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The Story of Paul Ross’s Immigration to Canada

The story of Paul Ross’s Immigration from Hungary to Canada     

Among the criteria of health standards set for Hungarian people applying for immigration to Canada in 1929, Paul Gross failed the visual acuity test. Ingenuity bore him a second chance at the vision exam! Paul memorized the vision test. He dropped the G from his surname of Gross, and re-applied as Paul Ross in the application process. His then success gave rise to his Canadian descendants bearing the name Ross. At the time of Paul’s immigration, Ross was considered a favourable surname among the Canadian government’s preference for immigrants from northern European counties of origin. Today, through the evolution of cultural diversification within the Canadian population, Paul Ross’s descendants enjoy friendships with well-respected people from a close-by Hutterite colony, who bear his original surname of Gross!