Gender: Female Meaning of Primrose: "first rose" Origin of Primrose: English flower name

Primrose Origin and Meaning

The name Primrose is a girl's name of English origin meaning "first rose".

Still found in quaint British novels, and until recently considered a bit too prim for most American classrooms, some adventurous namers are suddenly beginning to see Primrose as an attractive member of the rose family.

In the H. E. Bates book and 90's British TV series, The Darling Buds of May, there is a character named Primrose Violet Anemone Iris Magnolia Narcissa Larkin--who has twin sisters named Zinnia and Petunia. More current is young Primrose "Prim" Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Curiously, Primrose was first used as a Scottish surname.

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Primrose's International Variations

Primarosa, Primorosa (Spanish)


fearlessfirefly Says:


I love the name Galilea Primrose.

Jupiter Callisto Says:


While I do like the Hunger Games, besides that this is a very pretty name. It sounds nice and I love the spelling.

MargotBear Says:


Has it!? I've never met a single person called this in my life! Then again, I suppose they might go by Rose or Rosie...

ceruleanstardust Says:


I thought exactly the same; I still can't believe it's reached the top 200 in England.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


It has here in the UK. Last seen sitting at #232 and continuing to grow in popularity, no doubt. I still love it though.

Bassilly Says:


It's 3 years later and still hasn't broken the top 1000!

bethlena Says:


This is a beautiful name, there is just something about it that I am uncertain about. Perhaps it is better suited as a middle name for a daughter, but as a first name, I personally would not use it. The name is beautiful nonetheless.

bordercollie Says:


I adore Primrose, such a sweet name. I don't find it as cutesy as some do. I don't think it's pretentious or snotty, both of which I've heard people describe it as. The nicknames Prim, Rose, and Rosie are adorable.

nml28 Says:


I honestly can't get on board with this... it seems overly cutesy and a little pretentious. I can't really picture it on a real person.

DJ_Daffy73 Says:


agreed, love the name, but the Hunger Games might ruin it a bit,

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is stunning. I'm always somewhat surprised that it isn't way more popular.

sirens_sam Says:


Honestly, with regards to the Hunger Games I dont think Primrose will reach the amount of popularity that Isabella did after twilight because it is more obscure then Isabella. Do I think it will gain popularity? Yes. However I dont think it will break the top 100 names or get to the point where a child with this name will be 1 of many. You dont see Pita, Katniss or Gale gaining to much popularity.

rgp19 Says:


Agreed, I love it as a middle name. I also think it makes a lovely surname.

lesliemarion Says:


I have no use for The Hunger Games, but this was a lovely name for many years before it existed.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Primrose is sweet, delicate and undoubtedly feminine. It is also a rare and rather obscure choice that has the more elegant, upper-class vibe that I tend to favour. However, there is one great drawback to this name, and that is the Hunger Games series. Don't get me wrong - the name itself is usable, and the character backing it is a positive one so there is no need to wait for it to 'die down' (which it won't anyway - not any time soon, at least).

However, due to a series of events which I shall not describe (in case there are people here who haven't read the books), by the end of the series I guarentee that EVERY parent out there is going to want to name their daughter Primrose in homage to the character. Which means that, in just another year or two, Primrose is going to be one of the hottest trendy names going.

So if you, like me, value the name because it is so under the radar, then I would advise that you stay away from this choice. Because rest assured, it WILL become popular - maybe even enough to rival the likes of Sophia and Elizabeth. And anyone whose chosen this name for a future daughter because of how exotic and unusual it is, is ultimately going to be disappointed.

It's a real shame since Primrose is just so damn gorgeous but, I know that I personally wouldn't be comfortable with my daughter being Primrose 1 or Primrose C. in class. So unfortunately, as much as I adore it, it's a no-go for me.

Jennifer Lawrence Says:


Okay. Primrose is a beautiful name and people can use the name even if the Hunger Games don't die down...... to be quite honest. The hunger games will be known for years to come because it's so popular. So the hunger games won't exactly "die down" like Twilight never truly "died down" because of their fans. I'm just putting out there that the fact is mute. So Primrose can be used as a name and no one should tell people that you think they should use the name till THG "dies down".

Jennifer Lawrence Says:


Yeah it's a beautiful name. My daughter has 2 middle names and one of them is Primrose.

Shishi Says:


Id totally use this a a middle

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't even remember when I wrote that... ?! I must have been in a snippy mood that day. Here, I'll change it.

eveyalecia Says:


A primrose is a flower all on its own. Not any more "overdone" than Rose, or Iris, or Poppy, or any other flower name, really.

strawberrydino Says:


I like it

Giinkies Says:


I think this name is a bit much, but the nicknames Rose and Rosie make it more approachable.

senseandsensibility Says:


I'd definitely consider this name for the future child. Prim is such a sweet nickname, and she could go by Rose to sound more professional.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Not my favorite, although I do like flower names. I prefer Rose personally, however Primrose is not bad.

Myosotis Says:


There was a girl in my old school called Primrose, and it just suited her, even tough she wasn't particularly girly or flowery or anything. I never found it weird or unusual (and still don't), but I suppose I didn't really think about names back then.

AnonymousPerson Says:


This sounds more like a name for a pony or a rabbit than for a person.

SunKissedChild Says:


Love the name Primrose, would definitely consider it as a middle name

CocoWhite Says:


Until this whole Hunger Games craze dies down a bit, I think it's better to just go with Rose.