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Gender: F Meaning of Rosa: "rose, a flower" Origin of Rosa: Latinate variation of Rose Rosa's Popularity in 2013: #656

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As sweet-smelling as Rose but with a little more substance, Rosa is one of the most classic Spanish and Italian names, which is also favored by upper-class Brits, having an ample measure of vintage charm. Now ranking at Number 656, Rosa has been on the popularity charts for every year that's been counted, especially popular from the 1880's through the beginning of the twentieth century.

The name of a thirteenth century saint, Rosa has several other notable namesakes. In literature, she was a character in David Copperfield. Rosa Parks is a Civil Rights icon, Rosa (born Marie-Rosalie) Bonheur was a noted nineteenth century French artist, Rosa Ponselle an American operatic soprano and Rosa Luxemburg a left-wing activist. In the modern world there have been several Rosas in video games, including Final Fantasy IV.

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Famous People Named Rosa

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, American civil rights leader
Rosa Bonheur, French painter
Rosa Luxembourg, German-Jewish communist thinker
Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos Mota, Portuguese Olympic marathoner
Rosa Blasi, American actress
Rosa Lopez, Spanish singer
Rosa Mendes (born Milena Leticia Roucka), Canadian pro wrestler
Rosa Vercellana aka Rosina, mistress of Italy's King Victor Emmanuel II
Rosa Ponselle, American operatic soprano
Junia Rosa Ruth (b. 2010), daughter of Zac and Kate Hanson

Pop Culture References for the Name Rosa

Rosa, mother on animated series "Maya & Miguel"
Rosa, character in the game 'Assassin's Creed II'
Rosa Hubermann, character in book/movie "The Book Thief"
Rosa, character in the video game "Castlevania"
Rosa Farrell, character in game "Final Fantasy IV"
Rosa, character in the game "Kizuna Encounter"
Rosa Ushiromiya, character in graphic novel "Umineko no Naku Koro ni"