Humanities › History & Culture SCOTT Name Meaning & Origin Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated August 19, 2019 Scott is an ethnic or geographical name signifying a native from Scotland or a person who spoke Gaelic, derived from the Old English scotti, originally a generic name given by the Romans to Gaelic raiders from Ireland. Scott is the 36th most popular surname in the United States and the 42nd most common surname in England. Scott is a very common surname in Scotland, as you might expect - coming in as the 10th most popular. Surname Origin English, Scottish Alternate Surname Spellings SCOT, SCOTTE, SCOTTEN, SCHOTT, SCOTH, SCUTT, SCOTUS Famous People With the Surname SCOTT Sir Walter Scott - Great Scottish patriot, writer, and poetAshley Scott - American actressSeann William Scott - American actorCharlotte Agnes Scott - pioneer in women's higher education Genealogy Resources for the Surname SCOTT 100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? Clan Scott SocietyThis site provides information about the Clan Scott Society, benefits of membership, activities sponsored by the Society, the heritage of the Scott surname, and general and Scott specific genealogy information. Scott Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Scott surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Scott query. There is also a separate forum for the SCOT variation of the Scott surname. FamilySearch - SCOTT GenealogyFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Scott surname and its variations. SCOTT Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Scott surname. Cousin Connect - SCOTT Genealogy QueriesRead or post genealogy queries for the surname Scott, and sign up for free notification when new Scott queries are added. DistantCousin.com - SCOTT Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Scott. References: Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.