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Quick Facts on Rosa

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 656
Simple meaning:
Famous, Pink, Dew

Characteristics of Rosa

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rosa

Rosa is basically the Latinate form of Rose and used by several different cultures including English-speakers, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians, Scandinavians, etc. A rose is most closely associated with the fragrant flower that bears its name. Originally, Rose was borrowed from the Germanic “hrod” meaning “fame”. It was introduced to England by the Norman French in the Middle Ages, but it is also connected to the Latin “rosa” (also said to be borrowed from the Germanic language). The rose is arguably the most “famous” of all flowers and its meanings and symbolisms run deep – mainly associated with love and Valentine’s Day. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was often depicted adorned with roses. Roses were said to have sprouted from her slain lover’s (Adonis) pool of blood, and also on the site of Christ’s death (again, expressing immortal love and sacrifice in the name of love). Its beauty is betrayed by its prickly thorns – thus symbolizing balance. The rose has been such a powerfully symbolic object that even its various colors have come to mean different things: Red (immortal love); White (pure love); Pink (new love); and Yellow (friendship). Above all else, the rose is emblematic of LOVE. There are several variations that have sprouted from the beautiful rose bush: Rosa, Rosie, Rosette, Roselle, Roselyn, Rosemary and Roseanne to name only a few. The name was revived in the 19th century among English speakers when naming baby girls after flowers and trees became the height of fashion. Rosa is the fancier two-syllable Latinate variation of Rose and used quite commonly throughout Europe and English-speaking nations. Rosa is also the word for “pink” in Spanish and “dew” in Bulgarian.

Popularity of the Name Rosa

Rosa has held a permanent position on the American female naming charts since 1880 (this is the first year the U.S. government began tracking name trends). In fact, Rosa has almost always very closely shadowed the female name Rose in terms of popularity (although Rose has generally been the more common choice). The only time Rosa surpassed Rose in popularity was between the 1970s and 1990s. Rose is now back on top, but Rosa isn’t faring too bad either. Both names have already seen their heyday which was primarily during the late 1800s and early 1900s. While Rose is showing a bit of a revival right now, Rosa is still declining in usage. Hispanic-Americans and Spanish-speakers are really the driving force behind Rosa’s usage right now. American parents seem to be opting for the more flowery and Latinate versions of names (Julia vs. Julie for example) but for some reason Rose vs. Rosa is an exception to the current trend. The minimalistic, one-syllable Rose is currently the winning pick. We wonder when the cute Rosie will return to the charts. The Rose/Rosa female names are undeniably gorgeous like their namesake flower. It’s also a great choice for African-Americans who want to celebrate the iconic Civil Rights Movement heroine Rosa Parks.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rosa
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rosa

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rosa

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rosa

    Rosa Coldfield (Absalom, Absalom!) Rosa Coldfield is a character in William Faulkner’s 1936 novel, Absalom, Absalom, who initially narrates the story of Thomas Sutpen, which mirrors the lifespan of Southern plantation culture against a Gothic background. Here are intrigue, miscegenation, madness mayhem and hints of incest. Rosa is the sister of Ellen Coldfield, who marries Sutpen and bears him a son and a daughter. When Rosa’s sister dies, and Sutpen’s son has gone into self-imposed exile after killing his half brother, who has Negro blood and who wants to marry his sister (see, we told you), Sutpen proposes to Rosa. One little catch – he wants Rosa to bear him a son before he marries her, so that he may be sure of a male heir. Rosa, wisely, takes this as an insult (ya think?) and leaves him. Needless to say, this turns her into something of a bitter minded woman, and she obsesses over the issue for years to come. It is she who brings the young Quentin Compsen out to the family home to tell him their story and try to fathom their secrets. This she does, but with dire results to herself, and she dies soon after, yet another victim of that particular Gothic cult of the South.

    Rosa Dartle (David Copperfield) Miss Rosa Dartle is a minor but significant character in Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, David Copperfield, first published in novel form in 1850. Rosa gets the short end of Dickens’ stick – she is portrayed as a bitter, withered spinster who harbors a secret love for David Copperfield’s schoolmate, James Steerforth, whose family had taken her in as a companion. She is also described by David as dark and skinny, and he puts particular emphasis on the disfiguring scar on her lip and chin – well, guess who put the scar there – the ill-tempered, spoiled Steerforth. Yet she loves him still – such are the ways of the heart – and continues to love him all the while he is carelessly seducing the innocent Emily, and all the while he pays Rosa no more attention than he would a piece of furniture in the house. For our part, we find her refreshingly sarcastic, quick of wit and tongue, even if her love object is beyond our understanding. It is no wonder that her sense of inferiority and jealousy lead her to violent fits of verbal abuse – better that than craven acquiescence to her lot. At any rate, James Steerforth meets his righteous end, and on poor Rosa’s behalf, we cheer.

