Russell Both an English and a Scottish surname, from the Old French rous-el a diminutive of rous ‘red’. In Scotland in 1863 Russell was the forty-ninth most numerous surname and the estimated number of bearers was 9,500. In Ireland in 1890 Russell was principally found in Antrim, Dublin and Down, and the estimated number of bearers was 4,520. In the United States it is the 97th most numerous surname with an estimated 233,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 93rd most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 it was the 47th most numerous surname.
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