[ 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 Old English and Celtic. 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).
Scott is a classic favorite. Currently it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was before. The name's popularity grew from the 1930s up to the 1970s. At the peak of its usage in 1971, 1.701% of baby boys were named Scott. It ranked at #10 then. The baby name has since suffered a steep fall in popularity. In 2016, its usage was only 0.033% and its ranking #465, but it was nevertheless the most frequently used out of all boy names in its group. The name Scott has been mostly given to baby boys, though it has also been used as a girl name in the past century. In 1971, 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.