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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. 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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Ross Family Occupations

What did your Ross ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Ross. 2% of Ross men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Ross women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ross were Carpenter and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    2%
  • Builders Labourer
    1%
  • Bricklayer
    1%
  • Carpenter
    1%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    50%
  • Private Means
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%

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

Ross Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 267,000 military records available for the last name Ross. For the veterans among your Ross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ross Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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