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Ross Name Meaning
Scottish and English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from Rots near Caen in Normandy, probably named with the Germanic element rod ‘clearing’. Compare Rhodes. This was the original home of a family de Ros, who were established in Kent in 1130.Scottish and English: habitational name from any of various places called Ross or Roos(e), deriving the name from Welsh rhós ‘upland’ or moorland, or from a British ancestor of this word, which also had the sense ‘promontory’. This is the sense of the cognate Gaelic word ros. Known sources of the surname include Roos in Humberside (formerly in East Yorkshire) and the region of northern Scotland known as Ross.English and German: from the Germanic personal name Rozzo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element hrod ‘renown’, introduced into England by the Normans in the form Roce.German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a breeder or keeper of horses, from Middle High German ros, German Ross ‘horse’; perhaps also a nickname for someone thought to resemble a horse or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a horse.Jewish: Americanized form of Rose 3.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Ross Families

  • Number of Ross families
     1,275 - 2,548
     426 - 1,274
     1 - 425
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ross families
     1,098 - 2,194
     367 - 1,097
     1 - 366
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ross families
     2,035 - 4,068
     679 - 2,034
     1 - 678
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ross Family Origin

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Ross Immigration Information

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Ross Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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