Ross Family Crest


Ross family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Ross family crest

Argent (silver) - signifies the sincerity and peaceful nature of Ross family members in normal times throughout history.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Ross family when called upon.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Ross family crest

The three Lions - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The hand holding the Laurel - in ancient times was used as a symbol of victory and achievement. In this case, likely symbolising early Ross family members achievement in battle or service to others.


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Origins of the Ross family name

The Ross family name has origins in Ireland, Scotland and England. 

In Ireland, the name is may be derived from the Gaelic description of a 'headland' with Irish origins and was used in the area of Galway in the 12th century.

It also has connections to the old norse word for 'red' which may be connected to red hair.

The name is associated with Clan Ross, a Scottish clan that traces its origins back to the 12th century. The clan also takes its name from the Scottish place name Ross, which is thought to derive from the Old Norse word for "headland".

In England, It is thought that the name was derived from the Old Norman name 'Hros', which meant "horse" or "stallion", meaning one who was a skilled horseman. 


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Summary of the Ross family and the Ross family crest

  • Ross is an anglicised form of the Gaelic name 'O'Ruadh'.
  • The name Ross is derived from the Old Norse 'rost', meaning 'red'.
  • Ross is the name of an ancient Irish clan from County Mayo, which was a branch of the O'Neill dynasty.
  • The Ross clan were one of the 'Four Tribes of Galway'.
  • The Ross clan were dispossessed of their lands during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.
  • The Ross clan supported James II in the Williamite War in Ireland.
  • Ross clan descended from the ancient Celtic earls of Ross, who controlled the region of Ross in northern Scotland.
  • Over the centuries, the Ross family name has been associated with a number of different places in England, including the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Essex. In the 19th century, the Ross family name was also common in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Some Ross families in America can trace their ancestry back to the 1600s, when they emigrated from Scotland. Other Ross families arrived in America during the same period, when they immigrated from Ireland.
  • Over the years, the Ross family name has been associated with many different regions of the United States, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.