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

The name Rosamund is a girl's name of German origin meaning "horse protection". Rosamund and is often added to lists like Baby Names with Animal Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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.

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. Rosamund Vincy is a character in George Eliot's novel Middlemarch.

Another, literal, translation of the names 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

Rosamund Clifford, mistress of King Henry II of England, known as "Fair Rosamund" or "Rosa Mundi" ("The Rose of the World")
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike, English actress
Rosamund Kwan (Chi-lam) (born Kwan Kar-wai), Hong Kong actress
Rosamund Marriott Watson, English poet
Rosamund Mary Greenwood, English actress
Rosamund John (born Nora Rosamund Jones), English actress
Rosamund Lupton, English novelist
Rosamund Stanhope, English poet
Rosamund Abigail Hanson, English actress
Sophia Rosamund Praeger, Northern Irish sculptor

Pop Culture References for the name Rosamund

Lady Rosamund Painswick, character on Downton Abbey
Rosamund Musgrove, character in Eudora Welty's 1942 novella The Robber Bridegroom
Rosamund Larne, daughter-in-law to Silvanus Heythorp in Galsworthy's A Stoic (1918)
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, art gallery in Santa Monica, California
Rosamund, Sleeping Beauty's real name in some versions of the fairy tale
RosamundRosieMary Watson, daughter of Dr. John Hamish Watson and Mary Elizabeth Morstan-Watson in BBC's Sherlock

Roz, Rosamunde, Ros, Rosamond

Rosamund's International Variations

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