Ross Both an English and a Scottish surname of local origin. In Scotland the first record of the surname was in north Ayrshire, where a family of English origin (Yorkshire) was granted lands. In the north of Scotland the surname was derived from the district of Ross Also a descriptive surname from the Middle English rous meaning ‘red-haired’. In England there were many place called Ross (Bedfordshire, Hereford, Kent, Lancs., Yorkshire). In 1890 Ross was principally found in Antrim, Derry, Cork and Down, and the estimated number of bearers was 3,270. In the United States it is the 80th most numerous surname with an estimated 26,400 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 185th most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 it was the 16th most numerous surname.
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