Names That Mean Rose

Names That Mean Rose

Names that mean rose are sweet and fragrant. Among flower names, names related to roses are some of the most classic and include vintage choices such as Rosalie, Rhoda, and Rosalind. However, the most common rose name is Rose itself.

Along with Rose, other girl names that mean rose in the US Top 1000 include Rosalie, Rosie, Rosa, Roselyn, and Rosalia. Boy names that mean rose are rarer, but exist. None rank in the Top 1000, but Rhodes, Raushan, and Rosen.

Fashionable names with hidden rosy meanings include Briallen, Laksha, Nasrin, and Zaria.

Names meaning rose may be used to honor an ancestral Rose, a flower lover, or a loved one born in June, for which rose is the birth flower.

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but that said, you can't beat names that mean rose. Here, our full bouquet, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. Rosalie
    • Origin:

      French variation of Latin Rosalia
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      Rosalie hit its apex in 1938 and then slid straight downhill until it fell off the U.S. Top 1000 completely in the 1980s, only to spring back to life in 2009 as the name of a character in the Twilight series. The beautiful vampire Rosalie Hale has breathed fresh life back into this mid-century name, and the fact that the character is both sympathetic and relatively minor means Rosalie has the chance to thrive again as a baby name without feeling unduly tied to Twilight.
  2. Rosalind
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "supple horse or pretty rose"
    • Description:

      Rosalind has a distinguished literary history – used and popularized by Edmund Spenser and Shakespeare via one of his most charming heroines, in As You Like It. Along with a bouquet of other Rose names, Rosalind might be ready for a comeback.
  3. Rosie
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      Rosy-cheeked and cheery, Rosie (also spelled Rosy) has been standing on her own for many decades, back to the days of 1943 musical Sweet Rosie O'Grady. She's one of the perky nickname-names that are filling the popularity lists of other English-speaking countries. In the US, she came back to the Top 1000 in 2013, after a 30 year hiatus.
  4. Primrose
    • Origin:

      English flower name
    • Meaning:

      "first rose"
    • Description:

      A quaint and quirky flower name, until recently considered a bit too prim for most American classrooms but brought back to life in recent years by the attractive character of Primrose "Prim" Everdeen in the Hunger Games series. In the Top 300 girl names in England and Wales and on Nameberry, Primrose remains rare in the US, but is made more accessible by a raft of sweet nickname options, including Rosie and Posy.
  5. Roisin
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "little rose"
    • Description:

      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.
  6. Zaria
    • Origin:

      African place-name and Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      Zaria, the name of the Nigerian capital city, could be another Z name for parents to consider. It currently ranks lower than variations Zariah and Zariyah.
  7. Rosemarie
    • Origin:

      Combination of Rose and Marie
    • Meaning:

      "rose flower + drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
    • Description:

      Rosemarie had its moment in the sun back in the middle of the last century, when parents were looking for new ways to recycle traditional family names. So a child might combine her two grandma's names and become Rosemarie (or Annmarie or Maryjean), but these combination names feel dated now.
  8. Rhoda
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      To those who remember, Rhoda is still reminiscent of the brassy Bronx 1970s sitcom Rhoda Morgenstern. But Rhoda has a much longer history--it is a name that can be found in the New Testament as a servant girl in the house of Mary, mother of John. Later, Rhoda appeared in the novel Vanity Fair and the Shaw play Man and Superman.
  9. Zala
    • Origin:

      Ethiopian or Slovene variation of Rozalija
    • Meaning:

      "a people from southwest Ethiopia; rose"
    • Description:

      Simple but sultry.
  10. Rhoswen
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "white rose"
    • Description:

      If you're looking for an unusual alternative to all those Rose names, Rhoswen might be a good choice. This name has the soft sounds we've come to love from the Welsh language but is still not as familiar as Bronwen and Rhiannon.
  11. Roise
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      A relative of the very popular (in Ireland) name Róisín ("little rose"), Róise comes from the Gaelic word for "rose". It’s one of the very old Irish names for girls, in use at least since the early 16th century. A cognate is Róis.
  12. Rosalina
    • Origin:

      Variation of Rosaline, English
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      A feminine and fragrant member of the Rose family.
  13. Nasrin
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "wild rose"
    • Description:

      Nasrin has a strong sound and lovely floral meaning. International variants include the Turkish Nesrin and Egyptian Nesreen.
  14. Bellerose
    • Origin:

      French and English
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful rose"
    • Description:

      A felicitous combo of two sweet names; also a Queens, New York neighborhood.
  15. Rosabel
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful rose"
    • Description:

      Rosabel, a vintage smoosh name created in the 18th century, feels slightly less frilly than her cousins Rosabelle and Rosabella. It could make for a more distinctive alternative to Isabel, or an unusual name that gets you to sweet nicknames Rosie or Belle.
  16. Meilin
    • Origin:

      Chinese
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful forest, beautiful rose"
    • Description:

      A good cultural crossover choice for Chinese-American parents, Meilin has a beautiful meaning, an on-trend sound, and is straightforward in terms of pronunciation in an English-speaking environment. Meilin is also the name of the protagonist of Pixar's film, Turning Red.
  17. Rosanna
    • Origin:

      Combination of Rose and Anna
    • Description:

      Rose lovers today would probably prefer Rosemary, Rosamund, or even Rose itself, all more stylish variations of the name. Some may associate this form of the name with actress Rosanna Arquette and your mom may think of SNL's Rosanne Rosanna-Danna, though that reference is lost on millennials.
  18. Rosewood
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "rose wood"
    • Description:

      A beautiful English surname that's also a type of richly colored timber, Rosewood makes an interesting spin on the Rose names for a boy. It is also the surname of Dr Beaumont Rosewood, Jr from the Fox police drama series Rosewood.
  19. Raizel
    • Origin:

      Yiddish
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      The most popular flower name in Israel, though that popularity does not extend to the US.
  20. Rosen
    • Origin:

      Cornish
    • Meaning:

      "rose"
    • Description:

      The masculine version of Rosen, pronounced ROH-zen, is a German and Bulgarian name, commonly seen as an element in Ashkenazi Jewish surnames. But Rosen, pronounced ROZ-en, is a modern Cornish word name used predominantly for girls.