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What does Ross mean?

Ross Pronunciation of Ross as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Ross) is pronounced ros. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ross is "headland, cape". A place name in Scotland. May also be derived from the Gaelic word for "red". Presidential candidate Ross Perot. Also form of Roscoe.


ASSOCIATED WITH scottish, gaelic, red


VARIANTS Rosse, Rossell, Rossiter, Rosston




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How popular is Ross?

Ross is a very prominent first name for males (#282 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#89 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ross was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #143 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1112. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular varying form of Ross (#1112 VIA LATEST LIST) is Roscoe (#1852). Adoption of these relations of Ross was at its apex during the years 1880-1889 (AVERAGE #141) and is now much reduced (#1482, 91.9% LESS USAGE), with versions such as Ross going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ross, Roscoe in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ross is pronounced similarly to Ras, Rees, Reese, Reis, Reyes, Rhys, Rice, Ries, Roice, Royce and Russ. Other recommended sound-alike names are Amoss, Cass, Guss, Jess, Joss, Kass, Moss, Roan, Rob, Robb, Robi, Roch, Rock, Rod, Rodas, Rodd, Roe, Rog, Roi, Rolf, Rome, Ron, Ronn, Rory, Rosco, Roth, Roul, Row, Rowe, Rowl, Roy, Rush and Russo. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ross.

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