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Bruce Willis's 2nd daughter is named Scout.
Groovey943  7/28/2005
Scout is a cute name for a girl, but I don't see why it couldn't be for a boy too.
visitor27  4/8/2006
I knew a boy whose surname was Scout. If it's a surname, it can be a boy's name.
Mithos514  5/26/2006
I think this is such an awesome name! It's cute, short, not too popular and to me it sounds really energetic, not like any lady-like name. I also love the character Scout in Harper Lee's book. What a beautiful name!
swisssugar  5/29/2006
We just had our first daughter, after two sons. When I was pregnant I read To kill a Mockingbird and I knew right away that Scout was going to be the name for our daughter. And now she is here, Scout!
saradrougge  6/15/2006
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout was only the character's nickname. Her real name was Jean Louise.
stillbreathingxx  9/28/2006
This is a cute name. It isn't my favorite, but I still find it unique, but not too far out there.
Emma McHnery  11/24/2006
I like this name, but I'm not sure if it is better for a girl or a boy.
Emma McHnery  11/30/2006
I'm not sure why I like this name, but I do. It doesn't seem very much like something to name a girl, but for some reason I really like it! Not for a boy though.
flipflop1215  1/24/2007
Scout works fine as a nickname but does not sound right for a first name, especially for a girl. I suppose it would be better suited for a boy if it must be used on a child.
Missy  1/26/2007
I love this name! It's so cute!
elysa  3/14/2007
This is one of the most hideous, poor, vulgar names I've ever heard. In my opinion, this name has no positive qualities and makes a disgusting name for both boys and girls. Sorry if I've offended anyone, but I have to speak my mind.
Ouaie  6/11/2007
When I named my daughter Scout I had mixed reactions all around me. People either flat out hated it, or they loved it. Scout is a strong name that stands out.
LaVenna  7/28/2007
It's just not an appealing name to me. I don't hate it, but I don't like it either.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2007
I hate this name with a flaming passion. What sort of an idiot would actually name their child this? It's okay as a nickname for a little kid, but it's an utterly infantile official name for anyone, even for a child. This sounds like the name of a very obedient, reliable dog, not a person. The name isn't feminine-sounding despite girl scouts, and it doesn't sound very pleasant anyway. The name has no dignity, no maturity, and no class, even if there's nothing wrong with scouts per se. This sounds like a trailer park name, even as a nickname.
slight night shiver  5/5/2008
I love the book and movie To Kill a Mockingbird. I'd love to use Scout (Atticus, and Harper) someday. I think they would make a great sibling set.
tigerlilly  7/22/2008
This name is simple, sweet and strong. It's a perfect name for a precocious little girl!
lindy  8/27/2008
Scout is not a legal name. It's a NICKNAME. It's like legally naming your child Bubba or Junior. If you like it that much, then give your daughter a real name and then call her Scout as a nickname.
bananarama  9/28/2008
I think this is a very cute name for like a pet or a character. As for a person, this sounds more like a nickname, but hey that's whatever you want to name your kid. I have no objections to it. It's a very cute name.
_0TophasNails_1  1/26/2009
I have a friend named Scout. It fits her just right. I like it more as a real name rather than a nickname.
Tsuki  2/7/2009
I love Scout, as a nickname and a legit name. Scout's real name in To Kill A Mockingbird is Jean Louise, so I think I would only ever use it as a nickname. Scout's adorable, sweet, and youthful, yet strong. It's not old-fashioned or overused at all.

I don't like the amount of criticism this name gets, but I recognise that Scout is a "love it or hate it" name, and personally, I love it. It's a beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2009
My parents were going to name me Scout. Which is pretty cool, it's such a great name and it would've totally fit me. Plus, I would never meet another girl with my name. But no they named me Madison. I've met, like, a million Madisons. But never a Scout.
MtotheK  10/25/2009
Sooooo stupid! This name is given to girls by snobby Bobo (Bourgeois Bohemian) parents who fancy themselves literary and want to advertise their superiority by hanging this dumb name on their kids. It's a nickname! Even in the book, Scout was a nickname for a young tomboyish character. Do they think Scout Finch would have grown up and kept using this stupid nickname in her adult life? Of course not. Parents who choose this name are only one step up from white trash who name their girls Crystal or Jayden.
johann14  3/30/2010
Come on guys. Scout from Team Fortress 2. It's all I can think of.

Umihana  6/18/2010
Say goodbye to your kneecaps, chucklehead! BONK!
― Anonymous User  7/20/2010
― Anonymous User  8/4/2010
I did like Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, but I don't like this as a name. It sounds tacky and ridiculous. Plus Scout is the character's NICKNAME, not her real name - she's actually named Jean. Why not name your daughter that instead?
Bonquiqui  7/15/2012
A famous bearer is American actress Scout Taylor-Compton.
delace  10/30/2012
I think Scout is an adorable name for a dog. For a human, not so much. Not as a legal name, anyway. I think Scout Finch's legal name, Jean Louise, is lovely.
mrose19  6/27/2013
I'm 9 years old and my name's Scout and I think it suits me perfectly because I am adventurous, loyal and I love to try new things. My Mum says I can change my name if I want when I am 18 but I don't think I want to thank you very much.
scout101  6/30/2013
Terrible name! Boo! So dumb.
blaaarg  9/24/2013
This is my 12 year old daughter's name! I love it still :)
Her full name is Scout Heather, and it's boldness and strength fits her beautifully.

