Word/nameGermanic or Latin
Region of originGermanic countries (Germany, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Scandinavian region) or Roman Empire (Latin)
Other names
See alsoRobert, Roger, Rudolph, Roland, Roderick, Rodney

Rose is a given female name. It is a late Latin name derived from rosa, meaning "rose". Nicknames are Rosa, Rosie, Rosalie, Rosalia, Rosina, Rosaria and Rosalina. Similar names are Rosanna, Roseanne and Rosamunde. It may be a short form of Rosemary.


Rose was originally a Norman form of a German name Hrodheid, composed of the words Hrod ("fame") and Heid ("kind", "type"). It was originally spelled (by the Normans) Roese or Rohese.[1] It was used in England, Italy, and France throughout the Middle Ages,[2] and its popularity increased during the 19th century while still regarded as being a flower name. The name of the flower has the etymology of Old English rōse from the Latin rosa; phonetically linked to the Greek rhódon, which is independent of the etymology of the surname Rose. Distinctions can sometimes be made between individuals who derive this given name after the surname and those who are named after the flower.[3]

Rhoda, as in Acts 12:12-15, is the Greek equivalent. St. Rose of Lima was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized.

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People with the given name

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See also


  1. ^ "Meaning, origin and history of the name Rose".
  2. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, origin and history of the name Rose". Behind the Name. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  3. ^ "the definition of rose".