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Roos Name Meaning

Dutch (also de Roos) and Swiss German: habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a rose. Dutch (also de Roos): metonymic occupational name for someone who grew roses, from roos ‘rose’. Dutch: from the female personal name Rosa (Latin rosa ‘rose’). Dutch: nickname from roos ‘erysipelas’, an infection which causes reddening of the skin and scalp, applied presumably to someone with a ruddy complexion. Swiss German: from a personal name formed with hrod ‘renown’. Swedish and Danish (of German origin): as 1. Swedish: variant of Ros. English and Scottish: variant of Ross 2.

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


Similar surnames: Ross, Rook, Roes, Root, Roof, Rokos, Loos, Ros, Goos, Hoos

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Where is the Roos family from?

You can see how Roos families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roos family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roos families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 10 Roos families living in New York. This was about 67% of all the recorded Roos's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Roos families in 1840.
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What did your Roos ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roos. 14% of Roos men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Roos women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roos were Clerk and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Cook
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Roos. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Roos. For the veterans among your Roos ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roos lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Roos life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Roos in 1947 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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