Female, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Rossa is an Italian word meaning “red”, the feminine singular of rosso (red) which comes from Latin russus (red) derived from a PIE root word. Rossa is the name of several places located in Italy and is also an Italian surname originating from the locational name.

Rossa could also be used as a feminine form of Ross, a Scottish and English surname via a place name meaning “promontory, headland” from Scottish Gaelic ros which ultimately comes from a PIE root word. Ros also means “linseed, flax”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Rossella (Italian diminutive of Rossa)
  • Ross (Scottish, English)
  • Russa (Latin)


Male forms:

  • Ross (Scottish, English)
  • Rosso (Italian)
  • Russus (Latin)



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