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Ross

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 69 0 69
1881 82 0 82
1882 96 0 96
1883 88 0 88
1884 110 0 110
1885 109 0 109
1886 107 0 107
1887 85 0 85
1888 90 0 90
1889 115 0 115
1890 101 0 101
1891 91 5 86
1892 90 0 90
1893 76 0 76
1894 110 0 110
1895 73 0 73
1896 83 0 83
1897 62 0 62
1898 75 0 75
1899 95 0 95
1900 83 0 83
1901 72 0 72
1902 90 0 90
1903 67 0 67
1904 73 0 73
1905 74 0 74
1906 88 0 88
1907 76 0 76
1908 99 0 99
1909 81 0 81
1910 103 0 103
1911 140 0 140
1912 240 0 240
1913 305 5 300
1914 366 6 360
1915 451 0 451
1916 463 6 457
1917 512 9 503
1918 577 8 569
1919 582 13 569
1920 548 0 548
1921 525 11 514
1922 584 8 576
1923 581 6 575
1924 595 7 588
1925 568 9 559
1926 537 7 530
1927 454 0 454
1928 489 5 484
1929 412 0 412
1930 500 0 500
1931 459 7 452
1932 423 0 423
1933 416 0 416
1934 447 5 442
1935 427 0 427
1936 481 6 475
1937 465 0 465
1938 485 6 479
1939 485 5 480
1940 458 0 458
1941 519 5 514
1942 554 0 554
1943 585 0 585
1944 571 7 564
1945 560 5 555
1946 650 0 650
1947 789 0 789
1948 720 0 720
1949 763 0 763
1950 774 5 769
1951 889 5 884
1952 907 0 907
1953 918 0 918
1954 1,000 0 1,000
1955 1,027 0 1,027
1956 992 0 992
1957 958 5 953
1958 1,039 8 1,031
1959 1,030 0 1,030
1960 1,050 6 1,044
1961 1,022 0 1,022
1962 1,145 7 1,138
1963 1,139 13 1,126
1964 1,025 0 1,025
1965 987 0 987
1966 916 0 916
1967 797 0 797
1968 847 0 847
1969 892 7 885
1970 881 0 881
1971 864 6 858
1972 709 0 709
1973 726 11 715
1974 679 7 672
1975 686 6 680
1976 680 0 680
1977 823 0 823
1978 925 5 920
1979 1,012 11 1,001
1980 1,046 5 1,041
1981 1,241 0 1,241
1982 1,479 14 1,465
1983 1,355 11 1,344
1984 1,758 14 1,744
1985 1,898 14 1,884
1986 1,789 16 1,773
1987 1,671 7 1,664
1988 1,783 15 1,768
1989 1,796 10 1,786
1990 1,628 9 1,619
1991 1,452 6 1,446
1992 1,277 0 1,277
1993 941 0 941
1994 838 0 838
1995 1,046 0 1,046
1996 1,041 0 1,041
1997 795 0 795
1998 789 0 789
1999 672 5 667
2000 566 5 561
2001 503 0 503
2002 424 0 424
2003 383 6 377
2004 356 6 350
2005 313 0 313
2006 283 0 283
2007 259 0 259
2008 258 0 258
2009 227 0 227
2010 218 0 218
2011 214 0 214
2012 212 0 212
2013 193 0 193
2014 184 0 184
2015 165 8 157

Fun Facts about the name Ross

  • How many people with the first name Ross have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 80,791 babies born with the first name Ross in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ross to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ross? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 69 new born babies.
  • When was Ross first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ross is Friday, December 12th, 1845.
  • What year had the most people named Ross born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ross was in 1985 with a total of 1,884 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ross!
  • Random Ross Factoid: According to the 1973 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ross ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 42 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1973.
  • Weird things about the name Ross: Your name in reverse order is Ssor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Osrs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ross? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 229,368 people with the last name Ross.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ross? Ross was ranked as the 98th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of Ross as a last name

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Common last names for Ross

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Baker
  • Young
  • White

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ross U.S.
  White 68.96% 64.26%
  African American 24.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ross

People with the last name Ross are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ross" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ross as well as things modernly associated with the name Ross such as celebrities named Ross.

