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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Catalan : nickname for someone with blond hair or a fair complexion, from Latin russus.
  • Swedish : ornamental name from ros ‘rose’.
  • Slovenian : nickname from the dialect adjective ros ‘russet’, hence denoting a person with russet-colored hair. Compare Rus 2.
  • Slovenian (Roš) : probably also a nickname from roš, a reduced form of rovaš ‘stick split lengthwise’, which was used to keep accounts (by scoring or making notches in the wood).
  • Cambodian or other Southeast Asian : unexplained.

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