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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Scott family come from? What is the English Scott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scott family history?

The surname Scott is derived from the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Boernicians, along with the Strathclyde Britons, were one of the ancient tribes of the Scottish/English Borderlands. These tribes were made up of the clans from which so many Scottish names are derived. The surname denotes one who came from Scotland, as in 'the Scot.' The double 't' in Scott is now the most common rendition of this name. The Scotts lived in Roxburgh (now part of the region of Borders), Scotland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Scott, Scot and others.

First found in Kent, where a family of Scott have been found in Brabourne since the 14th century. Traditionally, they claim descent from Alexander, a younger brother of John de Baliol, king of Scotland, who had settled at Chilham Castle, county Kent.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scott research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1460, 1461, 1512, 1554, 1541, 1745, 1787, 1808, 1350, 1341, 1346, 1423, 1485, 1460, 1461, 1471, 1485, 1471, 1485, 1660, 1645, 1660, 1649, 1685, 1639, 1695 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Scott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 237 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Scott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scott Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Apphia Scott, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Goodwife Scott arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Dan Scott, who landed in Virginia in 1633
  • Elizabeth Scott, aged 9, arrived in New England in 1634
  • Abigail Scott, aged 7, arrived in New England in 1634


Scott Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Edwd Scott, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Anne Scott, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Richd Scott, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Edward Scott, who landed in Annapolis, Maryland in 1716
  • Janet Scott, who landed in New England in 1724


Scott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hector Scott, aged 34, landed in New York in 1800
  • Joicy Scott, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1800
  • Hugh Scott, who landed in America in 1801
  • Benjamin Scott, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Archd Scott, aged 26, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804


Scott Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Harry Scott, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900
  • Jewett McLellan Scott, aged 35, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1905
  • Doddridge Malven Scott, who landed in Alabama in 1915
  • Lemuel Alton Scott, who landed in Alabama in 1917
  • Varian Cuthbert Scott, who landed in Alabama in 1918


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  • George Campbell Scott (1927-1999), American stage and film actor, director and producer
  • James C Scott (b. 1936), Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University
  • Colonel (USAF, Ret.) David Randolph Scott (b. 1932), former NASA astronaut, commander of Apollo 15, the fourth manned lunar landing
  • Randolph Scott (1898-1987), American motion picture actor
  • Rear Admiral Norman Scott (1889-1942), American Navy Officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942
  • Machinist's Mate First Class Robert R Scott (1915-1941), American sailor awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941
  • Colonel Robert Sheldon Scott (1913-1999), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Ralph James Scott (1905-1983), American politician, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (1957-1967)
  • Captain (USN, Ret.) Winston Elliott Scott (b. 1950), former NASA astronaut with over 24 days in space
  • Dana Stewart Scott (b. 1932), American retired Professor of Computer Science, Philosophy, and Mathematical Logic awarded the 1995 Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy

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  • Fullers, Sissons, and Scotts, our Yeoman Ancestors: 46 New England and New York Families by Carol Clark Johnson.
  • Hand, Sisson, and Scott: More Yeoman Ancestors by Carol Clark Johnson.
  • John Scott, 1761-1843: an American Revolutionary Veteran by Kenneth R. Scott.
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The Scott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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