SCOTT Name Meaning & Origin

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


Famous People With the Surname SCOTT

  • Sir Walter Scott - Great Scottish patriot, writer, and poet
  • Ashley Scott - American actress
  • Seann William Scott - American actor
  • Charlotte Agnes Scott - pioneer in women's higher education

Genealogy Resources for the Surname SCOTT

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, 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 Society
This 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 Forum
Search 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 Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Scott surname and its variations.

SCOTT Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Scott surname.

Cousin Connect - SCOTT Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Scott, and sign up for free notification when new Scott queries are added. - SCOTT Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Scott.


  • 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.
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