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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish
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.
The surname Ross was first found in as hereditary abbots of the old monastery of Applecross founded by St. Maelrubha, 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 (l234). 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.
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 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Ross History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 177 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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 America. 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
Ross Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ross Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Ross Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Ross Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Ross Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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
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...More
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.
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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