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Gender: Female Meaning of Rosemary: "the rosemary plant" Origin of Rosemary: Latin meaning "dew of the sea"; "the rosemary plant"; Rosemary's Popularity in 2017: #457

The name Rosemary is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "the rosemary plant". Rosemary is ranked #457 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old-Fashioned Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

Despite appearances, Rosemary is not a “smoosh” name, not even a traditional one. The name derives from two Latin terms “Ros” meaning ‘dew’ and “Marinus” “meaning “of the sea”. The plant was termed ‘dew of the sea’ due to its salty texture and its ability to thrive in coastal climes. Only after the Middle Ages did the English names of Rose and Mary become interchanged with the name Rosmarinus and give us the modern name we use today.

In ancient legend, Rosemary was draped around Aphrodite when she rose from the sea. It was regarded then as beneficial in strengthening the memory and became a symbol for faithful lovers. In Hamlet, Ophelia says "There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember."

The name was long associated with George Clooney's aunt, the great pop singer Rosemary; less pleasant associations are with the 1967 movie Rosemary's Baby.

A common variation is Rosemarie; many parents are now looking to the stand-alone nickname Romy.

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Famous People Named Rosemary

Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress, aunt of actor George Clooney
Rosemary Friederike Isabella Eleonore Henriette Antonia, Princess of Salm-Salm; Archduchess Hubert Salvator of Austria
Rosemary LaPlanche, actress and Miss America 1941
Rosemary "Rosie" Casals, American tennis player
Rosemary Ann Harris, English actress
Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy, eldest daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Rosemary Altea, English medium, author and TV personality
Rosemary Wells, Children's book author
Rosemary Sutcliff, English children' novelist
Rosemary DeCamp, American actress
Rosemary Dunsmore, Canadian actress
Rosemary Murphy, American actress
Rosemary Pereira Gonçalves, Brazilian singer
Rosemary, ring name of Holly Letkeman, Canadian pro wrestler
(Cecil) Rosemary Pratt, Marchioness Camden, first wife of Group Captain Peter Townsend, the one-time fiance of Britain's Princess Margaret
Rosemary Ounsworth (b. 2008), daughter of musician Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Rosemary Dapkins (b. 2014), daughter of actress Gaby Hoffman and Chris Dapkins
Rosemary Keegan Kersey (due 2018), daughter of YouTuber Acacia Brinley Kersey and Jairus Kersey

Pop Culture References for the name Rosemary

Rosemary Woodhouse, main character in Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" and 1968 film
Rosemary Pilkington, character in musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Rosemary, a character in the book/movie "The Giver"
Rosemary Dawkins, character in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
Rosemary Lewis, intellectual in "Cumberland in The Silken Net" (1974) by Melvyn Bragg
Rosemary Shanahan, character in movie "Shallow Hal"
Rosemary, couple name for Rose Lalonde and Kanaya Maryam in webcomic "Homestuck"
Rosemary, main character in 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler
Rosemary Daniels, character in Australian soap "Neighbours"
Rosemary Venitia King, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Rosemary Telesco, character in "Little Manhatten"
"Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes," song by Edison Lighthouse
"Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts," song by Bob Dylan
'Dear Rosemary', song by Foo Fighters

Rosemary's International Variations

Rosemarie (French)