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Gender: F Meaning of Rosemary: "the rosemary plant" Origin of Rosemary: Latin Rosemary's Popularity in 2012: #603

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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.

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Famous People Named Rosemary

Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress, aunt of American actor George Clooney
Rosemary LaPlanche, Miss America 1941

Pop Culture References for the Name Rosemary

Rosemary's Baby, horror movie
Rosemary Pilkington, from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes, '70s hit song by Edison Lighthouse
Rosemary Dawkins, character in book series "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls"
Rosemary Lewis, intellectual from Cumberland in The Silken Net (1974) by Melvyn Bragg
Rosemary Shanahan, from movie "Shallow Hal" played by Gwyneth Paltrow

Rosemary's International Variations

Rosemarie (French)