When John Ross Hood was born on 19 January 1901, in Howick Township, Huron, Ontario, Canada, his father, William Hood, was 33 and his mother, Jane Ross, was 26. He married Marjorie Kent on 25 October 1923, in Barre City, Washington, Vermont, United States. He immigrated to United States in 1915 and lived in Huron, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years and Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. He died on 13 May 1960, in Lewistown, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Camp Hill, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States.
English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English hod, hood, hodde ‘hood’, either for someone who wore a hood (like the medieval folk hero Robin Hood) or who made and sold hoods. In Kent and Sussex the name may sometimes have been confused with Hoad .
English: from the Middle English personal name Hod(e), a variant of Ode or Odd with prosthetic H-; see Ott and Oates and compare Hodson 2.
English and Scottish: variant of Hudd, from the Middle English personal name Hudde, Hutte, which could represent Old English Hud(d)a or its ancient Germanic equivalent Hud(d)o, but is more likely from Anglo-Norman French Hud(de), a pet form of Hugh.