National Records of Scotland

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Further information

Further information

An Occasional Paper published in January 2001, entitled Popular Forenames in Scotland, 1900-2000, gives details of trends in forenames in the 20th century.

An Occasional Paper on Surnames in Scotland will be published on the National Records of Scotland website early in 2003.

The Registrar General's registration records, which date back to 1855, have been augmented to include a computerised index to the Church of Scotland parish registers back to 1553. This has enabled customers to analyse the frequency of occurrence of Scottish forenames and surnames over four centuries. For all enquiries or further information on the availability of data please contact Statistics Customer Services (e-mail: [email protected]).

There are many websites dedicated to name lists. The one given below gives much background information and links to other sites of interest.


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