The Popularity of Scottish Girl Names in the 90’s

Scottish Girl Names in the 90’s

Scottish names may have risen in popularity for girls in the 1990s because of many different factors. Maybe it was because of the popularity of certain Scottish actors at the time. Perhaps it was because people were embracing their Scottish heritage and chose to name their daughters Scottish names. The film Braveheart came out in the middle of the 1990s, so that may have played a hand in popularising Scottish culture and names during the 1990s. Whatever the reason here are a few factors that may have played into the popular Scottish girls names of the nineties.

In 1996 a film adaption of Jane Austen’s Emma was filmed starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma. This could be why Emma ended up being so popular. An estimated seven thousand, six hundred and fifty-two baby girls were named Emma in the 1990s.

It’s possible that the designer Ralph Lauren seeing so much popularity in the 1990s may have resulted in Lauren becoming popular. Six thousand, seven hundred and eighty baby girls were named Lauren in the nineties decade.

Rebecca may have been popular as a baby name during the nineties because it is a Biblical name. Usually every year or decade there is one Biblical name that stands out among the rest. Rebecca means to be beautiful, modest and kind-hearted. Six thousand, six hundred and eighty-nine baby girls born in the nineties were named Rebecca.

Amy is a name that means beloved. One popular Amy from the nineties was the Christian singer-songwriter Amy Grant. Five thousand, nine hundred and forty-three babies were named Amy that decade.

Sarah is a name that means little princess. It so happens that there were many popular ladies named Sarah during the nineties. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah McLachlan and the main character in The Little Princess was named Sarah. I think it is safe to say that Sarah McLachlan was the biggest inspiration for the name Sarah being so popular, but it could be any of the other Sarahs of the decade too that inspired the name’s popularity. Five thousand, four hundred and ninety-six Sarah were born in the nineties.


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