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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