  • Popular Songs on Rosa

    Popular Songs on Rosa

    La Rosa De Los Vientos - a song by Mago De Oz

    Little Rosa - a song by Letters To Cleo

    Little Rosa - a song by Red Sovine

    Rosa De La Paz - a song by Amaral

    Rosa on the Factory Floor - a song by Jethro Tull

    Rosa Parks - a song by Outkast [explicit]

    Rosa Rio - a song by Jim Reeves

    Roza - a song by Dimitris Mitropanos

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rosa

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rosa

    Hurray for Rosa! (Sheila White Samton) - Rosa, a spunky Hispanic girl, is full of surprises! Based on what experts know about how children learn to read, Brand New Readers are short, funny stories with words and pictures that help children reading for the very first time succeed—and have fun! Brand New Readers are for children who are just cracking the reading code. Readers ages four to seven can master Brand New Readers immediately—even the first time through. Funny and appealing stories, irresistibly packaged, and just right for first-time readers. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    I Am Reading: Princess Rosa's Winter (Judy Hindley) - Princess Rosa hates the winter. It makes her castle dark and cold, and she can't ride her pony in the snow. But one day a mysterious jester comes to the castle and brightens up the winter gloom with music, dancing, and celebration. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa (Deborah Hembrook and Kathryn Helig) - How far will girls go to be like their best friend? Rosa and Abby grow to appreciate their own uniqueness. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks (Faith Ringgold) - If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus. It would tell how the adult Rosa rode to and from work on a segregated city bus and couldn't sit in the same row as a white person. It would tell of the fateful day when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how that act of courage inspired others around the world to stand up for freedom. In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie's magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Los zapaticos de Rosa (Jose Marti) - Relato excepcional del gran escritor cubano José Martí. Una de las grandes piezas literarias de la América hispana. La historia aborda la solidaridad, el acto de compartir y el amor a los semejantes. Es el volumen No 4 de la magnífica colección Tesoros Literarios para Niños y Jóvenes. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Mermaid Mysteries: Rosa and the Water Pony (Katy Kit) - The mermaid friends are excited about Mermaid Bay's annual carnival where the best performance wins a beautiful pearl necklace! Rosa uses magic to create a pony out of water, and she plans to perform amazing tricks on its back. But just before the carnival begins, the magical water pony is stolen. Who is trying to sabotage the friends' performance--and why? Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Rosa Loves to Read (Diane Z. Shore) - Rosa loves to read, but it's so-o-o noisy when she opens her book. How will she ever be able to concentrate? Rookie Ready to Learn titles help develop young children's language and early reading skills as they engage in topic-rich conversations. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Rosa Parks: My Story (Rosa Parks) - Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable. Publishers Weekly says: "The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic." Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Rosa's Room (Barbara Bottner) - "Rosa had a new room in a new house. It seemed empty." Rosa and her mother have moved to a new house. Rosa knows what she needs to feel at home in her new room: on Monday, clothes in the closet; on Tuesday, her treasure box on her desk, on Wednesday, a poster on the wall. But still, somehow, her room seems empty. "More," her cat Concertina seems to say. Late at night in bed, she dreams about how to decorate her room. On Thursday, she borrows five new books from the library. On Sunday, as Rosa sits in her room drawing a picture, she looks out the window and sees a girl outside playing. Now Rosa knows what she needs to make her room special: a new friend to share everything with. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Who Was Rosa Parks? (Yona Zeldis McDonough) - In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”. This biography has black and white illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Rosa

    Famous People Named Rosa

    Famous People Named Rosa - Rosa Parks (Civil Rights Movement icon)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rosa

    Children of Famous People Named Rosa

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Rosa - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Rosa.

  • Historic Figures

    Rosa - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rosa Parks (4 Feb 1913 – 24 Oct 2005) - Often referred to as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”, Rosa Parks began her life on February 4, 1913 as Rosa Louise McCauley in Alabama. She was part African, part Native American Indian and part Scot-Irish. As an adult, Parks was involved with the NAACP and a dedicated civil rights activist. She changed the course of history on December 1, 1955 when she refused to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger. For this seemingly innocuous act, Rosa Parks was jailed and instantly became an iconic heroine and symbol of the Movement. As a result of her conviction, her fellow activists were inspired to conduct a one-day citywide boycott of buses in Birmingham, Alabama. The boycott was so effective that Civil Rights leaders decided to continue the strike for more than a year. In 1979, Rosa Parks was awarded the Spingarn Medal (the NAACP's highest award), and in 1996 President Clinton presented Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given by the U.S. executive branch. A remarkable woman indeed!

Personality of the Girl Name Rosa

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rosa

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