Choosing a name for your baby may be one of the biggest decisions of your life. If you live in Nova Scotia, or are originally from here, or if Nova Scotia simply holds a special place in your heart, this list will give you some wonderful and unique ways to show your Nova Scotia pride when naming your child.
We polled our readers for their special Nova Scotia names and wasn’t surprised to see many Cape Breton inspired names (hence that adorable Cape Breton vested baby in the title image). We also added some more names heard throughout the years, and together we’ve come up with a list of thirty Nova Scotia inspired baby names for you to peruse.
They’re alphabetical, rather than “gendered,” as many names can be for boys or girls.
If you have more to add, please do so in the comments so everyone can see the name and why it has a special Nova Scotia connection to you!
Acadia: for the region, the people, and the university
Ainslie: for Lake Ainslie in Cape Breton
Alexander: Nova Scotia’s own Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Keith are both great reasons to use this name
Alistair: for Alistair MacLeod, acclaimed Cape Breton novelist
Anne: whether it’s for our neighbour PEI’s Anne of Green Gables, or Nova Scotia’s own Anne Murray, Annapolis Royal, or Fort Anne, you can’t go wrong with this classic
Ashby: for Ashby, Cape Breton
Barrington: for Barrington – the lobster capital of Canada!
Breton: for, of course, Cape Breton
Brooklyn: for Brooklyn, Queens County
Cabot: for the Cabot Trail
Ceilidh: (pronounced Kay-lee) Gaelic for, according to wikipedia: “a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling,” or, as we usually call it, a good old-fashioned Nova Scotia kitchen party
Colchester/Cole: for Colchester Country
George: for George Dixon, Africville born boxer who was the first Canadian born boxing champion
Hali: for Halifax
Mabel: for the famous children’s book Mabel Murple by Nova Scotia’s Sheree Fitch
Mairead: (pronounced like Mah-rade) Gaelic form of Margaret
Maud: for the infamous NS artist Maud Lewis
Margaree: for Margaree, Cape Breton
Mira: for Mira, Cape Breton
Nova: for Nova Scotia, Latin for “new”
Ocean: because NS is Canada’s Ocean Playground
Peggy: for Peggys Cove
Rita: either for renowned Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe or singer Rita MacNeil
Sable: for Sable Island
Scotia: for Nova Scotia, Latin for Scotland
Sloan: for the band that put Nova Scotia on the music map as “Seattle of the North”
Sydney/Sidney: for Sydney, Cape Breton or Sidney Crosby
Victoria: for the county and the Queen
Viola: for Viola Desmond, civil rights pioneer in NS and the first woman (besides the Queen) on Canadian currency
Xavier: for St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish
And, let’s not forget, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Nova Scotia’s seasons are so memorable, each in their own way, that they make excellent Nova Scotian inspired names as well.
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Have you used one of these names? Do you have another one that we didn’t think of? Add it below in the comments and tell us why it has a special Nova Scotia connection to you.