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Quick Facts on Rose

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, German, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 224
Simple meaning:
Famous, Love

Characteristics of Rose

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rose

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, but 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 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.

Popularity of the Name Rose

Rose has had quite a ride on the American popularity charts. Back in the late 19th century and as we headed into the 20th century Rose was basking in the sun on the Top 20 list of most favored girl names. Back then, it was all about Rose, Lily and Viola (not to mention tree names like Hazel and Myrtle). The beautiful Rose would maintain a spot on the Top 100 list of most popular girl names for 80 straight years, finally falling off in 1961. In the past 50 years since the early 1960s, Rose has continued her very slow but methodical decline from her former glory days. She is aging and wilting as she gracefully recedes from the sun. Today the name is only used in moderation. Nonetheless, Rose is an old-fashioned favorite loaded with meaning and symbolism. This is a name all about love and beauty. It remains chic and stylish even if the current trends don’t recognize her enduring and immortal one-syllable gracefulness. Grandma Rose is passing the torch to her great-granddaughter; we can’t help it of the general population hasn’t recognized it yet. William Shakespeare famously penned the following words in Romeo and Juliet: “What's in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet / By any other name, a rose is still a rose.” True. But Rose is still a very sweet name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rose
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rose

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rose

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rose

    BONE Prequel: Rose (Jeff Smith) - When a terrifying dragon attacks the small towns of the Northern Valley, a young Princess Rose (known later as Gran'ma Ben) must defeat it. The beast is actually the ancient evil, the Lord of the Locusts, and while Rose faces danger with honor, her elder sister, Princess Briar, follows a more sinister path. An unforgettable story with beautiful, sweeping artwork, this prequel explores the fateful beginnings of the epic BONE saga. Recommended for ages 11-15.

    Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog (Alison Jackson) - When gritty pig farmer Desert Rose finds a gold nugget, just a-lyin’ there in the mud, she decides to buy herself the biggest, fattest hog she can find. But getting that highfalutin hog home in time for the Laredo state fair proves to be more than Rose bargained for. When a cold-hearted coyote, persnickety snake, lethargic Texas longhorn, and a whole host of other southern varmints prove to be unhelpful, Rose must pair up with a shrewd armadillo to get every animal over the river and off to Laredo in time. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Let's Pretend: Rose's Doll's House (Roger Priddy) - A board book ideal for ages 3 and up. New series of creative, imaginative play books including press-out characters, play accessories and stickers. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Rose and the Delicious Secret (Suzanne Williams) - Everyone is delighted when delicious treats start appearing overnight at Mistress Lily's Fairy School! Everyone except Cook, that is—he doesn't want someone else to do his job. Can Rose find out what's going on and restore harmony to the Cloverleaf Cottage kitchen? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rose's Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression (Marissa Moss) - On January 1, 1935, Rose Samuels bids good riddance to a dry, desolate year and begins a new one. The severe drought has left the fields too dry for crops and the farms are all failing. Times are tough, but with hope, love, and determination, Rose and her family manage to turn the year around. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella (Alan Schroeder) - In this variation on the Cinderella story, based on the Charles Perrault version but set in the Smoky Mountains, Rose loses her glass slipper at a party given by the rich feller on the other side of the creek. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Snow White and Rose Red (Jacob Grimm) - Snow White and Rose Red are good, happy children, who live a peaceful life with their mother. When they meet a big black bear and an angry dwarf, their lives are changed forever - but will good eventually triumph over evil? This classic tale from the Brothers Grimm is brought to life in beautiful illustrations by Russian artist, Anastasiya Archipova. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Rose

    Famous People Named Rose

    Famous People Named Rose - Rose McGowan (actress); Rose Byrne (actress); Rose Kennedy (matriarch of the political Kennedy clan)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rose

    Children of Famous People Named Rose

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Rose - Caroline Kennedy (American royalty); Renee Russo (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Rose - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Rose

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rose

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