First name origin & meaning:

French: Red-haired

First name variations: Rousse, Rusk, Ruskin, Rush, Russell, Russ, Russel

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived by a prominent elm tree, Rust (Old High German ruost), or in northern Germany for someone who lived by a resting place or halt along a route, from Middle Low German ruste ‘rest’.
  2. English (chiefly East Anglia) and Scottish: nickname for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Old English rūst ‘rust’ (from a Germanic root meaning ‘red’).
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