Russell Mania

Russell Mania

The name Russell is said to be of Scottish origin (or possibly English or Irish), meaning “the little red one”. It is also said that it might have derived from an old French nickname “Rousel”, meaning someone with red hair or a red face. The name is also sometimes associated with a red fox and vixen.

Some of the famous people sharing this name are philosopher Bertrand Russell, author Russell Baker, actor Russell Crowe, actress Jane Russell, singer Leon Russell, and more.

Now let’s move on with the subject of this post — my attempt to bring you anything and everything on the face of this planet (or beyond) that has this name on it! If you know of anything that I’ve missed here, then please let me know.

Russell Square (London, England)

Russell SqaureRussell Square is a large garden square, named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family’s London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with Covent Garden (Bedford Street). Russell Square was formed when new streets were laid out by the Duke on the site of the gardens of his former home Bedford House, their London seat.

Russell Square Tube Station (London, England)

A London Underground station on Bernard Street, Bloomsbury, not far from the British Museum, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Russell Square Gardens. Opened on 15 December 1906, the station is located in Travelcard Zone 1, between Holborn and King’s Cross St Pancras on the Piccadilly Line. Russell Square is a little station, but it does get a lot of tourists.

USS Russell (Home Port: Pearl Harbor, USA)

The primary mission of USS Russell (DDG-59) is to destroy enemy aircraft, missiles, submarines, surface ships, and land targets in order to prevent the employment of such forces against U.S. forces. USS Russell will normally be assigned to a carrier battle group. USS Russell has been designed to defeat simultaneous attacks involving large numbers of enemy surface ships, submarines, aircraft, and missiles.

The ship was named after Rear Admiral John Henry Russell, who is famous for his Civil War heroics in Pensacola Harbor.

Russell Cave (Alabama, USA)

For more than ten thousands years, Russell Cave was home to prehistoric peoples. Russell Cave provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 6500 B.C. to 1650 A.D. The cave shelter archaeological site contains the most complete record of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. It contains the oldest prehistoric fossils found anywhere in the United States.


Russell Falls (Tasmania, Australia)

One of Tasmania’s best known scenic attractions, this 3-tier waterfall is located in Mount Field National Park. Accessible by paved walking track, the falls are a popular tourist attraction. The tiered walls of Russell Falls are composed of horizontally bedded marine Permian siltstone benches.


The Russell Institute (Paisley, Scotland)

The Russell Institute building was donated by Miss Agnes Russell to the Burgh of Paisley on March 19, 1927. The building was built as a memorial to her two brothers Thomas Russell and Robert Russell, who had died in 1920 and 1923 respectively. The building was to be used as a clinic for the welfare of the children of the County of Renfrew and the Burgh of Paisley. The building was completed during 1926/1927.


Russell Steam Engine (Wales, UK)

Russell is one of the most famous narrow gauge steam engines in the world. Built in 1906, he is the only surviving engine from Welsh Highland Railway. Its bizarre history includes being built for a railway that never opened and narrowly escaping the scrapman several times before it was saved for preservation. Russell is currently out of service for major overhaul.

Hotel Russell (London, England)

A 4-star hotel at Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London. Formerly known as the Le Meridien Russell.

City of Russell (Russell County, Kansas, USA)

The City of Russell, which is the county seat of Russell County, was incorporated in 1872. Russell is a city of the second class and is the largest city in the county. The economy of Russell is primarily agriculture with some manufacturing. Zip code: 67665.

Russell Road (London, England)

One of the twenty London streets with this name.

Russell Road (Newbury, Berkshire, England)

Russell Street (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Russell Pond (North Woodstock, New Hampshire, USA)

Russell Pond campground is located in North Woodstock, off Tripoli Road, 3.7 miles east of I-93. This 40 acre mountain pond pond has always been a favorite picnic and fishing spot.

RussellRussellFishing opportunities are excellent thanks to regular stocking by the State of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. A boat launch is provided for easy access for fisherman as well as a dock designed for handicap access.

Mount Russell (California, USA)

Mount Russell is a beautiful peak in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, located immediately north of Mount Whitney. It rises to 14,088 feet or 4294 meters.

The south face of the mountain, visible from the summit of Whitney, is a twisted mass of buttresses and couloirs. The less-frequently seen west face is even more spectacular, consisting of a strikingly sheer 800-feet wall. It was named after Israel Cook Russell (1852-1906), a geology professor at the University of Michigan.

