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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Ross family were born. Their name comes from the given name Andrew, which is derived from Anrias, a progenitor of both the Ross Clan and the MacKenzies. Anrias was descended from the O'Beolans, an Irish Gaelic tribe of the sixth and seventh centuries who first brought Christianity to Scotland. The name may also be a nickname derived from the Old English word rouse, which means red or red-haired.

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The surname Ross was first found in the old monastery of Applecross founded by St. Maelrubha where they were hereditary abbots who later created the Earls of Ross. Their territory was Faster Ross and the first documented Chief was Fearchar Mac ant-Saqairt (a Farquhar), the priest's son, who helped King Alexander II against the old Celtic dynasty. Farquhar joined forces with the King to crush a rebellion in the province of Moray in 1215. Even though he was a direct descendent of the Irish King Niall of the Nine Hostages, he was granted a Norman knighthood by King Alexander and, a few years later, the Earldom of Ross (1234).

At this time, Tain, an early shrine created by St. Dutlac, was the capital of Ross. Now a ruin, it played an important role in Scotland's religious history during the Middle Ages. In the late 15th and early 16th century King James IV made annual pilgrimages there. However, battered by its enemies, and many of its relics destroyed by changing religious influences, the capital was transferred to the town of Dingwall.

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Ross has been spelled Ros, Roose, Ross, Ruse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ross research. Another 573 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1372, 1390, 1400, 1600, 1715, 1745, 1745, 1372, 1656, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Ross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the Clan from early times was William, 5th Earl of Ross (died 1372); Euphemia, William's daughter became a heiress who carried the title by marriage to Sir Walter Leslie, the title passed to the Lord of the Isles through their son; Sir Andrew Leslie, though before that...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Ross family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Rosss to arrive on North American shores:

Ross Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Ross, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Alester Ross, who landed in America in 1652

Ross Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Ross, who landed in New York in 1710
  • Charles Ross, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Christopher Ross, aged 55, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Jean Ross, who landed in New York, NY in 1738
  • Anneal Ross, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740-1741
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Ross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Casper Ross, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Gerret Ross, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Anna Ross, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1807
  • John Ross, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • Eleanor Ross, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
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Ross Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Ross, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Christina Ross, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Donald Ross, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Janet Ross, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. Donald Ross U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1776 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Ross Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Ross, aged 35, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Donald Ross, aged 22, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Finlay Ross, aged 50, arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • George Ross, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • William Ross, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
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Ross Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Simon Ross, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Ross, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Robert Ross arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Lady Mary Pelham" in 1836
  • Robert Ross arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
  • William Ross arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
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Ross Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Ross, aged 21, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Robert Ross, aged 23, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • Mary Ross, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • James Ross, aged 37, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Catherine Ross, aged 36, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
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  • Richard S. Ross (1924-2015), American cardiologist, Dean of Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine from 1975 to 1990
  • Colonel, USAF, RET. Jerry L. Ross (b. 1948), NASA Astronaut with over 1,393 hours in space
  • Charles Griffith Ross (1885-1950), White House Press Secretary between 1945 and 1950 for Harry S. Truman and won a 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977), American politician, Governor of Wyoming
  • Diana Ross (b. 1944), American singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Master Sergeant Wilburn Kirby Ross (b. 1922), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Captain (USN) Donald Kirby Ross (1910-1992), American Navy officer who received the first Medal of Honor of World War II
  • Sir Katherine Juliet Ross (b. 1940), American film and stage actress
  • Harold Wallace Ross (1892-1951), American editor
  • George Ross (1943-2016), Scottish footballer who played from 1960 to 1974 and managed Southport in 1983
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Ross Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Ross, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Thomas Ross (1889-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Detroit, Michigan, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Eileen  Ross (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Clifford  Ross (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Freddie  Ross (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Maggie Carey  Ross (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Doris  Ross (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Donald Ross (1899-1941), Australian Petty Officer Steward from Earlwood, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. James Thompson Ross (1913-1941), Australian Supply Petty Officer from Manly, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry Ross, English Barkeeper from Aintree, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. E. W. Ross, Irish Fireman from Wexford, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Horace Leopold Ross, aged 36, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Mr. John Hugo Ross (d. 1912), aged 36, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • The Baron, The Logger, the Miner, and Me by John H. Toole.
  • Crossroads in Kansas: A Stearns-Ross Genealogy by Phyllis Ross Kostner.
  • History of the Clan Ross by Alexander M. Ross.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spem successus alit
Motto Translation: Success nourishes hope

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Ross
Anders, Andree, Andres, Andrew, Andrews, Andro, Androe, Androh, Andros, Andrough, Androw, Androwe, Ategard, Ategarde, Ategart, Ategarte, Ategeard, Ategearde, Ategeart, Ategerd, Ategert, Ategord, Attegard, Attegarde, Attegart, Attegarte, Attegeard, Attegearde, Attegeart, Attegerd, Attegert, Attegord, Cerrison, Charrison, Cockurbat, Coourbat, Corban, Corband, Corbane, Corbant, Corben, Corbend, Corbent, Corbet, Corbets, Corbett, Corbetts, Corbin, Corbind, Corbint and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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  1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Ross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ross Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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