Middle Name Rose: Is The Bloom Off?

Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it: There are now officially enough little girls with the middle name Rose.

I can hear the screams of protest and wails of anguish already.  But Rose is my grandmother’s name! Rose goes perfectly with my favorite first name!  I’ve been planning to use the middle name Rose forever!

Well, go ahead, then.  It’s a perfectly lovely name, warm and feminine yet not overly assertive, making the ideal bridge between first name and last.

But so many thousands of parents have used it over the past decade that it’s become the Ann, the Marie, the Sue of the new millennium.  Consider the celebrity babies alone with the middle name Rose:

AIDAN ROSE – Faith Daniels

ALABAMA GYPSY ROSEDrea de Matteo & Shooter Jennings



DOLLY REBECCA ROSERebecca Romijn & Jerry O’Connell

EMERSON ROSE – Teri Hatcher

ESTHER ROSE – Ewan McGregor

JOHNNIE ROSE – Melissa Etheridge

LAEL ROSE – Tamia & Grant Hill

LUCKY ROSE – Cedric the Entertainer

MAGGIE ROSE – Jon Stewart

SERAPHINA ROSE – Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck

Sylvester Stallone gave all THREE of his young daughters Rose as a middle name.

What we’re saying: Enough Roses already, at least in the middle.  In fact, Rose and Rosa and Rosamund and Rosemary and Rosalia are far from over-exposed as first names, so a fresher move might be to use one of them in first place and choose something with more individual character as a middle name.

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Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Growing up as an Elisabeth, I can’t tell you how many times people told me that was their middle name. As a child it was a way of bonding, but as I grew older I got really sick of it.

I do love Rose and at one point in time would have absolutely considered it as either a first or a middle. It’s still on the long list of middle possibilities, in the second middle spot. Doubtful I’d use it though.

I agree it sounds very fresh in the first name spot. I also know a Rosa and a Rosalie, I love those and the ones you mentioned above.

Grace is the other middle name of the moment.

Here are some fresher one syllable middles name possibilities: http://youcantcallitit.com/2008/06/25/the-middle-name-conundrum/

Check the comments section too.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 9:01 am

P.S. Love the title of this post!

Julia Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 9:07 am

Rose is my first middle name (Dumas is the other, it’s my grandmothers maiden name) and there are so many of us that at one point during primary school my friends and I had a clique for people called Rose – and I’m not kidding, half the female population of my year was in it. I still love my name and I think the name Rose goes well with just about any other name. However, when the time comes for me to have children, I won’t be using Rose as a middle name, because it’s my middle name. But I’m considering Rosemary/Rosa as a first name.

Lauren Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 9:10 am

Elisabeth, how funny you say that! My sister’s name is Michelle and she hates it when people tell her “Oh, that’s my/my mom’s/my sister’s/my aunt’s/my dentist’s middle name!” Of course being a teenager at this point, she just rolls her eyes. 🙂

I think anyone with the first name Rose would hear the same thing in a few years. Something like Rosalie is probably better.

Kim W Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 9:58 am

I agree that Rose is way too overdone as a middle name, but I love it as a first name!! Although it’s funny how many people tell me that it’s too “old lady” to use as a first name and that I should use it in the middle spot. Ugh.

Sarah Rose Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 10:15 am

Geographically, where I am located, you are still not hearing a lot of “Rose” for a middle name. Which is lucky for me 🙂

In my family, the first daughter is traditionally middle named Rose. I am Sarah Rose, there is a Katherine Rose and so on and so forth. My first daughter will be middle named Rose, just like me and my mother before me. Over popular or not, I love the tradition of it.

Currently, my top girl choices are: Carrie Rose, Brinley Rose, or Kendall Rose.

Lola Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Rose runs rampant in my family as a first name, primarily, and as a middle.
I’ve always preferred it up front, so sweet and simple! But don’t mind it in the middle, really, I can think of a thousand worse things to put in the middle.

I prefer the ros- variants myself, whether or not they’re etymologically related to the flower. Rose itself is a family surname for me. Ah, the perils! My daughter got the Spanish ros- name in the middle, it was her great, great great Grandmother’s maiden name. Much more distinctive than “just” Rose.

Jenmb Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Rose is my generation’s “Lynn” as far as commonality. I personally think it’s a lovely middle name. But I wonder if baby girls growing up nowadays will feel Rose is as plain as I consider “Lynn”?

Dana Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

We have a 10 year old daughter whose middle name is Rose. It is a family name and we chose it to honor a special family member.
I agree that it has become the Ann of the new milennium along with Grace.
So many babies born that I know lately have the middle name Grace. It’s sad because these once beautiful names are running the risk of being the overexposed Ann, Lynn, Marie’s of their day.

