Scotch gets misused and I don't want to join those ranks if it's incorrect. Celtic seems to cover a wider area. Pictish seems to be specific to the Northeast. Gaelic I always assume to be Irish.

All of them seem to have pros and cons but I'm not sure any of them are correct.



Edit: This is for the next census form. Instead of the regular "British" under nationality, I want to put Scottish-European, or the equivelent.

  • Hint: "Anglo" comes from Angli, the Latin name for the inhabitants there. So what was the Latin name for the Scots?
    – GEdgar
    May 2, 2021 at 12:16
  • Do you think the French or Germans add a -European or the equivalent? May 2, 2021 at 14:23

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You need to explain why in particular you need this. One answer would be to place the 'Scottish' in second place (Franco-Scottish). Another is to use a hyphen. For example, the Northern Irish descended from Scots who immigrated into Ireland in the 18th century are known as Scots-Irish. Don't use 'Scotch', unless you are talking about whisky, a boiled egg fried in minced beef and egg crumbs or 'butter scotch'. the sweetie. Many Scottish people find it offensive.

  • What about the adhesive tape? Or broth, pancakes, and certain hot peppers? Also, 'butterscotch' is one word. May 2, 2021 at 10:12
  • Or typeface genres.
    – Andrew Leach
    May 2, 2021 at 10:20
  • It's for the next census - I want to put my nationality as Scottish-European but want to get the terminology correct. I've clarified the question.
    – Mike
    May 2, 2021 at 10:36
  • I like Scots. Even I found Trump's misuse of "Scotch" offensive. My father was Scottish and I spent 25 years living in the US. Since returning and post-Brexit, I find myself identifying as more and more Scottish.
    – Mike
    May 2, 2021 at 10:46
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    @Mike That sounds fine. Personally I like the sound of 'Scots-European' better. You will be aware that you count as Scottish as a civic (voting) member of the Kingdom of Scotland. Your European identity more of a personal matter (unless/until certain other things happen). But Britain is and always has been a European country, much as some may ignore or deny the geographic fact. I consider myself to be European now and always have, before Britain joined. I am also English, though that is not my nationality.
    – Tuffy
    May 2, 2021 at 11:10

By analogy from Latin Hibernia giving Hiberno- for Irish, perhaps Caledonia could give Caledono- (so Caledono-French or Caledono-European)? This doesn't seem to be attested that I've been able to find though, but I'd expect it to be fairly well understood after a moment's thought at least in Scotland and probably in most of the UK.

Alternatively given Scotia is also ultimately Latin, Scoto- would probably also fit the bill here, at risk of not sounding quite as poetic (and possibly being read as a typo for Scots-).

  • Please realise that ELU deals solely with attested usages. May 2, 2021 at 14:21
  • Ah, Caledonian was the word I couldn't put my finger on but I think, for clarity, I'll use Scots.
    – Mike
    May 2, 2021 at 16:58
  • Provisional +1...interesting, but please provide some citations and sources. May 2, 2021 at 21:00

I think Albano- will do. Check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alba for more info.

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    Some have also used Scoto- see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoto-Norman May 2, 2021 at 9:40
  • I think, even if it's grammatically correct, that might give the impression that I'm from Albania! I had enough of dealing with immigration in the US to give them even a hint of that!
    – Mike
    May 2, 2021 at 10:39
  • Please realise that ELU deals solely with attested usages. May 2, 2021 at 14:21
  • That's fine, Edwin. I found while writing a novel just how limited the regimented English language is and the different techniques to add subtlety to meanings.
    – Mike
    May 2, 2021 at 17:00

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