First name origin & meaning:

French: Red-haired; foxlike

First name variations: Russell, Rusty, Rusti, Russel

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: variant spelling of Rouse.
  2. German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with hrōd ‘renown’.
  3. German (of Slavic origin): from Old Slavic rusu ‘reddish’, ‘blond’, hence a nickname or an ethnic name meaning ‘Russian’.
  4. Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived by a scree, Middle High German ru(o)zze.
  5. In some instances the name referred to personal or business connections with Russia, the country of the Reussen, from Middle High German Riusse.
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