[ 1 syll. ros(s), ro-ss ] The baby boy name Ross is pronounced R-aoS- †. Ross has its origins in the Celtic language. It is used largely in English and Scottish. The first name is usually taken to derive from the prominent Scottish surname, itself of the Gaelic ros (meaning 'promontory, cape, peninsula, headland'). Other derivations suggest the root word as the Old German hros or hruod, or the French rous. The given name was first adopted in the 19th century. The name was in recent known from a character in the US television sitcom Friends (1994-2004).
Ross is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby boy name, but not to the degree it was previously. At the height of its usage in 1985, 0.098% of baby boys were named Ross. It was #147 in rank then. The baby name has seen a decline in frequency since then, and is used only on a modest scale now. In 2012, it ranked at #960 with a usage of 0.010%, but it was nevertheless the most widely used within all boy names in its family.
† Pronunciation for Ross: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Ross:
Author Ross McWhirter, born Alan Ross McWhirter 12 August 1925 - 27 November 1975, Winchmore Hill, London, England.
Business Personality Ross Perot, born Henry Ross Perot 27 June 1930, Texarkana, Texas.