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

The name Primrose is a girl's name of English origin meaning "first rose". Primrose and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop two, add one Girls names".

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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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Famous People Named Primrose

Primrose Catherine Anderson-Stuart Potter, Australian socialite and philanthropist
Primrose "Pitty Pat" Dunlop, Australian socialite, daughter of Primrose Potter and Roger Dunlop
Primrose Cumming, English novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Primrose

Primrose Violet Anemone Iris Magnolia Narcissa Larkin, character in The Darling Buds of May novels and TV series
Primrose Woodmouse, character in the Brambly Hedge children's book series
Primrose "Prim" Everdeen, character in The Hunger Games trilogy, sister of Katniss Everdeen
Primrose Gamgee, hobbit character in The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The surname comes from the name of Primrose in Fife, Scotland, a place originally named Prenrhos, literally "tree-moor" in Welsh. It is the family name of the Earls of Rosebery.

Primrose's International Variations

Primarosa, Primorosa (Spanish)