Quick Facts on Ross
- English, Scottish
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Headlands, Renowned, Horse or Redhead
Etymology & Historical Origin - Ross
Ross is the transferred use of a surname with multiple origins. Most commonly considered Scottish, Ross is believed to come from the Gaelic word “ros” meaning “headland”. It is also a surname perpetuated by Norman-Frenchmen hailing from Rots, Normandy who came to settle in southern Scotland after the Conquest of 1066. The etymology of “Rots” is uncertain. Thirdly, Ross may find its roots from an ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name “Rozzo” meaning “renowned”. Also from an Anglo-Saxon perspective, the surname could have been derived from an occupational name from the Germanic “hros” meaning “horse” to describe a horse breeder or a keeper of horses. Lastly, some say Ross developed as a Scottish nickname for a redhead (possibly from the Italian “rosso” meaning “red”). This multifaceted surname first appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 indentifying a “de Ros” in Yorkshire. The Ross Clan is a Scottish Highland clan who trace their ancestry to a Gaelic medieval lordship known as the Earls of Ross dating back to the 13th century. Shakespeare used the name Ross for a minor Scottish character in his c. 1606 play “Macbeth”. Not surprisingly Ross is currently a Top 100 favorite name for little lads in Scotland.
Popularity of the Name Ross
Ross has held a position on the American male naming charts for as long as the U.S. government has been tracking naming trends (1880). And it has done so without interruption. For the most part Ross was used with consistent and respectable moderation during the 20th century. His peak popularity came in the mid-1980s possibly influenced by successful businessman and presidential hopeful Ross Perot. However, as we’ve turned into the 21st century Ross has quickly fallen out of style. Since the year 2000 the name has dropped so dramatically on the charts he is now dangerously close to going out of circulation altogether. If you’re looking for a one-syllable name with Scottish origins then Ross might be a good bet (Bruce, Keith, Graham and Roy are other options). Understated and quietly dignified, Ross is a name currently neglected by American parents and so now makes a familiar yet original choice.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ross
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ross
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ross
Ross We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ross.
Popular Songs on Ross
Ross - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Ross.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Ross
Ross - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Ross.
Famous People Named Ross
Famous People Named Ross - Ross Perot (U.S. businessman and notable presidential candidate); Ross Mathews (TV personality); Ross Noble (comedian); Ross Bagdasarian (pianist, songwriter); Ross Wilson (gamer)
Children of Famous People Named Ross
Famous People Who Named Their Son Ross - Diana Ross (iconic singer); Jane Pauley (TV journalist); Ross Perot (businessman)
Ross - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Ross - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ross.
Personality of the Boy Name Ross
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Variations of the Baby Name - Ross