Bross is a patronymic surname of German origin. The Latin name Ambrosius (of which "Bross" is a reduced form) was popular in early Christian Germany primarily because of the fame of Saint Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius), whose name comes from the Greek Αμβροσιος (Ambrosios) which means “immortal” or “divine.” The portion of the etymology of Aμβρόσιος from which Bross comes is βροτός (Brotos) which means "mortal."
|Meaning||"immortal" or "divine" (patronymic) or "to sprout or bud" (nonpatronymic)|
|Region of origin||Germany|
The 2000 United States Census records 2,486 individuals with the surname Bross living in the United States and there are roughly 7,000 individuals worldwide. 159 live in France though they are almost exclusively clustered in the regions to the extreme East, near the border with Germany. Thus, 66 percent of Brosses live in the US, Germany, and France, with the greatest concentration found in the German state of Baden-Württemberg centered around the western portions of the Black Forest.
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Prominent people surnamed BrossEdit
- Ancestry.com, "Bross Family History"
- MooseRoots.com, "Bross - Surname"
- Behind The Name - Ambrose
- Dictionary of American Family Names entry for "Bross" on page 235, see https://books.google.com/books?id=vG7MZ9J6dAgC&pg=PA235&lpg=PA235&dq=german+%22bross%22&source=bl&ots=JmrQ7sM7J4&sig=YmgYEyUPjddlV0K-sVUx-8uNLGs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiejLSOk8zRAhUrr1QKHXMSDggQ6AEISTAL#v=onepage&q=german%20%22bross%22&f=false
- Wiktionary.org, "Etymology of ἄμβροτος"
- Wiktionary.org, "Etymology of βροτός"
- American Last Names
- Bross Surname Meaning & Statistics
- Heir to the Empire Sourcebook by West End Games, p. 32