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Transferred use of the common surname, originally from the Old French nickname Rousel ‘little red one’ (a diminutive of rous ‘red’, from Latin russus). Use as a given name may have been inspired by the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), who was noted for his liberal agnostic views and his passionate championship of causes such as pacifism (in the First World War), free love, and nuclear disarmament. He was the grandson of the Victorian statesman Lord John Russell (1792–1878).
206th in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
366,348
to be exact
Utah
has the most people named Russell per capita
1914
marked the height of its popularity
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39%
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45%
30-54
10%
13-29
5%
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