Show ContentsScot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Scot 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.

Early Origins of the Scot family

The surname Scot was 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.

Early History of the Scot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scot research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1341, 1346, 1350, 1423, 1460, 1461, 1471, 1485, 1512, 1541, 1554, 1639, 1645, 1649, 1660, 1685, 1695, 1745, 1787, 1808 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Scot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Scot Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Scot family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was

  • Sir William Scott (d. c. 1350), English lawyer, and Chief Justice of the King's Bench (1341-1346)
  • Sir John Scott (c. 1423-1485), English nobleman of Scott's Hall, who was Sheriff of Kent (1460-), Comptroller of the household of King Edward IV of England (1461-), Chamberlain to Edward, Prince of Wa...
  • Thomas Scot (died 1660), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1660, executed as one of the regicides of King Charles
  • James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, 1st Duke of Buccleuch, KG, PC (1649-1685), an English nobleman
  • andJohn Scott (1639-1695), an English clergyman of Chippenham, Wiltshire

Ireland Migration of the Scot family to Ireland

Some of the Scot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Scot migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Scot, who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • Jon Scot, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Kath Scot, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • William Scot, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Richard Scot, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Scot Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Scot, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [1]

Canada Scot migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scot Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Scot, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Scot Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Scot, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • John Scot, aged 44, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816

West Indies Scot migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Scot Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Scot, who settled in Barbados in 1667

Contemporary Notables of the name Scot (post 1700) +

  • David Scot (1770-1834), Scottish Orientalist and miscellaneous writer, born at Penicuik, near Edinburgh, son of William Scot, a small farmer, who is said to have sold his cow to pay the expense of printing a theological pamphlet
  • Jock Scot (1952-2016), born John Graham Manson Leslie, a Scottish performance poet
  • Marshall Scot Allman (b. 1984), American actor
  • Randy Scot Wittman (b. 1959), American professional basketball player and coach
  • Stephen Scot Oswald (b. 1951), former NASA astronaut with 3 shuttle missions and over 33 days in space [3]
  • Scot Palmer (1937-2022), Australian sports journalist
  • Scot Boutier, American actor, known for The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992)
  • Scot Mendelson (b. 1969), American five-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist powerlifter
  • Scot McFadyen, Canadian film director, producer and music supervisor
  • Scot Eugene Brantley (b. 1958), American radio and television sports broadcaster

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Stephen Oswald. Retrieved from on Facebook