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National Scott Day – March 5, 2023

National Scott Day takes place on March 5. Scott is, appropriately, a Scottish name for a man that means “from Scotland,” and is given to both boys and girls. This name honors heritage, even if it is a bit of a “from the outside looking in” way of designating a person of that nation. This name, which means “from Scotland” or “a Scotsman,” will always take you back to your country. Scott has the following meaning in English baby names: the last name of a Gael from Scotland. In 1965, the designation was a stylish, windswept, surfer-girl magnet; today, it’s a loving dad — or even a grandfather.

History of National Scott Day

Scott is an ethnic or geographical name for a Scotsman or a Gaelic speaker, originating from the Old English Scotti, which was originally a generic term given to Gaelic raiders from Ireland by the Romans. The last name Scott was first recorded in Roxburghshire, where a family seat was held on the estates of Ballendan, near the mouth of the River Ale. They were derived from Uchtredus Scott, who possessed the estates before 1107 A.D. and was a witness to Selkirk’s founding charter in 1120. Henricus le Scotte, who witnessed a charter by David Earl of Strathearn in 1195, is another early record. By 1200, the clans of West Teviotdale, Ewesdale, Liddesdale, Buccleuch, and Balweariel had taken control of the Middle Marches of West Teviotdale, Ewesdale, Liddesdale, Buccleuch, and Balweariel.

Scott is one of Scotland’s 12 most prevalent last names. Clan Scott was one of the most powerful riding clans on the Scottish borderlands, rising to dominance in a tumultuous, often violent environment, where they engaged in intense raids and fights with other clans.

By the 14th century, the last name had arrived in Kent, England, with the Scot’s Hall family being a famous example. Descent is supposed to stem from the brothers of John de Balliol, King of Scotland, Alexander de Balliol, or William de Balliol le Scot, or from retainers of King David I of Scotland, who held estates from the Earl of Huntingdon. The name was first mentioned as a last name in Ireland in the 17th century. Despite the Romans’ usage of the last name as an identifier for a Gael, there is no evidence that it originated with the earliest Gaelic settlers from Ireland.

National Scott Day timeline

1967
The First National Bass Tournament Trail Creator

Ray Scott is an American outdoorsman who establishes the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and pioneers the first national bass tournament circuit (the Bassmaster Tournament Trail).

1971
Breaking Flight Records

Sheila Christine Scott O.B.E. is an English aviatrix who sets more than 100 aviation records with her long-distance flights, including a 34,000-mile "world and a half" voyage.

2018
A Member of Royal Victorian Order

Mr. William Edward Scott M.V.O., Scottish Head of Fire and Security at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is named a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

2020
An Olympic Medallist Winner

Duncan William MacNaughton Scott is a Scottish swimmer who competes for Great Britain in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and wins four medals.

National Scott Day FAQs

What is the crest of the Scott family?

Clan Scott is a Scottish clan, and the Lord Lyon King of Arms recognizes it as such. The clan’s ancestral home was in the Scottish Borders. A Bellendaine was a stag trippant, surrounded by a leather strap embroidered with the chief’s motto ‘Amo,’ which means “I Love.”

When did Scott begin to be used as a first name?

The name was originally given to 60 newborn newborns in 1880. It rose to #99 on the national popularity list in 1949 and was registered 3,051 times as a baby boy’s name.

What kind of expression does it mean to be called Great Scott?

“Great Scott!” is a surprise, disbelief, or dismay interjection. It’s a unique, yet unoffensive exclamation that was popular in the second part of the 19th century and the early 20th century, but is now regarded as antiquated.

National Scott Day Activities

  1. Organize a costume party

    Throw a costume party and urge your guests to dress up as a famous person who may have been aware of the significance of their own name and chosen a stage name. Alternatively, you and your pals might dress up like someone you'd like to be.

  2. Reflect on who you are

    Self-reflection involves looking in the mirror and reporting what you see. It's a method of evaluating yourself by knowing what your name is, and by that, you will know your habits.

  3. Study the history of your first or last name

    Onomastics is the study of names, which encompasses linguistics, history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philology, and other disciplines. When people talk about the "meaning of a name," they're usually talking about the etymology, which is the literal meaning of the name.

5 Surprising Facts About The Origin Of Scott

  1. Migration to the United States

    When these Boernician-Scottish settlers came to North America, they took nothing with them and frequently had to start over.

  2. The highest population at that time

    In 1840, New York had the greatest number of Scott families.

  3. Three million entries

    There are three million entries for the last name, Scott.

  4. A common last name

    Scott is, as one might expect, a rather common last name in Scotland, ranking as the 10th-most common last name.

  5. The top reported jobs

    Laborers and maids were the most common employment for men and women called Scott in the United States in 1940.

Why We Love National Scott Day

  1. Our names are significant

    The discovery of our name's significance is a life-changing experience. Whether it's the meaning of what your parents want you to become or understanding a little bit about yourself, it can change your life.

  2. The willingness to be yourself

    It entails searching within. It entails confronting your worries and uncertainties head-on.

  3. A way of recognizing yourself

    We feel appreciated and valuable when someone recalls our name after meeting us. It has a positive and long-term effect on us.

National Scott Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 5Sunday
2024March 5Tuesday
2025March 5Wednesday
2026March 5Thursday
2027March 5Friday

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