Russell Island (Queensland, Australia)

Russell Island has to be one of South East Queensland’s best kept secrets. Located only 50 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, it boasts panoramic views across Moreton Bay, Stradbroke Island and south towards the Gold Coast.
Russell IslandRussell Island is the largest of Southern Moreton Bay Islands, measuring 8km in length and 3km in width and has a population of between 2500 and 3000 people. There are many businesses located on the Island. Russell Island also has its own primary school, Queensland fire and rescue service and heli pad for emergencies. The weather is generally quite mild with the average temperature being 11-21 degrees in winter and 18-28 degrees in summer.

“Russell” in Different Languages

Here’s how to write “Russell” is different languages. If you know any language that I’ve missed out here, then please get in touch with me. Any help will be appreciated.

  • Binary: 01010010 01110101 01110011 01110011 01100101 01101100 01101100
  • Decimal: 82 117 115 115 101 108 108
  • Hexadecimal: 52 75 73 73 65 6C 6C
  • Octal: 122 165 163 163 145 154 154
  • MD5: 38779783dcaaaabd1cdd9d3459c8c71d
  • SHA1: f28b96c8f0039a59dd02b57e3603ae6ee78f9e5c
  • ROT13: Ehffryy
  • Polybius Square: 42 45 43 43 15 31 31
  • Radiotelephony: Romeo Uniform Sierra Sierra Echo Lima Lima
Arabic, Persian:
Macedonian, Serbian:
Russian, Ukrainian:

Barcode (Code 128):

Maritime Signal Flags:

Semaphore (Optical Telegraph):

“Good afternoon. Are you in need of any assistance today, sir?”

Russell, a character from Disney animation movie Up:

To be continued…

Last updated on October 17, 2009.

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  • Wow, nice to know that there are still Russell’s who are proud to be one. Oh, I noticed that I died in 1923 (LOL) as per your research.
    JHB South Africa

  • Great stuff. Don't forget the place where my ancestors came from: Russell Heights, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland.
    I'm from Chicago and now live in Florida.

  • I believe the Russell's in Scotland got there by land grants from the King of England. So while we see plenty of Russell's and businesses by the name of Russell in Scotland, we be invaders of some sort. That's the reason we do not have a clan or a tartan etc. The first Russell in Scotland was an English General is who did good for the King. I suppose we are Scotish by intermarriage now. But basically this is an English name, that shows up in many, many places and races. It was the 20th most common name in the United States in the early 1900's according to census data. Of course, one should not forget that we are what we eat, not what we are named. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hello! I'm a Russell as well…that was my maiden name and I'm currently trying to research my Russell ancestors. I've come to a complete stand still with my 6th grt.grandfather..Archibald B. Russell….was told they may have come from England, or Ireland…some have also said that they were Scotch-Irish. Anyway, I found your site interesting!

  • Interesting history.
    I currently live in Victoria BC; Canada
    My grandfather came from Dunfirmline in the late 1920's. I look forward to visiting Scotland and learning more!
    From the past lies the future.

  • Hi.
    The Russell family is actually quite easy to trace. Came to Southampton from Normandy (village of Rousel) prior to the Norman invasion and also as part of it. The name is from the Viking for red hair/beard.
    From there, spread to Kent, Bedford and Dorset areas. Some went to Scotland to rule the natives. Some went to Ireland for same reasons. There is a geneology site which shows distribution of the name over the past few hundred years which demonstrates this.
    Contrary to statements above, we do have a clan and two tartans. We also have our own whisky, brewed as a single malt in Scotland. (I believe my Mother has first dibs on it, so not much left for anyone else!).
    Always happy o help any Russells in their search for their roots. It's a family tradition that almost all Russells are related from a common ancestral family, so "hi", cousins!

  • Try heading on over to and join the Russell surname project which will provide you with a dna test kit to find out how you are related to other Russells. I've found some ancestors who came from Ireland in the not too distant past (late 1800s).

  • I didn't know something like this site existed! Thanks. I'm looking for all of you for genealogy stuff. I know one line of family comes from southern england, but that's about it.

  • My understanding is that us Russells did pretty well at the battle of Hastings and were granted lands as a reward. In addition I believe the first Russell arrived in America in 1635. Does that sound correct? Go Russells!

