Rose Name Meaning

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Rose is most often used as a girl name. Learn more about the meaning, origin, and popularity of the name Rose.

The meaning of the name Rose is derived from the Latin rosa, which refers to the woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa. The name Rose means rose, as in the flower.

According to the University of Missouri, the story of how roses got their name and became associated with love and romance stems from Greek mythology. Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, gave roses to the world in honor of her son, Eros. She rearranged the letters of his name to call the flower "Rose."

The name Rose was also introduced to England by the Normans in the Middle Ages and translated into Old English as Roese and Rohese.

There is some evidence to suggest that Rose was a Norman variation of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, which is composed of the word hrod meaning “fame” and heid meaning "type." Put together, that makes "famous type." So, sometimes, the name Rose is interpreted as meaning "famous flower," as well.

  • Origin: The name Rose refers to the flower by the same name. It can also be traced back to Old English meaning "famous type."

  • Gender: Rose is most frequently used as a girl name, though it can also be a surname.

  • Pronunciation: rOHz

Editor's Note

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Parents believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Rose?

The name Rose was well-liked at the turn of the 20th century, holding the No. 18 spot in 1900 for the most popular girl name in the United States. However, it dropped out of the Top 20 by 1922.

It continued to decline in popularity, and in 1961, it fell out of the top 100 girl names. By 1997, it had plunged to its lowest ranking of No. 392.

The cheerful name then suddenly jumped almost 100 spots to No. 297 that very next year in 1998. This was likely due to the massive popularity of the epic film Titanic, which came out in 1997. The movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as his love interest Rose.

Rose then enjoyed another year of increased popularity before slowly losing its luster again. It has since done a turnaround and is back on the upswing. It broke into the list of top 200 girl names in 2014 and was ranked No. 120 in 2022.

Name Variations

Similar Names

Other similar names that include "Rose" in them and start with "R" include:

  • Rosie

  • Rosemary

  • Roseann

  • Roseanne

  • Rosetta

  • Rosanna

  • Rosamund

  • Rosalind

  • Rosalie

  • Rosina

  • Rosette

  • Roselyn

Other flower baby names include:

  • Lily

  • Azalea

  • Jasmine

  • Violet

  • Iris

  • Poppy

  • Daisy

  • Marigold

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Thomas

  • Edward

  • Charles

  • Margaret

  • Eleanor

  • Anne

Famous People Named Rose

Wondering what famous Roses your baby might share a name with? Here are a few famous Roses you might recognize.

Famous Roses and Rosies

  • Mary Tudor, known as "Mary Rose" (1496–1533), Queen of France

  • Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of American President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Ted Kennedy

  • Rose Leslie, Scottish actress best known for her role in HBO series Game of Thrones

  • Rose McGowan, American actress and activist who starred in the television series Charmed

  • Rosie O'Donnell, American comedian, actress, author, and television personality

  • Rosie Rivera, American television personality and businesswoman

  • Rosie Perez, American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer

Fictional Roses

  • Rose DeWitt Bukater, the protagonist in the famous James Cameron 1997 romance Titanic, and the love interest of character Jack Dawson

  • Rose Tyler, character in British science fiction television series Doctor Who

  • Rose Nylund, character in the popular 1980s television comedy The Golden Girls

  • Rose Weasley, Ron and Hermione's daughter who first appears in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon representing working women who first appeared in advertising to recruit female workers for defense industries during World War II

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