However, a lot of friends tell me that, being a thin, willowy, delicate looking blonde ballerina, she really looks like she should be called something more 'pretty' and 'frilly', like Arabella or Isadora or Cassandra. But she likes it, and I get no end of compliments :)
― Anonymous User  2/18/2014
This is a really cool name! It makes me imagine a happy, fun to hang around with, adventurous good-hearted girl who's down to earth and honest towards people.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2014
The name "Scout" means "to listen" and as an Eagle Scout, Ranger, student who had to read "To Kill a Mockingbird," and student of Native American history and methods "Scout" means and brings to mind many different and intersecting ideas.

That said I love the name Scout and think it would be great for a boy or a girl. It suggests independence and strength in mind, body and character. However, it also has undertones that range from that of a wise youth that sees beyond or a secretive and mischievous young person. For this reason I'm not sure I'd bestow it on a certain type of immature child and it's not a great name for an adult as it doesn't really have that maturity or formal heft that garners respect from other adults. As a job title that's another story but even that job comes with an age limit and beyond middle age the Scout should have probably earned another title--even in old cultures.

For that reason I may give a child a middle name or nickname of Scout so it can be applied at appropriate times, ages and stages. The full name may be more formal so the child can go by something else as (s)he ages.
fareway  10/10/2014
Scout is of Old French origin, and means "to listen". It is also an occupation and is defined as: someone who gathers information quietly. [noted -ed]
fareway  10/10/2014
I love To Kill A Mockingbird, and I understand why people would want to name their children after its protagonist (especially when her real name, Jean Louise, is so ugly and dated). However, as a given name, this is ridiculous. It's a dog name or a nickname, not an official "Birth Certificate" name.
kvpp88  10/22/2014
I love this name. If I were to ever have a baby girl, we would name her Scout. It's different without being weird, it's strong while still remaining feminine. And I'm a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Sowhatsinaname  1/5/2015
My wife has always loved the name for as long as I can remember. She talked me into naming our last child Scout regardless of whether it was a girl or boy. I was a little hesitant at first when we found out it was a boy. He just turned 18 and graduated high school a couple of weeks ago. The name really fits his personality and I'm glad we didn't change our minds.
Preston6484  5/31/2015
As a fifteen year old with the name Scout I have first hand experience with people's reactions to my name: 'you either love it or you hate it'.
I find most reactions to my name positive, intrigued and a little amused (and amusing on my par when people spell it 'SKOUT' or ask if it's my stage name) which I am absolutely fine with; and I am also absolutely fine with people disliking my name because it is all a matter of opinion. I must admit I was very surprised with how much some people seemed to hate my name, but I don't particularly care to be honest because I really do love my name. It's light-hearted and interesting and suits my quirky, adventurous personality.
Maate  10/6/2015
Anyone else remember the show 'Scout's Safari? It was about a girl who lived in Africa. So I tend to think of it more as a feminine name.
grshprcrk  1/31/2016
It sounds like a lot of people who hate the name are basic people who genuinely have no room for creativity in life. I feel sorry for them since they cannot appreciate it or respect a parent's creativity when naming a child. Love the name Scout! Especially since I know no one with that name. Makes me love it even more!
― Anonymous User  2/2/2016
It's a bit rude to say people lack creativity just because they dislike a name. There's a thing called an opinion, and having a different one than yours doesn't indicate being basic and/or lacking creativity. Nobody has to like a name just to respect the fact that a parent gave their child said name.

