish
  • Iver
  • Murdoch
  • Neil

Female Scottish Dog Names

Name your little lass with one of these top options for a female dog. These common Scottish names for girls are equally great options for your pretty pooch.

  • Aileen
  • Aberdeen
  • Bonnie
  • Iona
  • Lassie
  • Maggie
  • Nessie
  • Piper
  • Rona
  • Rose
  • Sheena
  • Shona
  • Tara

Other Dog Name Ideas

If you're still sniffing out the best dog names for your pet, check out these other lists of popular dog names.