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This most interesting and unusual surname has two possible origins. Firstly a locational name from any of the various places so called in Durham and Northumberland, named from the Olde English "Scotta-tun", composed of "Scotta", Scots, and "tun", settlement; or "sceot-tun", from the Olde English "sceot", a steep bank and "tun", as above; or from "sceat-tun", from the Olde English "sceat", a corner of land, and "tun". Hence the name may mean "the settlement of the Scots"; the settlement at a steep place"; or settlement in a corner of land of a parish or other administrative division".

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