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Gender: Female Meaning of Roisin: "little rose" Origin of Roisin: Irish. "little rose"

The name Roisin is a girl's name of Irish, Irish Gaelic origin meaning "little rose". Roisin and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "The Renesmee Name Game".

From the experts:

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 is now at Number 34. 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

Roisin Marie Murphy, Irish singer-songwriter and record producer
Roisin Conaty, English comedienne
Roisin McGettigan, Irish runner
Róisín O, Irish singer-songwriter; daughter of singer Mary Black
Róisín Mullins, British TV presenter and dancer
Róisín Shortall, Irish politician
Roisin McAuley, Irish radio presenter and novelist
Roisin Dunne Ross, Irish musician of band 7 Year Bitch
Roisín Carlin, Irish pop singer
Roisin Hogan, accountant and contestant on British TV series "The Apprentice"
Róisin Dillon, member 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

Pop Culture References for the name Roisin

Roisin, character on TV's "Sinbad"
Roisin Connor, character on British TV series "Bad Girls"
"Roisin Dubh," Irish song meaning "Black Rose"


Elr5000 Says:


Could someone from Nameberry please change the pronunciation to RO-sheen? My husband is from Ireland and I know people with this name, and no one says it the way it's explained here. Trying to be accurate for anyone else considering this beautiful name!

jame1881 Says:


My favorite :)

blanchekeyes Says:


The meaning really makes me wanna like this name but all i see is raisin.

lillismonica Says:


My mum was Rosaleen, which I love. I think its so beautiful and feminine. Don't like Roisin at all. I'm living in Ireland. I don't think its that popular any more, you hear caoimhe and saoirse and Aoife loads. I hope Rosaleen comes back into fashion. when my mum was born, someone suggested rose, but my grandmother didn't like rose, so my mum got Rosaleen.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I just see Raisin

Lola Says:


Reminds me of rosin or raisin, but I still think it's cute!

AriellaBar Says:


My favorite Rose variant!

ashbee Says:


Such a beautiful name! I'm afraid it would be difficult to use in the US.

Zelliew Says:


Pretty sounding & a nice meaning too

Elr5000 Says:


The pronunciation is incorrect. Irish people commonly say the name as "RO-sheen."

MichelleTherese Says:


I love the sound of it: "Ro-sheen." It's unique and historic/literary.

Alicia1 Says:


Cute celtic sounding name once you see the pronunciation! Ro-sheen I think.

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