Rose Says:

March 9th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

My first name is Rose. I’m sixteen, and to this day I’ve never met another Rose under the age of seventy. I’ve met lots of people with the middle name Rose, and recently I’ve definitely noticed the rise in its popularity. Personally, I love my name.

In school, I’ve always been the only Rose. I never had to be distinguished by a nickname or a last initial, like various Emilys and Sarahs. I’ve been lucky in that way.

Originally, Rose was going to be my middle name – sort of. My name was going to be Maggie-Rose, with the hyphen. But at the last minute my mom changed it, and am I ever glad she did.

I think that its a lovely name, classically pretty, but with its crazy popularity I know that, was it not my own name, I would have to pass it by in a quest for a middle name.

lyndsayjenness Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 8:36 am

It’s a shame it’s so popular, because it really is a great name. Since it’s a family name, I’m still considering it. I love Annarose right now, I would more likely use that.

I know an adorable little one year old whose first name is Rose, it’s so charming!

hope t. Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 9:15 am

Fully half of the baby girls on that list have a boy’s name as their first name. I think this is a major reason that Rose is so popular: give your girl a boy’s name and then pair it with the very feminine Rose and that will give people a heads up as to the real sex of the baby.

Stephanie Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 11:18 am

I totally agree … Rose, Rosemary (esp. with nn Romy) are fresh as a first, but in the middle, just filler. But a beautiful name nonetheless. I’d love to have a little Rose (first name, please) as I picture an adorable little redhead. But instead, if we ever have a girl, she’ll likely be an Evangeline, nn Evie.

Kayt Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 11:40 am

It’s like I say for most common names: if it has meaning to you, go with it! If you just like the sound, I would find something else. My middle name is Elizabeth, and it’s super common in my generation. However, it’s my great aunt and my great grandmother’s middle name too, so I like having it.

Melissa Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

And yet… Maxine Bahns of “The Mentalist” just named her baby girl Madison Rose.

pam Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Poor maxine. Obviously needed nameberry

Tirzah Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I knew that Rose was super common when I chose it for my daughter’s middle name 5 years ago. I still went with it because it offsets an unusual unisex first name: Phoenix. Plus I grow over 90 varieties of roses. Bottom Line for me: personal meaning trumps popularity.

Lily Says:

March 10th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

It’s way too common as a middle name. You even forgot several celebrities:

Chloe Rose (Olivia Newton John)
Lily-Rose Melody (Johnny Depp)
Sunday Rose (Nicole Kidman)
Wylie Quinn Annarose (Richard Dean Anderson)
Vivienne Rose (Rosie O’Donnell)
Sarah Rose (Marlee Matlin)
Sonora Rose (Alice Cooper)
Stephanie Rose (Bon Jovi)
Olivia Rose (Kirk Cameron)
Olivia Rose (Joe Namath)
Olivia Rose (Al Pacino)

the list goes on and on.

Personally I think it’s fine to use as a first name or as a middle name (when you give your child an unusual first name) but otherwise it’s just plain boring and unimaginative. I think it would be fine to have an Octavia Rose or a Samara Rose, but I’m sick of seeing Emma, Emily, Olivia, Sarah, Hannah, Ashley, Ava, Ella and Madison paired with Rose.

If you want to know which middle name really annoys me: Grace. It is so common in the middle, especially paired with Hannah. I’ve met at least 20 girls named Hannah Grace this year. It’s also common as a first name.

Others that I find way too common at the moment are May and Mae. Pearl, Hope, Kate and Faith are also seen more often.

Hannah Grace, Emma Rose and Olivia May are the Jennifer Ann, Jessica Marie and Stephanie Lynn of tomorrow. Boring.

Abby Says:

March 11th, 2009 at 11:42 am

Tirzah, I think Phoenix Rose is nicely balanced. If you’re going to choose something unexpected and gender-neutral like Phoenix in the first spot, then Rose’s status as a common choice works to your advantage.

And I love what you said – personal meaning DOES trump popularity, every time.

I also had a beloved grandmother Rose. If we should ever have a second daughter, our first choice name is Rosemary, nn Romy, in her honor. Because Elisabeth is right – we need more girls with the FIRST name Rose!

peach Says:

March 11th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Rose has such romantic associations it will always be a top family name to be passed down. My aunt’s first name is Rose after her grandmother. That said, it is so overused that it has become a very unoriginal choice. The same seems to have happened with the name Grace: the meaning and associations with Grace are nice and it goes with practically any fn but it lacks creativity and thus, some lovely names have become “filler” or “boring” simply because they are so overused. And they ARE boring now! The strategy of balancing masculine first names with the mn Rose, is ridiculous to me — just give a girl a girl’s name to begin with — and save the masculine influence for the middle spot! Rose Emerson is every bit, if not more, charming than Emerson Rose!

