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Top 10 Scottish Names for your Scottie, Golden Retriever or other Dog of Scottish Origin

Updated on May 10, 2014

One of the first and most enjoyable things to do once you adopt a new puppy or dog is to come up with the perfect name for the new addition to your family! There are many places to draw inspiration for your new dog's name, and one of the most fun can be choosing one that pays homage to the dog's breed's heritage. Many of the breeds popular as family pets today first originated in Scotland. Besides the obvious Scotties or Scottish Terriers are: West Highland White Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Cairn Terriers, Border Collies, Bearded Collies, Rough Collies, Smooth Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bloodhounds. The following are my favorite Scottish names to choose for a canine member of one of these Scottish breeds.

My Top 10 Names for your Scottie, Golden Retriever or other Dog Breed of Scottish Origin

10. Mac - This name means son, an excellent selection for any four-legged son. One syllable names are also easy for dogs to recognize, making it easy for your pooch named Mac to start recognizing his own name quickly and speeding up training for everyone.

9. Ainsley - This name means my own meadow. And what dog wouldn't love his or her own meadow to run and play in? This is a good unisex name, traditionally male, but more popular these days for females.

8. Fergus - This name means strong and masculine. For dog owning families with kids, there is a character in Thomas the Tank Engine by the name as Fergus, as well as a baby ogre in the Shrek series. And for slightly older families, there is a character in the popular Outlander book series by the name of Fergus as well.

7. Kenzie - This names means the fair one. An excellent choice for any fair haired Scottish pup. This is the short form of Mckenzie, which would also make a good albeit longer name for a pet dog.

6. Duncan - This name means brown warrior making it a nice choice for any brave canine, especially one that is and shade of brown in color. It's a royal name as well, shared by two early kings of Scotland, one of whom (Duncan I) is a well known character in Shakespeare's play Macbeth.

5. Maisie/Maisy - This is the Scottish/Gaelic familiar form of Margaret, which means pearl. A perfect choice for a white Westie or a White Golden Retriever.

4. Angus - This name means one choice or exceptional. So what better choice for the exceptional first rate choice dog that you've just added to your family. This name has a rich history in Scotland.

3. Fiona - This name means white or wine. Another wonderful choice for a white Westie. Fiona is one of the most widely known Gaelic names which was popularized in the late 19th century in Scotland. There are are few famous Fionas out there today, none of whom are canine as far as I know, for instance singer Fiona Apple and the fictional Princess Fiona of the Shrek series.

2. Murray - This name means from the sea or lord of the sea. A great choice for a water loving dog, as many of these Scottish breeds are. The popular TV sitcom Mad About You which ran throughout most of the 1900s featured a dog named Murray, as the family dog of the show's starring characters, The Buchmans, played by Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.

1. Bonnie - This names means pretty, fine, or pleasant. And in general conversation Bonnie is also the word Scots use for pretty. Thus making it the perfect name for a pretty dog with Scottish heritage - and what dog isn't pretty after all? For those with two dogs, a male and female, Bonnie and Clyde would pair nicely together after the famous pair of American outlaws by the same names - especially if the pair of dogs is especially mischievous.

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    • mecheshier profile image


      5 years ago

      You are welcome ShepherdLover.

    • ShepherdLover profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Portland, OR

      Thank you mecheshier! It's always nice to hear from a fellow dog lover, and I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub!

    • mecheshier profile image


      5 years ago

      Hi shepardlover

      What a great post. I love dogs and Scottish breeds are a favorite. Your ideas for names are fabulous. Especially the descriptions and touch of history. Thank you! Voted up for useful and awesome


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