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Gender: Male Meaning of Ross: "upland, peninsula" Origin of Ross: Scottish

The name Ross is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "upland, peninsula". Ross and is often added to lists like Space Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF Elimination".

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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.

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Famous People Named Ross

Ross Farrelly, lead singer of Irish band The Strypes.
Rostom Sipan "Ross" Bagdasarian Sr aka David Seville, American musician, creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Ross James Kemp, English actor and journalist.
Ross Ventrone, American NFL football player.
Ross Weaver, American NFL football player.
Ross Dean Browner, American NFL football player.
Ross Dan Hutchins, English tennis player.
Ross Robert Barnett, U.S. politician; governor of Mississippi.
Ross Andrew Wilson, Australian musician.
Ross Bass, U.S. Congressman and Postmaster from Tennessee.
(Henry) Ross Perot, American businessman and politician.
Ross MacDonald, British bassist for the band The 1975.
Ross Alexander Collins, U.S. Congressman from Mississippi.
Ross Shor Lynch, American actor/singer.
Ross Hull, Canadian actor.
Ross Copperman, American songwriter.
Ross Aaron Malinger, American actor.
Albert Rostron "Ross" Parker, English songwriter.
Ross Naess, son of singer Diana Ross and Arne Naess.
Ross Markham Noble, English comedian.
Ross Rebagliati , Canadian Olympic snowboarder.
Ross McCall, Scottish actor.
Ross Alexander (born Alexander Ross Smith), American actor.
Ross "The Intern" Mathews, American comedian and TV personality.
Ronald Ross, British physician and Nobel Prize winner.
Jensen Ross Ackles, American actor.
Ross Fleming Butler, American actor.
Ross Botsford aka YourPalRoss, American YouTuber.
Ross Hornby, British YouTuber, member of HATfilms.
Ross Butler, American actor
Ross Barkley, English professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Ross

Ross Eustace Geller, a main character on TV's "Friends"
John Ross Ewing I, II, and III, characters on TV's "Dallas"
Ross, character in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, character in novels by Paul Howard
Ross Poldark, main character in The Poldark Novels series, which has been two TV series, in the 1970s and a new version currently airing its 3rd series
Ross Lane, character on TV's "The Patty Duke Show"

Rosse, Rossie, Rossi, Rossell, Rossy


hermioneameliastyles Says:


It would be a great name. I love the sound of it and plus theres more than one Ross I love, Ross Geller, and Ross Lynch from R5.

Hailey Says:


"I'm Ross! I'm divorced and I have a kid."

lesliemarion Says:


I don't think of that whiny dweeb on Friends. I think of dashing Ross Poldark in Winston Graham's Cornish books.

Alicia1 Says:


This is my husbands name and I like it a lot. I had never heard it till I met him, I think it's def. under the radar.

Sweekune Says:


A handsome Scottish name. Short and sweet but full of character.