Scott - Meaning of Scott
[ 1 syll. (s)cot(t), sc-o-tt ] The baby boy name Scott is pronounced as SKaaT †. Scott is largely used in English and Scottish, and its origin is Celtic and Old English. From Celtic roots, its meaning is Scotsman, Scottish. The name has in the past been given as a byname to someone from Scotland; this custom pre-dated the Norman Conquest. Within Scotland itself, the nickname was applied to Gaelic-speaking persons from Ireland. Although the name has since been used by the general English speaker, parents aware of their Scottish heritage have sometimes bestowed the name on their children. Modern use of the name usually represents a transferred use of the surname.
The name increased in popularity from the mid 20th century, possibly promoted by the fame of the American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century; he was named after his relative Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), who wrote the words to the US national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. The name is also famous from the cult US television series Star Trek, in which there is a key character named Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott who speaks with a Scottish accent.
Scott is a variant transcription of the name Prescott (English).
Scottas, Scottea, Scottee, Scottey, Scotti (English), Scotto, Skot, and Skott are variant transcriptions of Scott. The diminutive forms Scottie (English and Scottish) and Scotty (English and Scottish), and the spelling variant Scot (English and Scottish) are other forms of the name.
Scott is a classic favorite. Currently it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1969, 1.567% of baby boys were named Scott. It ranked at #12 then. The baby name has since suffered a steep fall in popularity, and it is used on a very modest scale in recent times. In 2012, its usage was only 0.038% and its ranking #386, but it was nevertheless the most frequently used out of all boy names in its group. Although there were times from 1971 to 1971 that Scott was more popular with girls, today it is used more commonly as a baby boy name. In 1969, the name Scott was given to 227 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Scott: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Scott:
Actor Scott Baio, born Scott James Vincent Baio, 22 September 1961, New York, New York.
Actor Scott Bakula, born 9 October 1954, St. Louis, Missouri.
Actor Taye Diggs, born Scott Diggs, 2 January 1972.