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. Other possible sources are Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, Ross in Northumbria (which is on a promontory), and Roose in Lancashire 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


Similar surnames: Rose, Roos, Moss, Oss, Cross, Russ, Gross, Rosa, Koss, Boss

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Ross Family Origin

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  • Farmer

    5%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%
  • Annuitant

    1%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ross family was Annuitant. Farmer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ross. The most common Ross occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Ross's were Farmers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Ross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ross in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ross

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