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Gender: F Meaning of Rose: "rose, a flower" Origin of Rose: Latin Rose's Popularity in 2012: #261

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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 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.

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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

Pop Culture References for the Name Rose

Rose Sayer, Katharine Hepburn's character in "The African Queen"
Rose Marion Tyler, companion of The Doctor from "Doctor Who"
Rose Weasley, from "Harry Potter"
Rose Dawson Calvert, from "Titanic"
Rose Ashby, from "The Chemical Gardens" Trilogy
Rose Vaughn, character in "Red"
Rose MacClare, Downton ABbey character
Rose Nylund, Betty White's character on "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, MSPA character
Rose Narracott, from the movie "War Horse"
Rose Royce, American R&B group
Rose-Marie, Vampire Diaries character
Rose Hsu Jordan, from the book "The Joy Luck Club"by Amy Tan
Rose Hathaway, protagonist of the Vampire Academy book series

Rosey, Rosie, Rosy, Rozy

Rose's International Variations

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