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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Allan Scottish            Scottish Aland, a wolf-dog, a hound
Allen Scottish            Scottish Aland, a wolf-dog, a hound
Alpin Scottish            Scottish A pet name, with -in diminutive ending
Anderson Scottish            Scottish son of Andrew
Auld Scottish            Scottish Old
Ault Scottish            Scottish Old
Bannatyne Scottish            Scottish the hill where fires were kindled
Bannerman Scottish            Scottish the king's standard-bearer
Bell Scottish            Scottish Bell
Bonney Scottish            Scottish Genteel, fine, spruce
Boyle Scottish            Scottish Ó Baoithghill descendant of Baoithgheall
Brown Scottish            Scottish complexion, color of hair or garments
Burnett Scottish            Scottish French burnete, a diminutive of brun brown
Burns Scottish            Scottish a small stream
Caddie Scottish            Scottish younger brother
Caddy Scottish            Scottish younger brother
Calland Scottish            Scottish Gallant
Cameron Scottish            Scottish Cam, crooked, and sron, nose
Canty Scottish            Scottish Cheerful, Lively, Brisk
Carstairs Scottish            Scottish Terras's Castle
Christal Scottish            Scottish Christopher
Chrystal Scottish            Scottish Christopher
Clark Scottish            Scottish Clerk, a clergyman
Craigh Scottish            Scottish Rock or Cragg
Cunningham Scottish            Scottish dwelling of the king
Dandy Scottish            Scottish Andrew
Davie Scottish            Scottish David
Dempster Scottish            Scottish arbitrator or officer of justice in the Scottish courts
Dendy Scottish            Scottish Dandy a Scottish pet form of Andrew
Dickeson Scottish            Scottish Dick's Son
Dickson Scottish            Scottish Dick's Son
Docherty Scottish            Scottish Dochartach - dochart, a difficulty, hardship
Dogerty Scottish            Scottish Dochartach - dochart, a difficulty, hardship
Doherty Scottish            Scottish Dochartach - dochart, a difficulty, hardship
Donaldson Scottish            Scottish Donald's Son
Drysdale Scottish            Scottish Dryfesdale = the Dale of the River Dryfe
Ferguson Scottish            Scottish son of Fergus
Findlay Scottish            Scottish Fionnlagh meaning fair warrior
Fleming Scottish            Scottish Flanders. a County or Earldom of the Low Countries, or Netherlands
Forbes Scottish            Scottish Lands free from military service
Fraser Scottish            Scottish Fraischeur, French, frshness, coolness, bloom
Gibson Scottish            Scottish son of Gib or Gilbert
Gordon Scottish            Scottish Gurtduine, Gaelic, a fierce man
Gray Scottish            Scottish A town in Burgundy, France
Hamilton Scottish            Scottish Hamell, a mansion, the seat of a freeholder, and dun, an enclosure, a fortified place, a town
Hay Scottish            Scottish A hedge, an inclosure, to inclose, fence in, a protection, a place of safety
Jamieson Scottish            Scottish son of James
Johnston Scottish            Scottish place in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire
King Scottish            Scottish head or leader
Laing Scottish            Scottish long
Lockman Scottish            Scottish public executioner
Loury Scottish            Scottish crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow
Lowry Scottish            Scottish a crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow
Macklin Scottish            Scottish son of servant of St. John
Maclean Scottish            Scottish son of servant of St. John
Macleod Scottish            Scottish son of ugly
Marshall Scottish            Scottish master of the horse
Maxwell Scottish            Scottish Macsual, son, and sual, small, little
McDonald Scottish            Scottish son of Donald
McDonell Scottish            Scottish son of Donald
McGregor Scottish            Scottish descendants of Gregor
McIntosh Scottish            Scottish son of the leader or first
McKay Scottish            Scottish son of a champion
McKenzie Scottish            Scottish son of Coinneach
Meiklejohn Scottish            Scottish Large John
Mickle Scottish            Scottish Muckle, big
Miller Scottish            Scottish One who attends a grist-mill
Morrison Scottish            Scottish Son of Morris
Muir Scottish            Scottish moor or fen
Patterson Scottish            Scottish son of Patrick
Reid Scottish            Scottish person with red hair or a ruddy complexion
Ritchie Scottish            Scottish Richard
Robertson Scottish            Scottish son of Robert
Rose Scottish            Scottish a place with wild roses
Ross Scottish            Scottish A shire of Scotland
Russell Scottish            Scottish Red-haired
Sangster Scottish            Scottish singer
Shaw Scottish            Scottish lawn
Simpson Scottish            Scottish Son of Sim or Simon
Stevenson Scottish            Scottish Son of Steven
Sutherland Scottish            Scottish the former county in Scotland
Todd Scottish            Scottish fox
Watt Scottish            Scottish nickname for Walter
Wright Scottish            Scottish maker of machinery
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