Gender: Female Meaning of Rosamund: "horse protection" Origin of Rosamund: German

Rosamund Origin and Meaning

The name Rosamund is a girl's name of German origin meaning "horse protection".

This lovely, quintessentially British appellation, also spelled Rosamond, is the name of a legendary twelfth-century beauty. Rare on these shores, it is more than worthy of importation.

There was a time when Rosamund wasn't quite so unusual in the US--she ranked on the Top 1000 from 1881 to 1930, reaching 574 in 1912. Today, fewer than 20 baby girls were given the name in the US, and fewer than five got the alternate version Rosamond.

Early on, the name was associated with 'fair Rosamond' Clifford, mistress of Henry II, whose story was the basis of the Joseph Addison opera Rosamund and the Swinburne play of the same name.

Another, literal, translation of the name"s meaning is 'rose of the world.'

A current bearer is actress and one-time Bond girl Rosamund Pike--who has a son named Solo.

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Famous People Named Rosamund

Pop Culture References for the name Rosamund

Roz, Rosamunde, Ros, Rosamond

Rosamund's International Variations

Rosmunda, Rosemund (Italian) Rosemunda (Spanish) Rosemonde, Rosemonda (French)


Aria Blackmore Says:


Congratulations! May she grow up to be as lovely as her name.

carmenandrea Says:


We welcomed our daughter Rosamund earlier this year and the only one at the hospital who said her name correctly without explanation was her German geneticist ;) I was also a little surprised to see so many places give the meaning as "horse protection" as I assumed it meant "pink mouth" as well. In some translations of Grimm's, Sleeping Beauty is given the name Rosamund, which makes the "rosy lips/pink mouth" meaning much more logical than "horse protection"

FractalShadow Says:


Obviously it has a history of being a girl's name, but it sounds like a boy's name to me. I like it for either gender.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I love all 'Rose' names. This one may be my least favourite.

onomastodon Says:


That's really interesting, and adds another layer of meaning to this lovely strong name.
I actually really like the original "horse protection" meaning (which is less comical in context - it fits well with other early medieval Germanic name constructions). I also like that people have adapted/reconstructed the name's etymology. It adds depth and complexity to the name, for me. From the medieval English (/Latin) "rose of the world" or "pure rose" to the modern German reconstruction as "pink mouth" (which, of course makes much more sense in modern German), the name seems to be adaptable to different cultures and contexts.

Aria Blackmore Says:


The traditional meaning in German is "pink mouth" or "rosy lips," not "horse protection," which is frankly hilarious. I'm surprised no one has mentioned that. Also, if you go by the German root, it's pronounced ross-a-mund (last part rhymes with mooned), not rose-a-mund (last part rhymes with fund).

Mary_Anne90 Says:


I'm with you there: this is also my favourite out of all the "roses" =) It's got substance without being too heavy for daily use...

Catgirlmri Says:


Well, it was pretty popular in the 1920s, so I can see why you haven't met anyone, but if you ask me, it is totally due for a comeback!

morning_glory Says:


Another meaning is "pure rose" (Latin: rosa munda) rather than "rose of the world" (rosa mundi). Behind the Name has an interesting note on this.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I say "roz", but both are used, and you can still use Rose or Rosie as nicknames, even if you don't pronounce it with a "rose" sound. I do personally love Roz as a short form, also.

alliebelle Says:


Something about the ending bothers me too. It's strong and lovely and... almost masculine? Rosalind, on the other hand...

beachbear Says:


I wish I liked this name. Something about the -mund ending bothers me. Plus I love Rose and Rosie, but I'm not a fan of other forms of Rose.

abertawe Says:


Pronunciation: "rose" or "roz" ?

EW314 Says:


This is such a stunning name! It's far and away my favourite of the "Rose" family (though apparently etymologically it actually has nothing to do with the flower). I love its strong -mund ending and its slightly medieval flavour. I'd definitely use this!

vintageisfave Says:


Love this!

lesliemarion Says:


I find it gorgeous.

Catastroffy Says:


They say it is quintessentially British, but I, a Brit born and bred, have never met anyone with this name.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Well it's not a word you'll find in the dictionary, it's slang for someone who's completely and utterly trashed.

vblanch Says:


I've never even heard of the word munted. What does that mean?

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I really don't like this name. It may sound immature of me, but it reminds me of the word munted.