English flower name
"first rose"

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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Famous People Named Primrose

  • Primrose Catherine AndersonStuart Potter, Australian socialite and philanthropist
  • Primrose "Pitty Pat" DunlopAustralian socialite, daughter of Primrose Potter and Roger Dunlop
  • Primrose CummingEnglish novelist
  • Dorothea Primrose CampbellScottish poet

Primrose in Pop Culture

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