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Rose (F)>

Rose (female)

Variants:Reise (F) Róis (F) Rosa (F) Róza (F) Rózsa (F) Rüžena (F)
Diminutive(s):Rosina (F)
Diminutive for:Rosemary (F)
Pet Name(s):Rosie (F)
Pet Name for:Rosalind (F) Rosamund (F)
Derivative(s):Rosamund (F) Rosanna (F) Roselle (F) Rosemarie (F)
Lesser Synonym(s):Rosalia (F) Rosalie (F)
Masculine form:Rose (M)
Source(s): English Parish Register
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communication [HG]

English, possibly from Old German "horse" or "fame" or from the surnames Rose and Ross which may have been derived from the Norman place-name Rots, Old German "clearing".

Rose as a female forename pre-dates the Victorian introduction of flower names for girls.

A correspondent [HG] has suggested a possible alternative derivation of the surnames Rose and Ross from the Gaelic ros, "headland" This could also provide the derivation of the very rare use of Rose as a male forename.

In old documents in Latin, the form Rosa was used, with appropriate case endings for Rose.