Sarah Rose Says:

March 16th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I am 22, so there aren’t a whole lot of people my age with Rose as a middle name. This is the first time I’ve “met” another Sarah Rose though! When I was little I always wanted people to call me by my first and middle name instead of distinguishing me from other Sarahs with a last inital. My parents always like telling the story of how I would insist, “My name is not Sarah, its Sarah Rose!”

Anna Says:

March 21st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I agree Rose is very filler and there are many other flower names that would be refreshing

Daisy, Marigold, Clover, Poppy, Tulip & Xanthe

Laura Rose Says:

June 18th, 2009 at 1:18 am

Although Rose is nowadays becoming more popular for a middle name, I agree with Sarah Rose’s post above. I am about to turn 21, and haven’t met hardly anyone with my middle name. Marie and Elizabeth are most popular among my generation for sure. I personally really like Rose because it’s short, yet pretty at the same time. I was given the middle name Rose to honor my great Aunt, so it’s special in that regard too.


July 29th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

my name is Rosemarie and im twentu years old. I must say i love my name, growing up everyone always called me rose. I like that is short and that someone is always assuming that is my fav. flower. Having the name of rose always gets me all types of compliments.

Tiffany Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I’m so frusturated! I have always loved Rose and would like it as a first name (pregnant now) but cannot find any middle names that I care for.
What do you all think of Matea Rose?
I wish I could just use Rose, but CANNOT find anything I like as a middle…Help!

SD Says:

August 22nd, 2009 at 9:44 am

Tiffany – I’m the same, we love Rose – as a first name – but we are stuck for a middle name too! Any suggestions out there? I love the abbreviation of Rosie as well, so cute when they’re young. Good luck finding the middle name!!

Rose’s Mum Says:

September 3rd, 2009 at 8:47 pm

My 4 year old daughter is named Rose. When I tell people her name, I often hear “Oh, that’s my daughter’s middle name.” We know a Ruby Rose, Abigail Rose, Natalie Rose & Maria Rose. We’ve met other middle-name-Roses too. We did meet one other ‘first name Rose’, who is a year or two older than my daughter.

We also had trouble finding a middle name – because Rose is such a common middle name, it was hard to find one that didn’t make the name sound ‘backwards’. In the end, I just picked a name that I thought sounded pretty and had 3 syllables in it. (We didn’t pick Rose’s first name until after she was born, so were still trying to come up with a middle name in the hospital.) I do wish we’d come up with something more unusual or meaningful / family related – as we later went on to chose a family name as her little brother’s middle name.

415mama Says:

September 7th, 2009 at 1:41 am

My 11 month old daughter is named Rose and we get the “that’s my daughters, friends, neices middle” all of the time! I love the name, very sweet and feminine, and it just fits her perfectly! Like the above posters mentioned we had a very hard time coming up with a middle name that we liked and that didn’t sound like it was forming a whole new name..ie Rose Marie, Rose Anne ect ect. In the end we went with a family name for the middle. Tiffany and SD just keep trying any name you can think of and look to friends for suggestions….one of these days something might just click! A few of the middles we considered but didn’t use were Evelyn, Elisabeth and Elyse.

ewaggenspack Says:

February 16th, 2010 at 11:35 am

My husband and I have decided to use Rose as a first name if we ever have a girl. My name is Elizabeth and I did get ‘Oh! That’s my middle name!” sometimes. However, it never really bothered me.

H8myname Says:

April 1st, 2011 at 10:37 pm

If you want to use Rose as a first name (which is great) you should probably use something fairly long, with a long o sound, and maybe something a bit more on the exotic side. These sound good to me: Rose Zenobia, Rose Verona, Rose Ottavia. Get the idea? Hope this helps anyone who is looking to use Rose as a first name.

As for variations, I really like Rosalind and Rosamund.

I agree, Pam! Madison Rose? Really? WHY?????!!!!!

Jessica Says:

April 11th, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’m 21, and my middle name is Rose. I’ve always liked it better than my other middle name – which is Nadine. But then again, my first name was one of the most popular names of the 80’s/90’s, so I’m kind of screwed either way 😉

Ireland Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am

In my experience, Grace is the new Rose!

