Rosemary

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Gender: F Meaning of Rosemary: "the rosemary plant" Origin of Rosemary: Latin Rosemary's Popularity in 2013: #533

One of the original smoosh names, this amalgam of two classics projects a sweet, somewhat old-fashioned sensibility; it could come back as an aromatic nature/herb name.

In ancient legend, Rosemary was draped around Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. It was regarded then as beneficial in strengthening the memory and became a symbol for faithful lovers. In Hamlet, Ophelia says "There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember."

The name was long associated with George Clooney's aunt, the great pop singer Rosemary; less pleasant associations are with the 1967 movie Rosemary's Baby.

A common variation is Rosemarie; many parents are now looking to the stand-alone nickname Romy.

Famous People Named Rosemary

Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress, aunt of actor George Clooney
Rosemary LaPlanche, actress and Miss America 1941
Rosemary "Rosie" Casals, American tennis player
Rosemary Ann Harris, English actress
Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy, eldest daughter of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy, sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Rosemary Altea, English medium, author and TV personality

Pop Culture References for the Name Rosemary

Rosemary Woodhouse, main character in Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" and 1968 film
Rosemary Pilkington, character in musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Rosemary Dawkins, character in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
Rosemary Lewis, intellectual in "Cumberland in The Silken Net" (1974) by Melvyn Bragg
Rosemary Shanahan, character in movie "Shallow Hal"
Rosemary, couple name for Rose Lalonde and Kanaya Maryam in webcomic "Homestuck"
Rosemary, character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
Rosemary, main character in 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler
Rosemary Daniels, character in Australian soap "Neighbours"
Rosemary Venitia King, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
'Dear Rosemary', song by Foo Fighters
"Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes," song by Edison Lighthouse

Rosemary's International Variations

Rosemarie (French)

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