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What does Russ mean?

Russ Pronunciation of Russ [russ] as a name for boys has its root in Old French, and Russ means "little red". Russ is an alternate form of Russell (Old French): also possibly refers to ruddy skin. See also Lech.

Associated with: little, red.


1 relation via Russell: Russel.

Creative forms:
(male) Rass, Ryss, ..

(female) Rusa, Russha, ..

Middle name pairings:
Russ Finley (R.F.), ..

How popular is Russ?

Russ is a somewhat popular first name for males (#811 out of 1220, Top 66%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#1931 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Russ was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #524 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Russ name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Russ outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Russ are Russell (#403 a year ago) and Russel. Adoption of these relations of Russ was at its highest during 1910-1919 (average #787) and is now significantly lower, with forms like Russell going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Russ, Russel, Russell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Russ and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Russ is pronounced similarly to Ras, Rees, Reese, Reis, Reyes, Rhys, Rice, Ries, Ross and Rosse. Other suggested similar names are Cass, Guss, Jess, Joss, Kass, Moss, Rube, Rubi, Ruby, Rudd, Rudi, Rudy, Ruel, Rufus, Rune, Rush, Russo, Rusty and Ruy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Russ.

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