Susanna Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 9:17 am

My husband’s family always use Ann as the middle name for girls and James or Henry for boys so it looks like I don’t have many choices for my own lol

But since his sister and her 1st daughter already share Ann as middle name so I don’t wanna use it anymore. We decide to use flowery name for our girl like Rose, Lily, Jasmine, Daisy, Lilac but then again his sister already took Jasmine and Lily for her girls, plus our girl’s first name is pretty long so we need short middle name for her which end up with Rose and we adore it !

Shelley Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 1:14 am

Love the name Rose as a first name. I fell in love with it watching Doctor Who. 🙂

Caroline Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I love the name Rose as a first or middle name. I want my daughter’s middle name to be Rose. I have not chosen a first name yet. I don’t really care about what other people like… I have my own opinions. Rose is a beautiful name.

NotNic Says:

April 28th, 2011 at 7:30 am

Totally agree that Grace is THE middle name in the UK. (Which is annoying as is it a family name on my OH’s side) Another extremely popular middle name is May, and Evie and Eve are popular too. I have always liked the idea of using Rose as it was a Great Aunt’s name. (and I’m not aware that it is that popular here – but maybe I’m wrong) Plus with a long, three syllable surname ending in -son it’s a greating linking name for a long first name.

Funny how things go in trends. Both my mum and MIL have Anne as a middle name, and my sister is a Louise. Practically EVERYONE born in the 8o’s in the UK has this as their middle name, or their sister did!

NotNic Says:

April 28th, 2011 at 7:32 am

Oops fast typing! I meant great linking name, and of course every girl (not everyone – that would have been odd!)

Leslie Owen Says:

May 4th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I honestly think family names are the way to go. So if your grandmother was Rose, then do it. In my family, almost all the middle names are family names: Louisa, George, Elaine, Brewster, Hammett, Kathleen….I just like the idea of linking generations.

Angela Says:

May 16th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I agree that if Rose is a family name use it otherwise stay away from it. It shows that you are only creative enough to think of an interesting first name other wise and gave up when it came to the middle name.

I can say this as don’t have any children so haven’t made any of these mistakes. My sister has Margaret a family name as a middle name pasted on to all first born daughters of the first born woman in the family. My middle name will not be pasted on as it is horrible:- Gaye always wished it was Bertha instead as that was my great Aunt’s name and I was born on her birthday.

Larissa Says:

July 4th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I agree! Rose is nice enough, but I’m very tired of it as a middle name.

Reeny Says:

September 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I have only ever known one Rose (I’m twenty-eight), other than my great aunty Rosa. I really want to use Rosa as a first name if I ever have a daughter.

I have never come across a young Rosa. Come to think of it I have never come across any baby or young Mays either – there seems to be some names that are used over and over as firsts (Isabella and all of her derivatives, for instance – I know at least six) and those names used for MNs only.

I find overused first names more boring than the overused middle names. I have two middle names – and love that I do. So if you still adore Rose and wish to use it for whatever reason as a middle name, think about breaking it up with a second middle name.

AureliaGwendolen Says:

May 19th, 2012 at 9:43 am

Being someone named Rose, I also can’t believe the number of “That’s my middle name!” comments. Seriously, it’s getting old.

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

August 11th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

28% in this poll said “it’s the perfect middle and I’m planning to use it”. That alone stands for itself and underlines the whole Rose-epidemic.

herblackballoon Says:

August 29th, 2012 at 1:28 am

My middle name is Rose, and I hate how popular it’s become (I’m 22). I always receive compliments from people my own age when I hear it, which isn’t surprising given its popularity among new parents.

That said, I personally feel that Rose is more timeless than “Marie,” “Lynn,” or “Ann,” and believe that its romantic associations will keep it from being simply “boring.” Perhaps it will turn into the “Emily” of middle names- way overused but still pretty.

crazycat4904 Says:

September 27th, 2012 at 5:19 am

My daughters name is Emma Rose Helene. I never thought I’d use the name Rose, it’s def overused. But I had to compromise with her father. We waited till she was born and had list of names, but when we saw her, I knew she had an old soul. So went went with an old style name. I’ve never met an Emma Rose where we live. I think she’s safe from having 6 in her class. Lol.

zalazala Says:

October 9th, 2012 at 11:37 am

In the last few days two people on a forum I frequent have had baby girls: Evelyn Rose, and Emily Rose. Both are lovely names but it bought home to me how incredibly popular that middle name is. I know a teenage Emily Rose as well, and two other girls with it as their middle name. I really do like the name, it goes beautifully with lots of my favourite names, but it’s sadly become overused.

flyybella89 Says:

March 16th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Rose is one of my two top contenders for a FIRST name, and I agree that the trend should move that direction (or maybe not, so my little girl can stay unique!)

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