The surname Russell, or Russel, is believed to have personal origins, rather than territorial. The name in Scots occurs twice with ‘dictus’ and never with the prefix ‘de’, it is thought that it is a diminutive of rous, meaning ‘red’. Infact, in one of Chaucer’s tales, he calls a fox ‘Daun Russel’, referring to its reddish colour.
A charter to the Abbey of Paisley by Walter filius Alani, sometime between 1164 and 1177, was witnessed by Walter Russell. read the clan history >