"little rose"

Roisin Origin and Meaning

The name Roisin is a girl's name of Irish, Irish Gaelic origin meaning "little rose".

No, the pronunciation--ro-SHEEN--isn't immediately obvious to the non-Gaelic viewer, but the sound of this shiny Irish version of Rose is pretty enough to make it worth considering. Very popular in its native Ireland, it's one of many Irish girl names finding a wider audience. Earlier generations Anglicized at as Rosaleen, but we stay stick to the original.

The name has been associated with a 16th-17th century poem called Roisin Dubh (Dark Little Rose), the eponymous heroine of which is usually regarded as a personification of Ireland.

Singer Sinead O'Connor has a daughter named Róisin.

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Famous People Named Roisin

  • Róisín Marie MurphyIrish singer,songwriter and record producer
  • Roisin Marcella ConatyEnglish comedienne
  • Roisin McGettiganIrish runner
  • Róisín Ostage name of Róisín O'Reilly, Irish singer,songwriter; daughter of singer Mary Black
  • Róisín MullinsBritish TV presenter and dancer
  • Róisín ShortallIrish politician
  • Roisin McAuleyIrish radio presenter and novelist
  • Roisin Dunne RossIrish musician of band 7 Year Bitch
  • Roisín CarlinIrish pop singer
  • Roisin MeaneyIrish novelist
  • Roisin Hoganaccountant and contestant on British TV series "The Apprentice"
  • Róisin Dillonmember of an Irish,American music group Cherish The Ladies
  • Roisin Waters (b. 1994)daughter of singer Sinead O'Connor and journalist John Waters
  • Saoirse Roisin Hill (b. 1997)daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill; granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy

Roisin in Pop Culture

  • Roisincharacter on TV's "Sinbad"
  • Roisin Connorcharacter on British TV series "Bad Girls"
  • "Roisin Dubh" Irish song meaning "Black Rose"
  • Roisin Hastingswife of Superintendent Ted Hastings on British TV drama "Line of Duty"