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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Scout
A swift sailing boat.

Etymology: Icel. skūta a small craft or cutter

noun Scout
A projecting rock.

Etymology: Icel. skūta to jut out. Cf. Scout to reject

verb Scout
To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.

Etymology: Icel. skūta a taunt; cf. Icel. skūta to jut out, skota to shove, skjōta to shoot, to shove. See Shoot

noun Scout
  1. A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information of the movements and condition of an enemy." Scouts each coast light-armèd scour, Each quarter, to descry the distant foe." [Milton.]
  2. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.(Cant)
  3. [Cricket] A fielder in a game for practice.
  4. The act of scouting or reconnoitering.(Colloq)"While the rat is on the scout." [Cowper.]
  5. A boy scout or girl scout (which see, above).
    synonyms: Scout Spy.

Usage: In a military sense a scout is a soldier who does duty in his proper uniform, however hazardous his adventure. A spy is one who in disguise penetrates the enemies' lines, or lurks near them, to obtain information.

Etymology: OF. escoute scout, spy, fr. escouter escolter, to listen, to hear, F. écouter, fr. L. auscultare, to hear with attention, to listen to. See Auscultation

verb Scout
  1. To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout; to follow for the purpose of observation, as a scout."Take more men, And scout him round." [Beau. & Fl.]
  2. To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
verb Scout
To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
  2. Someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
  3. Someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
  4. A Boy Scout or Girl Scout
  5. Explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
  1. A nickname, used for both genders.
  2. A member of any of various scouting organizations.
  3. A member of one of several army units, such as the Selous Scouts or the Arunachal Scouts.

Notable Persons Named Scout

Scout Taylor-Compton is an actress, musician, singer-song writer, and actor. She was most prominent from 1998 to present. Scout was given the name Desariee Starr Compton on February 21st, 1989 in Long Beach, California, U.S. Scout is also known as Desiree Compton, Scout Compton, Scoutie, Queen Scout, and That Chick Who Slays.


Scout Niblett is an indie rock, alternative rock, blues rock, and folk rock musician. She plays Fender Mustang. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Scout was given the name Emma Louise Niblett on September 29th, 1973 in Stone, Staffordshire.



Scout Monteith is a sports team member for the Charlotte Eagles.


Scout Stuart is a film director and screenwriter. They were most active from 2014 to present. Scout was born on June 1st, 1988.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Scout


How popular is the baby name Scout in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1992 21 12 9
1993 26 16 10
1994 50 31 19
1995 66 44 22
1996 67 38 29
1997 65 40 25
1998 77 50 27
1999 75 45 30
2000 71 43 28
2001 86 45 41
2002 111 65 46
2003 113 70 43
2004 128 85 43
2005 124 84 40
2006 137 101 36
2007 153 108 45
2008 163 105 58
2009 161 105 56
2010 208 148 60
2011 237 185 52
2012 210 141 69
2013 235 169 66
2014 265 209 56
2015 302 235 67
2016 316 233 83
2017 326 251 75

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Popularity of Scout as a first name

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Popularity of Scout as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Scout U.S.
  White 74.40% 64.26%
  African American 12.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 9.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Scout

People with the last name Scout are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Scout

  • How Popular is the name Scout? Scout is the 4,503rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Scout was the 134,712th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Scout have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,793 babies born with the first name Scout in the United States. That's more than enough people named Scout to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Scout? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1992 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Scout first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Scout is Friday, February 23rd, 1917.
  • What year had the most people named Scout born? The highest recorded use of the first name Scout was in 2017 with a total of 251 babies.
  • Random Scout Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Scout is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 12 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Scout: Your name in reverse order is Tuocs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sucot. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Scout? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 125 people with the last name Scout.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Scout? Scout is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.