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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch (also de Roos) and Swiss German : habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a rose.
  • Dutch (also de Roos) : metonymic occupational name for someone who grew roses, from roos ‘rose’.
  • Dutch : from the female personal name Rosa (Latin rosa ‘rose’).
  • Dutch : nickname from roos ‘erysipelas’, an infection which causes reddening of the skin and scalp, applied presumably to someone with a ruddy complexion.
  • Swiss German : from a personal name formed with hrōd ‘renown’.
  • Swedish and Danish (of German origin) : as 1.
  • Swedish : variant of Ros.
  • English and Scottish : variant of Ross 2.

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