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Origin: Israel
Region Origin: Western Asia

Russell is a given name that originated from the surname Russell, which in turn derives from the French name "russel" (Old Norse "rossel") meaning "red-haired". The name is also a variation of the Norman-originated French name "roussel," which means "red-haired". The name Russell may be shortened to Russ or Rusty and has been used as a given name for centuries. The name has a rich history with origins in both Old French and Norse languages. The Old French word "rous" means "red," and the addition of the suffix "-el" created the name Russell. The name has been established in Ireland since the 12th century and has been reinforced in Britain and Ireland by Huguenot bearers of the name Roussel. Some famous bearers of the name include Russell Crowe, Russell Brand, and Bertrand Russell.

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