Scout, meaning “to listen,” is a great name for girl dogs who are outgoing and tough. Find out more about dogs named Scout.


Name: Scout

Meaning: The name Scout is originally derived from a word in Old French, escouter, meaning “to listen.” The English modified the meaning of this name some, changing it to “one who gathers information covertly.”

Personality: Outgoing, Tough

About This Name: In the hotly debated novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout is the narrator and protagonist. Other notable Scouts include Scout Willis, actress and daughter of megastars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and actress Scout Taylor-Compton. In the old western radio and TV show The Lone Ranger, the name of the Lone Ranger’s horse was Scout. A pit bull named Scout who was rescued from abuse took to the internet (with the help of his humans) to help rebrand pit bulls — and even wrote a book.

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