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Gender: F Meaning of Rose: "rose, a flower" Origin of Rose: Latin Rose's Popularity in 2014: #194

Rose, one of the old-time sweet-smelling flower names, has had a remarkable revival—first of all as a middle name—with parents (e.g., Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, Eric Clapton, Ewan McGregor) finding Rose to be the perfect connective, with more color and charm than old standbys like Sue and Ann. At this point in time, though, some parents are finding there are too many roses in the middle spot of the garden.

As a first name, Rose reached its highest point from 1896 to 1921, the early heyday of flower names, when it was in the Top 20, though it had been in use for centuries before. Rosy/Rosie is an irresistibly cheery nickname. There are any number of Rose offshoots, including Rosa, Rosetta, Roseanne, Rosanna, Rosemary, Rosamund, Rosalind, Rosalie, and Rosetta.

Rose and Rosie have long been celebrated in song, and notable Roses range from Rose Kennedy to Rose Byrne, and on-screen Roses have featured in a range of films and TV shows, from Titanic to Harry Potter to Golden Girls.

Famous People Named Rose

Rose Kennedy, American philanthropist
Rose Arianna McGowan, American actress
Rose Byrne, Australian actress
Rose Wilder Lane, American writer and politician; daughter of author Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rose Coyle, Miss America 1936
Rose Namajunas, professional martial artist
Josephine de Beauharnais, born Marie Josephe Rose, was called Rose until the age of 32, when she met Napoleon, who renamed her Josephine
Rose Leslie, Scottish actress
Rose McIver, New Zealand actress
Rose Valland, member of French Resistance
Poet Sienna Rose Goldberg, daughter of actress Soleil Moon Frye
Rose Levy Beranbaum, baker and cookbook author
Rose Falcon, singer-songwriter
Rose Beth Brown, daughter of actor Clancy Brown
Rose Jackson, American actress
Georgia Rose Dolenz, daughter of "Monkee" Micky Dolenz
Eden Rose Halsey, daughter of Jaime Moore & Steve Halsey
Rose Selfridge, wife of Harry Gordon Selfridge
Rose Dorothy Dauriac, daughter of Scarlett Johansson & Romain Dauriac
Joan Taylor (born Rose Marie Emma), American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Rose

Rose DeWitt-Bukater Calvert, character in movie "Titanic"
Rose Sayer, Katharine Hepburn's character in movie "The African Queen"
Rose Marion Tyler, companion of The Doctor from TV's "Doctor Who"
Rose Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series, daughter of Hermione and Ron
Rose/Shannen, character in book "The Cellar"
Rose Ashby, character in The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano
Rose MacClare, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Rose Nylund, Betty White's character on TV's "The Golden Girls"
Rose Campbell, main character of Louisa May Alcott's novels "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom"
Rose Erskine, character on BBC series "Ripper Street"
Rose Lalonde, character in the web comic Homestuck
Rose Narracott, from the movie "War Horse"
Rose Royce, American R&B group
Rose-Marie, character in the Vampire Diaries series
Rose Hsu Jordan, character in "The Joy Luck Club"
Rose Hathaway, character in the Vampire Academy series
Rose Russell, child character from TV series "American Gothic"
The Rose Bowl/Rose Parade
Can be a nickname for Primrose
Lady Rose, countess Treverton, character from Green city in the sun, by Barbara Wood
Rose Sommerset, character from the Ravenhearst series in Big Fish games' Mystery case files
Ruby Rose, main character from web series "RWBY"
Rose "Rosie" Cotton, sweetheart and later wife of Samwise Gamgee, from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."
Rose Calloway Cobolt, character in Krista and Becca Ritchie's Addicted Series
Rose of Sharon Cassidy, a character in 'Fallout: New Vegas'
Rose Quartz, character on animated series "Steven Universe"

Rosey, Rosie, Rozy, Rosy

Rose's International Variations

Rosetta, Rosana, Rosina, Rosa, Roseta (Italian) Arrosa (Basque) Ruzha, Ruza (Russian) Roísín, Roís (Irish Gaelic) Roza (Yiddish) Rozycka, Rozalia, Rasine (Polish) Rosine, Rosette, Roselle (French) Ruzena, Ruzenka (Czech) Rosita (Spanish)