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The ancestors of the Ros family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname 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.

Ros Early Origins



The surname Ros 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.


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Ros Spelling Variations


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Ros Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Ros has been spelled Ros, Roose, Ross, Ruse and others.

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Ros Early History


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Ros Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ros 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 Ros History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ros Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ros Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Ros Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ros In Ireland


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Ros In Ireland



Some of the Ros 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ros were among those contributors:

Ros Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Anton de Ros sailed to America in 1526
  • Juan Ros sailed to Peru in 1579

Ros Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Frederig Ros, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Henrich Ros, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1769

Ros Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Ros, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Anton De Ros, who arrived in America in 1826
  • J R Ros, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • David Ros, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Narciso Ros, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ros (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ros (post 1700)



  • Manuel León Ros, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Pascagoula, Mississippi, 1909
  • Edmundo William Ros OBE (1910-2011), born Edmund William Ross, Trinidadian musician, vocalist, arranger and bandleader
  • Arno Ros (b. 1942), German philosopher, Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ros Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ros 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 June 2016 at 10:33.

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