How Highland Cattle are named

Many breeders of Highland Cattle start up with a number of cows, which may, in all likelihood, have been acquired from different breeders. Breeding Highlanders begins and heifer calves are born and need to be named. A common way to name these heifers is to use the name of the dam to preserve the identity of the female line.

For example, Anabladh of Alpha is bred in the Killochries fold and so the heifer calf would be named Anabladh of Killochries. If the next year the foundation cow has another heifer calf then this calf would be named Anabladh 2nd of Killochries.

The highland Cattle Society are always keen to encourage the use of Gaelic names, which is a tradition that is kept up here at Killochries. Below is a list of Gaelic names and translations.

Male Name Translations

Female Name Translations

Gaelic
English
Gaelic
English
Agarach Pretender A Bhuidhe Aillidh Yellow Beauty
Gilleasbuig Archie Laochag Little Heroine
Am Fleasgach The Youth Airleagach Fancy
Gile Nan Gleann Lad of the Glen Maighdean Maiden
Am Prionnsa The Prince Annag Ruadh Red Anna
Graidhein Lover Mairi Mary
An Curaidh The Hero An Spideag Slender Female
Greumach Graham Muirneag Darling Girl
An Gaidheal Boidheach The Bonny Gael An Uiseag The Skylark
Grinneach Stripling Neoinean Daisy
Guag Giddy Fellow Barabhalla Parapet
An Serjen The Sergeant Neonag Daisy
Guaillean Cinder or Shoulders Banarach Milkmaid
An-T-Iasgair The Fisherman Nighean Damsel
Gusgurlach Keen One Cadrann Rowan Berrry
An-T-Oganach The Manservant Nigheanag Little Girl
Gruaghach Long Haired One Caileag Girl
An-T-Oighre The Heir Niseag Little Ness
Iain John Caitin Willow Blossom
Aodhair Shepherd Ostag Hostess
Iasgair Fisherman Canach Mountain Down
Aonghas Angus Peigi Peggy
Lasgaire Champion Casair Sea Drift
Armunn Warrior Proiseag Proud Little
Laochan Little Hero Casan Feet
Balach Cuiumir Neat Boy Raineach Fern
Muiller Miller Chaisfhionn White Feet
Bhaltair Walter Rainaild Rachel
Pronnsa Prince Ceit Kate
Bodach Old Man Ribhunn Maiden
Ruairidh Rory Cluasag Pillow
Bratach Banner Robag Slut
Saighdear Soldier Corichean Corries
Brogach Sturdy Boy Sileas Cicely
Seamus James Craobhag Small Tree
Cabhlaiche Admiral Sineag Little Jean
Stiubhart Stuart/Stewart Cruinneag Neat, Tidy Girl
Cailean Colin Sobhrach Primrose
Tearlach Charles Diorbhail Dorothy
Caisean Dewlap Soire Bheag Little Vessel
Tormad Norman Eilid Hind
Calum Malcolm Sonasag Little Happy Female
Uachdaran Laird Eiteag Fair Maid
Capladh Commander-in-Chief Speachag Venomous Little Creature
Uilleam William Faoilte Delight
Cathach Fighter Fearghachd Anger
Uisteach Native of Uist Stuamaig Modest Female
Ceann-Tighe Head of House Fearna Alder
Ceannard chief Suairceag Gentle One
Ceard Tinker Feorag Squirrel
Ceatharnach Hero Te Riabhach Brindled Female
Companach Companion Fiochag Little Angry One
Coinneach Kennteth Fosadh Steadiness
Coirneal Colonel Fraoch Heather
Cuairtear Tourist Gruagach Longhaired Girl
Cubhaidh Fit Honour Ial Gleam of Sunshine
Cuileadair Flatterer Ialach Shining Fur
Daibhidh David Ialuinn Honeysuckle
Dealasach Zealous Ardour Lear-Ghaoth Sea Wind
Domhmull Donald
Dubhlanaiche Challenger
Eilthireach Pilgrim
Fear-a-Ghlinne Man of the Glen
Fear Baidhel Kind One
Fear Bratach Bannerman
Fearchar Farquhar
Fear Siridh Searcher
Fial Bounty
Fionnladh Findlay
Fiuran Sapling
Flath Prince
Fleasgach Youth
Fudaidh Worthless Fellow
Gaisgeach Hero


For more information on naming your cattle please visit the Highland Cattle Society website.

 

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