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Origins of the Scott surname

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What does the name Scott mean?

The Scott surname is believed to be Scottish, where it is still one of the most common surnames. Scott is thought to have most often been given to those who hail from Scotland. More rarely the surname Scott can come from the Old French description of a scout or spy.

Alternative variations of the name Scott

Scott, Scot, Scott, Scotts, Skott

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Where do most Scotts live?

In 1921, most Scotts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Scotts

How common is your surname?

34th most common surname in the UK

We have 696,000 records for the Scott surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Scotts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Scott first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Scott family members

Common jobs for Scotts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Scotts in 1921


Domestic Servant




Living On Own Means


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Scotts in 1921
Coal Miner




Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




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