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Rose (M)>

Rose (male)

Variants:Ross (M)
Derivative(s):Royston (M)
Feminine form:Rose (F) Rosina (F)
Private communications [BMcI, GB, HG]

Scottish. Rose as a male forename is very rare - possibly only found in Scotland - and probably derived, as is Ross, from the Gaelic ros, "a headland".

A correspondent [HG] sent this note:
" ... Rose Dempster Fraser from Dornoch, Scotland. His existence is well documented - he ended up in Bermuda. I think the name Rose came from the local surname - Rose ... "

Another correspondent [GB] reports Rose Swanson, a (male) blacksmith, born about 1827 in Keithhall, Scotland, in the 1851 Census at Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; and a son, Rose Duncan, on a gravestone in Ellon, Aberdeenshire dated 1833.

A third correspondent [BMcI] notes a Rose Porter, a crofter, born in Aberdeenshire early in the 19th century.