  • Hi! very interesting page. My name isnt Russel (that's how he spells his name. With a single 'l'), but my best friend's name is. For some reason i can't view the way Russel is spelt in diff languages. and i'd really like to know that, coz im looking out to emboss the name on a chain or bracelet for him. Could you help me out please? I'd especially love to know what the name looks like in the Romanian or Russian scripts.
    Loved readin this page. very interesting…

  • I have been into geneology on my side of the Russell's for some time.I have a hundred and ten year old Bible with names of Russell. My great grandfather was Simon Russell and I believe that the Pioneer of Orwell, PA. Dan Russell, is related. The Joyce Tice site has all the names from the Bible. Take a look !
    William Adelbert Russell
    [email protected]

  • Here in wales, so far im the only one ive met with this name, the thing that annoys me is how some retards spell my name… IT HAS TWO L's!!! Do you ever get that?

  • @ Russell Andrews: Always! Here’s how people usually writes my name here in Bangladesh: Rasel, Rusel, Russel… ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    Few people uses double S, but nobody uses double L!
    I don’t understand why.

    Till now I’ve met only one guy who wrote my name correctly… he was a fan of Bertrand Russell so knew the correct spelling.

  • What an interesting site! I am an Irish (Scots?) Russell. My family is from Waterford in the south east (where the crystal comes from). I would like to check out how we got there! I know there must have been Russells that moved from the lowlands of Scotland to Ulster, but did they keep moving south? Any info would be gratefully received. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • This is pretty cool. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I am glad I'm not the only one curious about where our last name came from. One day I was walking down the street and this guy who had just visited Wales asked me if I was Welsh. ha ha!
    Great site!

  • Hey people another Russell here :D, love the site, meant mention there is Russell Island did you mention that?
    lets keep russell-ing it up ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Hey cool site. I've always been interested in where my family name has come from. Just found out recently that my family may have immigrated to New Zealand from Scotland around 1890.

  • Hi all, grandfather,,Aubrey Russell,,greatgrandfather was R A Russell,, great great grandfather was Robert T Russell,, this takes us back to Maysville, Ky,,before that we came from Va,,,lol,, now I need some Help!!

  • This Russell thing keeps growing and thats GREAT ! There is a large Russell Cemetery in Rome,PA and many more Russells in that area including the Pioneer of Orwell, PA. Dan Russell.
    Keep up the good work ! William Adelbert Russell

  • This is fun! I am Bruce Russell, son of Iver (Mc Iver) Russell, son of Manning Russell, son of Wm James Russell, son of Simon Russell, son of Michael Russell Jr, son of James Russell, son of John Russell, whom I think, landed in Virginia, circa 1720, from a ship Captian'd by Daniel Russell, out of London. Oral tradition has it that my family originated in Scotland. My family migration is NC to SC to AL to AR and TX, and I ended growing up in California. I am now residing in the place where we started, Virginia. What goes around comes around! Love reading about all you Russell's out there. Enjoy!!

  • I have found out that the Russells (my grandfather's branch) came from Scotland and what I found out (which isn't much) is that we have a modern and ancient tartans, which we share with 3 other families and we came orignally from Normandy. Both my aunt and dad have tried or are trying to find out more about our family history and hope that somebody can help me.

  • Hello all you Russell’s,

    My grandmother, Pauline Russell, has done extensive work tracing our russell family back to John Russell in Dartmoth in the early 1600’s. I have a copy of the entire geneolgy if you are interested. this work includes the Goodale, Sherman, Wolfkill families along with others. Of course you may know, John Russell founded the town of New Bedford MA, where the Russell house still stands. The family owned the mill there and a farm called Russell’s point.

    If you are interested in more info, let me know. My grandmother is 95 and going stron. Great stock of course!

    Russ Henry
    [email protected]

  • Brilliant homage to our noble name!
    My grandfather, father, brother and son all share the great Russell name!Although it is now a first name for us, it comes from my great-grandmother's family name — we are descended from the Pittsfield, MA branch, which traces back to John Russell at Dartmouth.
    Indeed, we have been in the America's since the early 1600's.
    By the way, stay out of the bushes…

  • Yey!!
    I love your blog! I really appreciate you taking your time to explore the name of "Russell"… Though I was christnened using the contraction of "Russell", reducing it to only "Russel"…
    So, anyway, thanks!
    Very informative.. 5 thumbs up!!

  • So where is everybody? Thought I'd continue the Russell blog here. I love this blog.
    Anyone mention Russell Springs in Kentucky yet?
    I'm saving me pennies to go to Scotland, someday soon, then Wales, then England.
    Donna (from Texas)