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Easter Ross
Personal Names

Notwithstanding all that has been done 5n promoting intercommunication between this district and the rest of the country it is surprising to find how decendants of the clans originally holding possession here seem to stick to their own old homes. This is the home of the Clan Ross and out of a voters’ list (Parliamentary and Parochial) of 2,554 no fewer than 495 bear the name of Ross. After them come the Mackenzies with 218 representatives. The following table shows the ten most popular surnames with their distribution in the various Parishes.

There are representatives of nearly every other clan. There are Camerons and Chisholms, Gunns and Grants, Macleans and Macraes, Morrisons and Murrays, Sinclairs and Forbes, etc.

As to Christian names by far the most common here as elsewhere is John, of whom no fewer than 390 are on the lists, and there are altogether 67 bearing the name John Ross. Next in order comes Alexander which name appears 286 times. The others most common are Wiiliam, 270; Donald, 236; George, 139; James, 138; David, 87; and Robert, 53. Next in order follow Hugh, Andrew, Murdo, Finlay, Thomas, Duncan, Angus, and Henry. Many of the surnames can easily be accounted for by those who know the social history of the district. Thus the Border surnames appeared when sheep farming was introduced, Vass and Skinner when a social experiment was made in the seventeenth century. Sport and commerce account for quite a large number of the English names found in the lists.

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