English and Scottish
"upland, peninsula"

Ross Origin and Meaning

The name Ross is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "upland, peninsula".

Like Friends, Ross is off the air and into syndication as a baby name, having plummeted from its zenith in the late 80s to fall off the US Top 1000 in 2013. Today, Ross is more likely to be a dad name than a newborn name.

Ross originated as one of the many Scottish names taken from the surname of a famous clan, and is a place name in that country as well. It's a quiet, understated Celtic name that could come back in the current climate of single-syllable boy name popularity, though it will probably take a few years.

Other notable Rosses besides the Ross Geller character include tycoon and maverick presidential candidate H. (for Henry) Ross Perot, mystery writer Ross (born Kenneth) Macdonald, and one of the twin sons of Jane Pauley and Garry Trudeau.

# 960 in the US

Ross Rank in US Top 1000

# 642 on Nameberry

Ross Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ross Popularity

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Famous People Named Ross

  • Ross Farrellylead singer of Irish band The Strypes.
  • Rostom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian Sr aka David SevilleAmerican musician, creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • Ross James KempEnglish actor and journalist.
  • Ross VentroneAmerican NFL football player.
  • Ross WeaverAmerican NFL football player.
  • Ross Dean BrownerAmerican NFL football player.
  • Ross Dan HutchinsEnglish tennis player.
  • Ross Robert BarnettU.S. politician; governor of Mississippi.
  • Ross Andrew WilsonAustralian musician.
  • Ross BassU.S. Congressman and Postmaster from Tennessee.
  • (Henry) Ross PerotAmerican businessman and politician.
  • Ross MacDonaldBritish bassist for the band The 1975.
  • Ross Alexander CollinsU.S. Congressman from Mississippi.
  • Ross Shor LynchAmerican actor/singer.
  • Ross HullCanadian actor.
  • Ross CoppermanAmerican songwriter.
  • Ross Aaron MalingerAmerican actor.
  • Albert Rostron "Ross" ParkerEnglish songwriter.
  • Ross Naessson of singer Diana Ross and Arne Naess.
  • Ross Markham NobleEnglish comedian.
  • Ross RebagliatiCanadian Olympic snowboarder.
  • Ross McCallScottish actor.
  • Ross Alexander (born Alexander Ross Smith)American actor.
  • Ross "The Intern" MathewsAmerican comedian and TV personality.
  • Ronald RossBritish physician and Nobel Prize winner.
  • Jensen Ross AcklesAmerican actor.
  • Ross Fleming ButlerAmerican actor.
  • Ross Botsford aka YourPalRossAmerican YouTuber.
  • Ross HornbyBritish YouTuber, member of HATfilms.
  • Ross ButlerAmerican actor
  • Ross BarkleyEnglish professional footballer
  • Ross Andrew Parker (b. 1984)17 year old white British boy who was stabbed, beaten and kicked to death because he was white in 2001

Ross in Pop Culture

  • Ross Eustace Gellera main character on TV's "Friends"
  • John Ross Ewing III, and III, characters on TV's "Dallas"
  • Rosscharacter in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
  • Ross O'CarrollKelly, character in novels by Paul Howard
  • Ross Poldarkmain character in the “Poldark” book and TV series
  • Ross Lanecharacter on TV's "The Patty Duke Show"

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