(m) ‘Ninian is now almost entirely Scottish’ says
The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Be that as it
may, not a single boy born in Scotland in 1958 received the name,
nor did it make an appearance
in a count of Scottish names made in 1975.
Black (Surnames of Scotland) tells us that Ninian became
Ringan in vernacular Scots, and as such ‘was a common
forename in the 16th century and later.’
form of the name has also fallen out of use. St Ninian, whose
name appeared in early sources as Nynia, Ninnidh as well as Ninian,
was a missionary who exercised considerable influence amongst
the Celts in the fifth century.
To Scottish Christian Names