Ross name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Ross

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Native American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Arizona, U.S. says the name Ross means "Horse".
  2. A submission from Georgia, U.S. says the name Ross means "Beans" and is of Arabic origin.
  3. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Ross means "Derived from the gaelic word for 'promontory' (a bit of land that protrudes out over a large body of water) or 'headland'" and is of Scottish origin.
  4. A user from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Ross is of Celtic origin and means "God Saves".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ross
The rough, scaly matter on the surface of the bark of trees.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

verb Ross
To divest of the ross, or rough, scaly surface; as, to ross bark.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. American seamstress said to have made the first American flag at the request of George Washington (1752-1836)
  2. A politician in Wyoming who was the first woman governor in the United States (1876-1977)
  3. British physician who discovered that mosquitos transmit malaria (1857-1932)
  4. British explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic; located the north magnetic pole in 1831; discovered the Ross Sea in Antarctica; nephew of Sir John Ross (1800-1862)
  5. Scottish explorer who led Arctic expeditions that yielded geographic discoveries while searching for the Northwest Passage (1777-1856)

From Scottish Gaelic for 'promontory' or 'headland'. See Ross and Cromarty

  1. An English and Scottish habitational surname​ derived from any of several places of that name, from Scottish Gaelic ros (“headland”).
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, of early 19th century and later usage.
  3. A town in Marin County, California, United States.
  4. A city and village in North Dakota.
  5. A census-designated place in Ohio.
  6. A city and town in Texas.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.
  8. A small town in New Zealand on the West Coast of the South Island.

Ross was also found in the following language(s): Alemannic German, German, and Hunsrik

Notable Persons Named Ross

Notable Persons Named Ross

Ross Perot

Ross was given the name Henry Ross Perot on June 27th, 1930 in Texarkana, Texas, U.S.

Ross Butler

Ross Butler is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2012. Ross was born on May 17th, 1992 in Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S.

Ross Ulbricht

Ross was born on March 27th, 1984. Ross is also known as Dread Pirate Roberts.

Ross Lynch

Ross Lynch is an actor, singer, songwriter, and musician. His ongoing career started in 2009. Ross was born on December 29th, 1995 in Littleton, Colorado, United States.

Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack is a soccer player for the Fulham F.C., Rangers F.C. Reserve, Youth squads, Rangers F.C., Doncaster Rovers F.C., Motherwell F.C., Cardiff City F.C., Leeds United F.C., Scotland national under-21 football team, Scotland national football B team, and Scotland national football team. Ross was born on August 18th, 1986 in Glasgow.

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley is a soccer player for the Everton F.C., Sheffield Wednesday F.C., Leeds United F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Ross was born on December 5th, 1993 in Wavertree, Liverpool, England.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ross

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ross

Bob Ross

Bob Ross was an artist in the fields of painter, art instructor, television host, and visual arts education. Bob was given the name Robert Norman Ross on October 29th, 1942 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. He breathed his last breath on July 4th, 1995.

Wilbur Ross

Wilbur Ross is an owner of wl ross & corp., owner of international steel group, vice chairman of bank of cyprus, and bank of cyprus. Wilbur was born on November 28th, 1937 in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a civil war nurse, suffragist, civil rights activist, and women's suffrage in the united states. Harriet was given the name Araminta Ross in 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland, U.S. Harriet is also known as Minty and Moses. She passed away on March 10th, 1913.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross is a singer, actress, and record producer. She holds the title No Matter What Sign You Are" and I'm Coming Out". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Diana was given the name Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26th, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Rick Ross

Rick Ross is a hip hop music songwriter, entrepreneur, and rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Rick was given the name William Leonard Roberts II on January 28th, 1976 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S. Rick is also known as Rozay and Renzel.

Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross is an actress and author. Her career lasted from 1962 to 2013. Katharine was given the name Katharine Juliet Ross on January 29th, 1940 in Hollywood, California, United States.

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  • David Ross
  • Jim Ross
  • Evan Ross
  • Jeff Ross
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Ryan Ross
  • Sir James Clark Ross
  • Stephen M. Ross
    Chairman of the Related Companies
  • Marion Ross
  • Atticus Ross
  • Kyla Ross
  • Terrence Ross
    Basketball Player
  • Alex Ross
    Comics Creator

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ross U.S.
  White 68.96% 64.26%
  African American 24.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ross

People with the last name Ross are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ross

  • What name lists does Ross rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ross? Ross is the 756th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ross was the 98th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ross have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 81,470 babies born with the first name Ross in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ross to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ross? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 69 new born babies.
  • When was Ross first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ross is Friday, December 12th, 1845.
  • What year had the most people named Ross born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ross was in 1985 with a total of 1,886 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ross!
  • Random Ross Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ross ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 64 babies in Minnesota have the same name in 1965.
  • Weird things about the name Ross: The name spelled backwards is Ssor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rsso. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ross? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 229,368 people with the last name Ross.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ross? Ross was ranked as the 98th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Ross name meaning

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