|Meaning:||someone from Scotland or having Scottish heritage|
|Related Names:||Scot, Scottie, Scotty, Scout, Sean, Skeet|
ORIGIN & HISTORY
Scot, or its variant spellings of Scott and Scotte, first appeared in Late Latin texts circa 400 C.E., probably from an ancient term coined by Britons or Gauls for a particular sect of Gaels, who lived in Ireland before relocating to present-day Scotland in the 6th century C.E. Linguistically, it doesn't appear to be Gaelic or a name the Gaels would have used for themselves and may have originated from a derogatory term used by their enemies. From the Latin, it came into Old English, where it was originally a surname denoting someone from or in Scotland, as in Sean the Scot, later becoming simply Sean Scott. Eventually, parents proud of their Scottish heritage began giving their sons the first name of Scott.
The name Scott has been quite popular among Scottish immigrants for centuries and can be readily found in English-speaking countries around the world. Scott has been as prevalent a first name in the United States as in Scotland and, since the beginning of the 21st century, has steadily grown in popularity in Ireland as well. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the name Scott had its highest popularity during the 1960s; slowly but steadily declining in popularity since then, it, nonetheless, remains a very popular name with a ranking of 253 out of the 1000 most popular names on Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States during 2006.
"Beam me up, Scotty" is a phrase associated with the cult classic Star Trek television show even though none of the show's characters ever actually uttered the line to engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in any of the show's episodes. Urban legend has a young man in trouble flipping open a wallet, reminiscent of Captain Kirk opening his communicator, and saying into it, "Beam me up, Scotty. There's no intelligent life here."
"Great Scott!" is a mild oath uttered in surprise and comes from the German minced oath said in place of "Great God!"
"Scot free" is an expression meaning to escape pursuers or avoid payment and originally meant to avoid paying taxes from the Old Norse skot (taxes) + freo (free). It dates back to at least 1598.
- Businesses include Scott Paper Company, Scotts (Lawn Care) Company, Scott USA, Scott Health & Safety, and the Scott Fly Rod Company.
- Places throughout the U.S. have been named for a Scott: Fort Scott, KS, Scott AFB, IL; Scott, AK, LA, NY, WI, OH; Scott City, KS, MO; Scott Township, MI, PA; Great Scott Township, MI; Scott County, MN, AK, TN; Scott Lake, FL; Scottville, MI, IL; and Scottsdale, AZ;
- Winfield Scott was a celebrated United States Army general and presidential candidate.
- Robert Scott was the leader of the losing team in the Race to the Pole.
- Sir Walter Scott was a popular novelist and poet, remembered most for Ivanhoe.
- Actors include Scott Baio, Scott Wolf, Scott Glenn, Scott Caan and Randolph Scott; authors F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scott Turow, Scott Berkun, and Scott Peck; musician Scott Joplin; and basketball player ScottiePippen.
Scott Smith, Scott Johnson, Scott Williams, Scott Jones, Scott Brown, Scott Davis, Scott Miller, Scott Wilson, Scott Moore, Scott Taylor, Scott Aab, Scott Aabel, Scott Aaberg, Scott Aabye, Scott Aadal, Scott Aadalen, Scott Aadland, Scott Aaenson, Scott Aafedt, Scott Aagard, Scott Aagre, Scott Aakre, Scott Aal, Scott Aalbers, Scott Aaldous, Scott Aalexander, Scott Aalfs, Scott Aalto, Scott Aamodt, Scott Aanenson, Scott Aanonson, Scott Aanthony, Scott Aardappel, Scott Aardema, Scott Aarestad, Scott Aaron, Scott Aarons, Scott Aaronsen, Scott Aaronson, Scott Aarouson, Scott Aarvig, Scott Aas, Scott Aase, Scott Aasen, Scott Aaseng, Scott Aaser, Scott Aasgaard, Scott Aasheim, Scott Ab, Scott Abad, More results
Author: Lynda Eggleston
|Meaning||someone from Scotland or having Scottish heritage +|
|Meaningnc||someone from scotland or having scottish heritage +|
|Rank in 2000s||210 +|
|Related||Scot +, Scottie +, Scotty +, Scout +, Sean +, and Skeet +|