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First name origin & meaning:

French: Red-haired

First name variations: Rousse, Rusk, Ruskin, Rust

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: topographic name for someone who lived among rushes, from Middle English rush (a collective singular, Old English rysc), or perhaps an occupational name for someone who wove mats, baskets, and other articles out of rushes.
  2. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruis ‘descendant of Ros’, a personal name perhaps derived from ros ‘wood’. In Connacht it has also been used as a translation of Ó Luachra (see Loughrey).
  3. Irish: Anglicized form (translation) of Gaelic Ó Fuada, ‘descendant of Fuada’ a personal name meaning ‘hasty’, ‘rushing’ (see Foody).
  4. Altered spelling of German Rüsch or Rusch (see Rusch) or Rosch.
  5. Benjamin Rush (1745–1813), a physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in the PA farming community of Byberry. He was descended from John Rush, a yeoman from Oxfordshire, England, who came to Byberry in 1683.

Famous people with this last name: Geoffrey Rush

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