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Iseabail's list of resources about Scots in place and personal names


Dorward, D. (1995) Scotlands Place-names, Edinburgh: Mercat Press.

Drummond, Peter (2007) Scottish Hill Names (new edn of Scottish Hill and Mountain Names 1991), Scottish Mountaineering Trust.

Nicolaisen, W. F. H. (1976, 2nd edn 2001) Scottish Place-Names: Their Study and Significance, Edinburgh: John Donald.

Ordnance Survey:  lists of Gaelic, Welsh, Norse and Scots terms on its maps:  http:/

Scottish Place-Name Society (Comann Ainmean-Aite na h-Alba),  voluntary organsation which coordinates the work of different groups and individuals, from academics to interested laymen. Twice-yearly newsletter.

Personal names

Black, George (1946) The Surnames of Scotland. Their Origin, Meaning and History, New York: New York Public Library.  Reprinted by Birlinn 1996. Not always accurate in identifying continental origins.

Dorward, David (2003) Scottish Surnames, Glasgow: Collins.

Hanks, Patrick and Hodges, Flavia (1988) A Dictionary of Surnames, Oxford University Press.

Hanks, Patrick and Hodges, Flavia (1990) A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press

Whyte, Donald (1996) Scottish Forenames: their origin and history. Edinburgh: Birlinn.  Go to 'family names > surname profiler' for maps based on UCL research on the distribution of surnames in Great Britain