Naming the new
a ’cur ainmean air an fheadhainn ùra
As part of the project, a selection of animal and plant species have been chosen which now occur in Scotland but do not yet have established, Gaelic names. In consultation with a panel of advisors, a table of alternative names will be compiled for each species using the scientific, Irish and English translations of the name as well as options which reflect the place of the animal in Scotland's ecology - and how they interact with human activity in the environment. A process of further consultation with stakeholders and Gaelic language groups will result in the final choice of one name for each species.
The database of names will be presented to institutions and reference collections to be incorporated into their archives.
Draft Names And Derivations
Gender of name is denoted by (b) feminine and (f) masculine. In Gaelic, this has an important influence on the spelling of the word depending on context. Derivation is from English (Eng.), Irish (Ir.), Scientific name (Lat.), Scots Gaelic (Gael.), a form across many languages (many), or from an ecological or ethnological characteristic (eco.)
Cam-ghob Albannach (b) From Eng. (inc. Cam-ghob, the Gael. for Common Crossbill) Cam-ghob na h-Alba As above but the sense of "the Crossbill of Scotland"
Cam-ghob Piorraide (b) From Eng. (using Gael. for Parrot and Crossbill)
Lach-Mhandrach (b) From Ir. reflecting Eng. and many. "Duck" and "Mandarin"
Lach-dhìleas From eco. "faithfull duck"
Lach-orains From eco. "orange duck"
Lach-curraic (Lat.) hooded/cowled
Creamh Thrì-cheàrnach (f) From Lat. and Eng. with Gael. "creamh" for garlic
Creamhan Thrì-cheàrnach As above, but Gael. "creamhan" for garlic or leek
Iberian Three-banded Slug
Seilcheag Trì-bannan Ibèireach (b) From Eng. with Gael. "bannan" for bands
Seilcheag Trì-stiallan Ibèireach From Eng. with Gael "stiallan" for stripes
Seilcheag Spàinnteach From Lat and alternate Eng. name "Spanish Slug"
Seilcheag Taigh-glainne From eco. and alternate Eng. name "Glasshouse Slug"
An Stiallach Geal (f) From Eng. "The white stripe/streak". An Stiallach in use with other hairstreak butterflies Adharcan Stiallaich Gil From Lat. using Gael "adharcan", any small, horned creature
Cuilcear staiseach (f) From eco. "reedling" and "moustache"
Cailleachag fheusagach (b) From Eng. and Ir. using Gael. "cailleachag" for "titmouse"
Clagan nan cuilc (f) From eco. "little bell of the reeds"
Earball fada nan cuilc (f) From Lat. "long tail of the reeds"