Apparently in Scotland there are a number of interchangeable first names. So if you are looking for a Patrick, look for Peter too. The same applies for Janet and Jessie as well as Malcolm and Callum. In my family there are also a number of females called Grizel (or Grizsel). This is a Scottish Gaelic name and is often changed to Grace. I must say I’m quite glad the name Grizel wasn’t passed down the family to me!
Posted in: Family History Tip– July 28, 2009