I think it's an okay name for a human, but I think it's great for a dog. I'm planning on naming my dog this (that is, if I ever actually get a dog, lol).
― Anonymous User  5/25/2016
Unlike the poster above me, those of us grounded in reality realize that a child's name is not a canvas for a parent's creativity. Paint a picture if you want to express yourself. This a human being we are talking about, not a pet. Show some respect for your child and give them a respectable, mature name. God, how embarrassing would it be to have an interview with the CEO of Chase Bank and introduce yourself as Scout, that's only if HR didn't throw your resume in the garbage first.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2016
I'm a 17, almost 18 year old girl named Scout. This name was given to me by my mother because To Kill a Mockingbird was her favorite book. I love having a name I share with hardly anyone. I've only ever met one person with my name and it was a boy. The only downside to this name is that the spelling is so closely related to the name Scott. I constantly have been called Scott, but still it's worth it. I recommend this name to any parent who is on the fence about it. I promise your child will thank you for giving them such an original and meaningful name. For those of you who say it's better suited as a nickname, I disagree. I've been asked on many occasions if it was my "real name". Scout is not short for anything. It's longer than typical nicknames like Ben, Sam and Nick. 5 letter birth certificate names are far more common than you think.
treatyoself  6/13/2016
The name Scout was given to 232 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
I love this name, mainly because To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time. I will give this to my daughter as a first name, but as a middle name I think it is so flipping adorable! It's short, sweet, and sounds pleasing to the ear.
― Anonymous User  8/22/2016
I mostly associate the name Scout with men because historically, those who scouted wilderness, enemy positions, etc. tended to be male (in the interest of full disclosure, I'm male myself). In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if most people given Scout as their name (real or otherwise) before "To Kill a Mockingbird" were male (by the way, a science fiction novel I recently self-published has a main character nicknamed Scout; and the character's male). Nevertheless, I think Scout's a good name for both men and women. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a wonderful book; and I guess that's driven Scout's popularity as a girl's name. To me, it has a kind of tomboy feel to it if a girl has it (like in the book). The contrast with the meaning normally associated with the word "Scout" makes the name cool, fun and memorable when given to girls. Bonus, I guess, if people see the literary allusion.
norm121016  12/10/2016
I only like this for a boy. By the way, it's one letter off from Scott, so why isn't it a "real name"?
― Anonymous User  12/10/2016
I personally really like it. It has spunk and character!
blueeyesparkle  12/16/2016
My daughter has a week-old baby daughter named Scout Lillian - she and her hubby already have a son named Hudson. They did not know the sex of this baby, and when discussing names the only girls' name they both liked at all was Scout. It took some courage to actually name her, because they knew it was unusual, but as it was the only name they liked, they had to go for it! I love it.
Frahn17  1/19/2017
I don't see Scout as exclusively feminine. I think it could work for a boy, too. While I don't hate it, it isn't the best name. I can see a baby, toddler, or elementary school child carry this name well, but it doesn't seem fitting for a tween, teen, or adult. Of course, if you have the name Scout, and you love your name, that's good, too. It's nothing to be ashamed of!

In actuality, I do like this name a tiny bit. I want to be a writer someday, so I may use it for a character. Scout does seem like a random thing to name your kid, though.
Overall, I don't recommend using this name, but I don't advise against it either.

My ratings (out of 5 stars):
Popularity 4/5
Sound 3/5
Spelling 3/5
Ages well? 2/5
Overall Rating: 3.
Theodora D. Phoenix  1/27/2017
I'm 37 and have grown up with an unusual name and I am so thankful; I am so thankful that I don't share my name with a million other people. First of all, when children who are born now are in the work force, unusual names will be the norm. Scout has spunk and history; and so much more personality than names like Katherine or Elizabeth.

Yes, people are entitled to their opinion, but some of these comments are ridiculous! I agree that many of these comments show a lack of creativity, innovation and personality in the writers. IE, calling someone who names his/her child this "one step above white trash."

Our daughter is due in September and her name is Scout Ellie Lou.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2017
I know a 15 year old boy with this name, He is a tall, muscular football player. His father was in the military and chose names for his children that reflected that. Scout has an older brother named Rider (Ryder? Spelling is uncertain) and a younger sister named Sailor. While I don't agree with his siblings' names, I adore Scout as a name for either sex. Also, for those saying that every child named Scout is named that because of To Kill A Mockingbird, this is your proof that that idea is full of baloney. Scout is a mature, short and sweet unisex name that ages well. If I ever have a daughter, I am seriously considering naming her Ophelia Scout or Margeaux Scout.
JayIsNotAmazing  6/26/2017
Just information for everyone here, the Scout name is also a surname. My wife's maiden name is Scout. There are not a whole lot of people with that last name, but those who have it are proud of the name. As to being a first name, I see nothing wrong with the name being for a boy or a girl. A lot of stupid comments have been made about the name. Yes, it can be a dog name, or a cat name, but it certainly can be a human name, whether it is first or last name, or male or female. I have seen Shirley used as both male and female. So get over it.
wet  11/25/2017
Lacks class and sophistication. Not a very timeless name at all. Save your creativity for a medium of art, your child's name is not a canvas for your creativity.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2017
I LOVE this name as a real first name for a boy, but especially a girl! It’s a beautiful real name. The people who hate this name are probably named Ashley or Jennifer.
― Anonymous User  3/17/2018
I think it's ridiculous that people would ever call the name Scout white trash. What is the world coming to that people are so rude they feel they have the right to belittle a person just because of their choice of a name. Stating your opinion on the name is one thing but attacking a person's character for liking it is completely different. That being said, I love the name for a girl. It makes me think of a spunky little tomboy who's kind hearted and adventurous. My daughter was named Charlie after her father, and after he passed away it didn't feel right to call her by his name anymore but I didn't want to legally change it because it's part of him that she'll have forever, so we just started calling her Scout and I love it!
― Anonymous User  5/4/2018

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