Scottish

Origin and Meaning of Ross

The name "Ross" is of Scottish origin, and it means "Headland". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ross
The rough, scaly matter on the surface of the bark of trees.

Etymology: Etymol. uncertain

verb Ross
To divest of the ross, or rough, scaly surface; as, to ross bark.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. American seamstress said to have made the first American flag at the request of George Washington (1752-1836)
  2. A politician in Wyoming who was the first woman governor in the United States (1876-1977)
  3. British physician who discovered that mosquitos transmit malaria (1857-1932)
  4. British explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic; located the north magnetic pole in 1831; discovered the Ross Sea in Antarctica; nephew of Sir John Ross (1800-1862)
  5. Scottish explorer who led Arctic expeditions that yielded geographic discoveries while searching for the Northwest Passage (1777-1856)
  1. An English and Scottish habitational surname​ derived from any of several places of that name, from Scottish Gaelic ros (“headland”).
  2. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since early nineteenth century.
  3. A town in California.
  4. A city/village in North Dakota.
  5. A census-designated place in Ohio.
  6. A city/town in Texas.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.
  8. A small town on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand.

Ross was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons With the Name Ross

Ross Perot

Ross Perot is a leading human. Ross was given the name Henry Ross Perot on June 27th, 1930 in Texarkana, Texas, U.S.

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Ross Butler

Ross Butler is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2012. Ross was born on May 17th, 1992 in Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S.

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Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht is a famous person. Ross was born on March 27th, 1984. Ross is also known as Dread Pirate Roberts.

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Ross Lynch

Ross Lynch is an actor, singer, songwriter, and musician. His ongoing career started in 2009. Ross was born on December 29th, 1995 in Littleton, Colorado, United States.

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Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack is a soccer player for the Fulham F.C., Rangers F.C. Reserve, Youth squads, Rangers F.C., Doncaster Rovers F.C., Motherwell F.C., Cardiff City F.C., Leeds United F.C., Scotland national under-21 football team, Scotland national football B team, and Scotland national football team. Ross was born on August 18th, 1986 in Glasgow.

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Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley is a soccer player for the Everton F.C., Sheffield Wednesday F.C., Leeds United F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Ross was born on December 5th, 1993 in Wavertree, Liverpool, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ross

Bob Ross

Bob Ross was an artist in the fields of painter, art instructor, television host, and visual arts education. Bob was given the name Robert Norman Ross on October 29th, 1942 in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. He breathed his last breath on July 4th, 1995.

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Wilbur Ross

Wilbur Ross is an owner of wl ross & corp., owner of international steel group, vice chairman of bank of cyprus, and bank of cyprus. Wilbur was born on November 28th, 1937 in Weehawken, New Jersey.

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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a civil war nurse, suffragist, civil rights activist, and women's suffrage in the united states. Harriet was given the name Araminta Ross in 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland, U.S. Harriet is also known as Minty and Moses. She passed away on March 10th, 1913.

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Diana Ross

Diana Ross is a singer, actress, and record producer. She holds the title No Matter What Sign You Are" and I'm Coming Out". Her most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Diana was given the name Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26th, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Rick Ross

Rick Ross is a hip hop music songwriter, entrepreneur, and rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Rick was given the name William Leonard Roberts II on January 28th, 1976 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S. Rick is also known as Rozay and Renzel.

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Katharine Ross

Katharine Ross is an actress and author. Her career lasted from 1962 to 2013. Katharine was given the name Katharine Juliet Ross on January 29th, 1940 in Hollywood, California, United States.

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  • Tracee Ellis Ross
    (actress)
  • David Ross
    (baseball)
  • Jim Ross
    (wrestler)
  • Evan Ross
    (famed individual)
  • Jeff Ross
    (comedian)
  • Jonathan Ross
    (broadcaster)
  • Ryan Ross
    (famous person)
  • Sir James Clark Ross
    (important person)
  • Stephen M. Ross
    (chairman of the related companies)
  • Marion Ross
    (actress)
  • Atticus Ross
    (musician)
  • Kyla Ross
    (noteworthy individual)
  • Terrence Ross
    (basketball player)
  • Alex Ross
    (comics creator)

What does the name Ross mean?

Ris for rich, in the love from others

Ois for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

Sis for strength, there when needed.

Sis for sweetheart, you really are!

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