Ross Name Meaning & Origin

Ross

Pronunciation: RAHS (key)

Origin of the name Ross:

Transferred use of the Scottish surname derived from the Gaelic ros (a promontory or peninsula): hence, "dweller on the peninsula." Alternatively, the name originated as a nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, in which case it is derived from the Gaelic ruadh (red).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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For some reason, when I was 12 years old I became convinced that I'd end up marrying a man named Ross. In the many years since, I have NEVER met a man by that name. It seems to be surprisingly rare. I got married anyway, though. :)

My name is Ross. The funny thing is, historically whenever someone got my name wrong they used to call me Scott. Nowadays it seems they end up incorrectly calling me Josh. It may be from the similar single-syllable sound.

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Ross the Boss, Rossy

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Famous real-life people named Ross: | Edit

Ross Alexander (1907–1937), American stage and film actor
Ross Aloisi, former Australian footballer
Ross Andru (1927–1993), American comic book artist and editor
Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (1919–1972), creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. (born 1949), his son, who continues the Chipmunk media effort
Ross Barkley, English footballer
Ross Barnett, U.S. politician
Ross Barnes (1850–1915), one of the stars of baseball's National Association (1871–1875) and the early National League (1876–1881)
Ross Bass (1918–1993), American florist, postmaster, Congressman, and United States Senator from Tennessee
Ross Bleckner, American artist
Ross Brawn, English former motorsport engineer and Formula One team principal
Ross Browner, former American football defensive end
Ross Cheever, American racing driver, younger brother of Eddie Cheever
Ross A. Collins (1880–1968), U.S. Representative from Mississippi
Ross Copperman, American singer-songwriter
Ross Coyle (born 1937), American football player
Ross Flitney, English footballer
Ross Friedman (born 1992), American Major League Soccer player
Ross Gardner English Footballer
Ross Gillespie, New Zealand field hockey player and coach
Ross Hart, Canadian-American professional wrestler and promoter from the Hart family.
Ross Hornby, Canadian diplomat
Ross Hull, Canadian actor and meteorologist
Ross Kemp (born 1964), British actor
Ross Krautman (born 1991), American football player
Ross Lynch, (born 1995), American actor, singer and dancer, plays Austin on Austin & Ally, in a band called R5, sweetheart
Ross Macdonald (1915–1983), Canadian mystery writer
Ross MacDonald (born 1965), Canadian sailor
Ross Mathews (Ross "the Intern" Mathews), TV-personality on The Tonight Show
Ross Muir, Professional Snooker player
Ross Noble, English comedian
Ross O'Donovan (born 1987), animator and co-host of the webseries, Steam Train
Ross Parker, English composer (1914–1974)
Ross Parker, victim of a racially motivated murder in England shortly after the September 11 attacks
Ross Perot, US presidential candidate
Ross Perry, Scottish Footballer
Ross Rebagliati, a Canadian Olympic gold medalist and professional snowboarder
Ross Strudwick, Australian rugby league footballer and coach
Ross Sinclair (artist) (born 1966), Scottish visual artist, musician and writer
Ross Sinclair (water polo) (born 1985), American water polo player and coach
Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer
Ross Thomas (born 1981), American actor

Ross in song, story & screen: | Edit

Song:
Ross (play), by Terence Rattigan
Ross (1978 album), by Diana Ross
Ross (1983 album), by Diana Ross

Story:
The Name Is Archer, by Ross Macdonald. Ross Macdonald is the pseudonym of the American-Canadian writer of crime fiction Kenneth Millar. He is best known for his series of hardboiled novels set in southern California and featuring private detective Lew Archer.

Ross Thomas, a writer of hard-boiled fiction, mostly focused on crime novels. His work was often compared to that of Raymond Chandler.

Screen:
Ross - character in Shakespeare's Macbeth
Ross Ewich, a fictional character in the Canadian sketch comedy series You Can't Do That on Television
Ross Geller, character on the TV-series Friends (played by David Schwimmer)
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, a literary "dick-lit" character, created by Irish author Paul Howard
Ross Poldark, main character of The Poldark Novels, a series of historical novels by Winston Graham

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