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Origin and popularity of the name GROSS


Gross : 1: German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a big man from Middle High German grōz ‘large corpulent’ German gross. This surname is also established in some other parts of Europe most notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In Poland Czechia Slovakia Slovenia and Croatia it is also found (in Slovenia almost exclusively) in the Slavicized form Gros (see also 3 below). The Jewish name has been Hebraicized as Gadol.2: English: descriptive nickname for a big man from Middle English gros grosse groce ’large; heavy’ also meaning ‘simple plain’ from Old French gros ‘big fat’ (from Latin grossus ‘thick’) a word of ancient Germanic origin thus etymologically the same word as in 1 above.3: Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Polish Croatian or other Slavic Gros itself of German origin (see 1 above).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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