Scottish Background

Scotland as we know it these days has evolved over centuries from old Gaelic and Celtic cultures. With its capital of Edinburgh, this small country now has a population of little below 6 million people and is one of the countries of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. They say Scots are stingy, but they are also fans of rugby and soccer, lovers of Scotch whisky as Ballantine’s and Chivas Regal, and enthusiastic readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Walter Scott. Vast green highlands, the famous Edinburgh castle or fearless Scotland Yard – those are all symbolic for the homeland of Sean Connery and tartan pattern. The combination of Scottish English and Gaelic English gives parents around the world the opportunity to give their children names with profound etymology, strong ancestry and very often, puzzling pronunciation.