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Scott Family History

Scott Name Meaning

English Scottish and Irish (Down): habitational and ethnic name from Middle English Scot ‘man from Scotland’. There is no evidence that the surname denoted either of the earlier senses of Scot as ‘(Gaelic-speaking) Irishman’ or ‘man from Alba’ the Gaelic-speaking region of Scotland north of the river Forth. This surname is also very common among African Americans. English and Scottish: from the rare Middle English personal name Scot (Old English Scott possibly also Old Norse Skotr) only certainly attested in northern England. English: variant of Scutt .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Slott, Escott, Shott, Schott, Cott, Scotto, Scutt, Scotch, Pott

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Where is the Scott family from?

You can see how Scott families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Scott family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Scott families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7,923 Scott families living in Yorkshire. This was about 15% of all the recorded Scott's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Scott families in 1891.
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What did your Scott ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Scott. 7% of Scott men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Scott women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Scott were Farmer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Scott. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scott census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 385,000 immigration records available for the last name Scott. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 490,000 military records available for the last name Scott. For the veterans among your Scott ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Scott lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Scott life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Scott in 1940 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

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