Scottish Place Names
- Perth, Australia

The name Perth itself is of course Scottish. It was chosen in 1829 by the future Governor of the newly proclaimed colony of Western Australia, Captain James Stirling, who was a Scotsman. Of the names of the 361 suburbs located to date in the Perth-Rockingham-Mandurah Metropolitan area, 73 (20.2%) can be found in Scotland, or are based on Scottish family names or connected with Scotland in other ways. Of course, many of the names are used in other parts of the British Isles as well, but 36 of them (10.0%) are unique to Scotland or are readily identifiable with places in Scotland that are based on the same names.

The picture here of the Perth skyline and Swan River is via Wikimedia.

Official suburbs and other localities with names that occur only in Scotland and not elsewhere in the British Isles, and/or are definitely or most probably of Scottish origin are:

Some of the following suburbs and neighbourhoods might also have a direct or indirect Scottish connection, but these names are associated with other parts of the British Isles as well.

A final category of suburban names comprises places that can be found in Scotland or places based on Scottish family names but which, in Perth's case, definitely or most probably have no connection with Scotland.

Marmion has a "Scottish ring" about it as it is the title of one of the poems by Sir Walter Scott (That's his statue in Edinburgh in the picture on the right) but the Perth suburb was actually named for Peter Marmion who operated a whaling station in the area in 1849. Marmion is a family name of Norman origin (there is a place in Normandy called Fontenay-le-Marmion), resulting in Marmions in both England and Ireland. The name therefore appears to have no connection with Scotland beyond its use by Sir Walter Scott. Although not obvious from its name, Ellenbrook also has an indirect connection with Scotland. This suburb was named for Ellen Stirling, Governor James Stirling's English wife. The suburb of Guildford also owes its origin to Stirling's wife, who came from Surrey. Finally, the suburb of Success has a connection with Captain Stirling as it was the name of the ship, HMS Success, which he commanded when he explored the Swan River in 1827.


© Ian Kendall
Melbourne, Australia, May 2004
Latest Revision, January 2010

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