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Origin: Latin, Old Celtic

Meaning: an English masculine name derived from a Scottish surname referring to someone who came from Scotland or has a Scottish background, possibly derived from Latin scoti meaning "Gaelic speaker" or "Gael". It was originally used to refer to Irishmen before.

I've also seen it listed as possibly being related to Old Celtic skfto meaning "shadow", perhaps a reference to the way Irish mercenaries conducted their raids againt Roman British soldiers (according to K.M Sheard's Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names)

Nicknames: Scotty, Scottie, Scotti

  • Scot
  • Scotia (Latin, and could be used for either gender)
  • Skott (English)