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Quick Facts on Rosalie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 348
RO-zah-lee; raw-zah-LI-yә
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Rosalie

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rosalie

Rosalie is the French and German form of Rosalia which is derivative of “rosa” from Latin meaning “rose”. Rosalia was popularized in honor of a 12th century Sicilian saint; a young noblewoman of Norman descent during a period of Italy’s history when the Normans conquered much of Southern Italy and Sicily (11th-12th centuries). In fact, St. Rosalia is the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. And here’s why. Staunchly religious, Rosalia abandoned the accoutrements of her high-born life and retired to a cave on Mt. Pellegrino to live out her life as a hermit; she would die there alone around the age of 30. There on the cave walls she had etched the words: "I, Rosalia…have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ." About 450 years after her death a terrible plague swept through Palermo and St. Rosalia appeared before a hunter and told him where to find her relics in the cave. She instructed him to bring her remains back to Palermo where a procession was orchestrated in her honor. Apparently, after that, the plague abated. That’s why Palermo owes many thanks to La Santuzza (“Little Saint”) as Rosalia is often called. The Germans and French adopted this pious and saintly name after the Middle Ages as Rosalie, but the English wouldn’t embrace it until the 19th century. Today Rosalie is most popular in the Netherlands.

Popularity of the Name Rosalie

Rosalie’s usage dates back to 19th century America. The name entered the 20th century with some pretty high marks on the charts. She grew slowly in popularity as the decades progressed and then saw a quick and sudden jump in 1938, the year following the release of a popular film called “Rosalie” based on a 1928 musical about a Vassar-attending European princess in disguise who falls mutually in love with a West Point cadet. American audiences were apparently reminded of this charming name and she spent her only year ever on the Top 100 in 1938 (at position #66). Starting in the 1940s, Rosalie began to lose her luster as she reversed her course on the charts. Finally in 1989 she disappeared from the charts presumably out of circulation forever. Fortunately, her hiatus would be relatively brief (about 20 years); cut short by her revival in 2009. A long time ago, Rosalie was a name selected mostly by Catholics in reference to the saint; today she’s regaining her attraction due to her old-fashioned antique charm. Rosalie is classically female – flowery, refined, girlish and lovely. In a modern-day pop-culture reference, Rosalie Hale is a prominent character in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novel series (played by Nikki Reed). Love her or hate her, she is described as the most beautiful woman on earth (with an ego to match). Roz, Rose and Rosie are obvious nicknames.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rosalie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rosalie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rosalie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rosalie

    Rosalie (Rosalie) Rosalie is the title character in George and Ira Gershwin’s (along with Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse) 1928 Broadway musical, Rosalie, later adapted to a 1937 film with songs by Cole Porter. Rosalie is a princess of the country, “Romanza”, who has fallen in love with a young West Point flyer who does not realize she is royalty. But, of course. For some reason, finding this out makes him extremely angry and he returns to the good old U. S. of A. Rosalie accompanies her father and mother (yes, the king and queen – more royalty) to America where the king is applying for a loan. Young Rosalie goes to a West Point dance, but disguised as a cadet, clever Shakespearean girl that she is. Somehow, this does not annoy the young West Pointer. Anyway, their solution to the problem is to go back to good old Romanza and start a revolution, so that Princess Rosalie will be tossed out of court. But, of course. For some reason, this works, and Rosalie and her young man are exiled to Paris (how sad – to have to leave Romanza for Paris!), and the king happily announces their engagement. But of course. Lose a country, gain a son-in-law, albeit one prejudiced against kings, etc. By the way, the West Pointer’s name is Dick, and that is just not enough for someone with the beautiful name of Rosalie, princess or not. However, one really good thing came out of all this muddle – the Gershwins’ song, “How Long Has This Been Going On?”.

  • Popular Songs on Rosalie

    Popular Songs on Rosalie

    My Sweet Rosalie - a song by Brotherhood of Man

    Rosalie - a song by Bob Seger

    Rosalie - a song by Thin Lizzy

    Rosalie - a song by Carlos

    Rosalie - a song by Sammy Kaye

    Rosalie - a song by Cole Porter

    Rosalie - a 1928 musical by the Gershwin Brothers

    Rosalie Come and Go - a song by Ryan Adams

    Rosalie/The Cowgirl's Song - a song by Thin Lizzy

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rosalie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rosalie

    Rosalie and Truffle, Truffle and Rosalie (Katja Reider) - Love at first sight does exist! Rosalie and Truffle fall in love when they meet under an apple tree. But their well-meaning friends and relatives discourage them from meeting again. As time goes by, and Rosalie and Truffle improve their lifestyles with yoga and dancing, they realize that neither material growth nor physical perfection guarantees happiness. At last they return to the apple tree and reunite. Rosalie and Truffle, Truffle and Rosalie is an endearing story of love and trust, with wonderful illustrations. And the story is narrated from both points of view: flip the book over to read the story from the other perspective. This is a charming gift book, perfect for Valentine's Day or for any special occasion. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rosalie's Catastrophes (Ginette Anfousse) - Growing up in a house with her seven aunts, nine-year-old Rosalie thinks that she will go crazy when every aunt seems to form a different opinion about what is best for her, with catastrophic results. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Rosalie, My Rosalie: The Tale of a Duckling (Jacquelyn Mitchard) - Henry Marie wants a pet so badly, she can almost taste it. She would be happy with a pony, or a kitten, or even a baby brother. But her parents always have some excuse: They can't keep a pony in their neighborhood. A kitten would make Henry and her father sneeze. Her parents keep pointing out that they do have a dog. But Scout is her father's and Scout's slow and, well, boring. He won't chase a ball or anything What Henry wants -- what Henry needs -- is a pet of her very own. Just when she has about given up hope, Henry's father comes home with a fuzzy little yellow head and a rosy beak peeking out of the top pocket of his overalls. Henry immediately falls in love with the duckling's sweet, smiling face and gives her the prettiest name she can think of: Rosalie. And that's when the trouble begins. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Rosalie

    Famous People Named Rosalie

    Famous People Named Rosalie - Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rosalie

    Children of Famous People Named Rosalie

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

  • Historic Figures

    Rosalie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rosalie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rosalie.

Personality of the Girl Name Rosalie

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rosalie

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