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Gender: F Meaning of Rosamund: "horse protection" Origin of Rosamund: German

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This lovely, quintessentially British appellation, also spelled Rosamond, is the name of a legendary twelfth-century beauty. Rare on these shores, it is more than worthy of importation.

There was a time when Rosamund wasn't quite so unusual in the US--she ranked on the Top 1000 from 1881 to 1930, reaching 574 in 1912.

Early on, the name was associated with 'fair Rosamond' Clifford, mistress of Henry II, whose story was the basis of the Joseph Addison opera Rosamund and the Swinburne play of the same name. Rosamund Vincy is a character in George Eliot's novel Middlemarch.

Another, literal, translation of the names meaning is 'rose of the world.'

A current bearer is actress and one-time Bond girl Rosamund Pike--who has a son named Solo.

Famous People Named Rosamund

Rosamund Clifford, mistress of King Henry II of England, known as "Fair Rosamund" or "Rosa Mundi" ("The Rose of the World")
Rosamund Pike, actress
Rosamunde Pilcher, Cornish author

Pop Culture References for the Name Rosamund

Lady Rosamund Painswick, character on Downton Abbey
Rosamund Musgrove, character in Eudora Welty's 1942 novella The Robber Bridegroom
Rosamund, daughter of Walter Vincy (Mayor of Middlemarch) and wife to Dr Tertius Lydgate in George Eliot's Middlemarch (1871-2)
Rosamund Larne, daughter-in-law to Silvanus Heythorp in Galsworthy's A Stoic (1918)
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, art gallery in Santa Monica, California

Ros, Rosamond, Rosamunde, Roz

Rosamund's International Variations

Rosemonde, Rosemonda (French) Rosmunda, Rosemund (Italian) Rosemunda (Spanish)