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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 Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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 (b. 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)


wineaunt Says:


I'd like to hope if I named her Rosemary she wouldn't constantly just get called Rosie. I don't mind it being a nickname, but I'd like Rosemary to still be the main name used, you know? Also, could I get away with spelling the nickname Rosey? Would it stick? I wonder.....

91flaviaj Says:


One of the most beautiful names out there. I love how the name starts with a rose flower in mind, and then when you spell the whole name, it turns into a earthy rosemary plant. It makes me imagine a flowered garden with sweet-smelling rosemary, full of bees and butterflies. This name conveys a sense of tranquility, nature and magic.

meggyweg Says:


I first heard the name Rosemary when I was seven, and my mom said she was going to visit an aunt by that name and wasn't sure how long she would be gone, perhaps days or maybe as much as a week or two. I wanted to meet this aunt because Rosemary was one of the most beautiful names I'd ever heard and I thought anyone with a name like that must be beautiful too. Mom had to explain that she was going to visit her aunt because she was dying. I couldn't come.

The name has stuck with me over the years and would be near the top of my list if I ever had a daughter. I still think it's very beautiful, though I know she would probably get called "Rosie" by everyone, along with all the Rosas and Roses and Rosalies.

meggyweg Says:


I've never seen the movie, but in the book she was barely a character, more a plot device than anything.

kousa Says:


Love this name! My grandfather's favourite flowers are roses and my grandmother's name is Mary! As they brought me up I feel like this beautiful name is the perfect way to honour them.

Skittlewiddles Says:


Earthy and traditional. I love the full name as is. No nicknames needed.

LilianaPearl Says:


I love this name. It sounds so elegant to me. The only problem is that my Mom's name is Rose/Rosie. Is it too similar?

paulapuddephatt Says:


Thank you - and yes, that's how I thought it was pronounced. It definitely is magical. 😃

roseofjune Says:


Rosemary is pronounced just like the herb itself! So simply Rose-Mary. I agree this name is magical.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name so much. The meanings and associations, as well as the sound of the name, warm my heart. I wondered whether others pronounce it as rose-mary, with the distinct sounds of the names Rose and Mary - or as per the name Rosemarie? I used to say Rosemarie, for the most part, and now, mainly say rose-mary, but occasionally I pronounce it as Rosemarie. The name Rosemarie is on my favourites list too, but I like to hear the Mary part in Rosemary. My main concern, however, is to know that I am getting it right. I hope that my ramble makes sense, and I do love this name, for sure.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful. I just wish that Rosie wasn't so inevitable, as a nickname for all Rose names. Rose or Mary would be nice short versions of this, although it's lovely in full.

jaz.fortune Says:


I really like this name. Rosemary Belle would honor my husband(His name starts with a R), My mother in law (her name is Maria) and Belle honors my mom/lost sister( name was Isabella).

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Rosemary is an earthy and feminine name. It does make me think of an old fashioned, long skirts and braids kind of girl, but I think the possibility of nicknames like Rosie freshen it up a little.

aurora jade Says:


Is it bad that I'd consider this name because I really liked the character Rosemary in Ira Levin's book "Rosemary's Baby?"

Marcella Weiß Says:


One of my favorite names. <3

headintheclouds Says:


I love Rosemary in its homespun simplicity. It's herby, naturey and brings to mind calm and contemplation, a garden full of blooms and the comfort of a kitchen filled with the smell of home cooking. There's the nicknames Rose, Mary and Romy for this name, and the loveliness of just the full Rosemary.

claracooks Says:


Also, Rosie, Posy, Ro or Mary are such cute nicknames! I was even thinking about Rue

claracooks Says:


I love this name so much! I would love to have my little Rosemary running around with her sisters. Both Rose and Mary are family names. It all really works out if we name this 3rd one Rosemary.

Zelliew Says:


Me too - It's my daughter's middle name

otheralix Says:


That is adorable!

csd267 Says:


I can't wait to name my daughter this and call her Romy :)

racheljean Says:


I love this name, Rose/Rosie would be really pretty nicknames too.

SimoneKadele Says:


Played by Taylor Swift in "The Giver". Kind of a controversial character...

beeba Says:


I love this name and it means a lot to me. Roses are my favorite flowers and my grandmother's name (Marion) is a variation of Mary. It's the perfect name to commemorate her.

Giinkies Says:


I really like this name, but idk if I would ever use it because I have never met a good namesake.

Sunshine Kid Says:


Lovely with so much nickname potential! And if you are Australian/Kiwi and overly fond of Anzac Day--this could be seen as a tribute.

tintri Says:


This name is simple and breath taking. It's the name we would have used if we had had a daughter. Rosemary brings to mind a quiet-natured, creative, and passionate soul. Rosie and Ro are darling nicknames. Still hoping we might one day have a little Rosemary of our own!