ROSA (1)
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: RO-sah (Spanish, Dutch), RAW-zah (Italian), RO-zə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).
Related Names
DIMINUTIVES: Rosita (Spanish), Rosella, Rosetta, Rosina, Rossella (Italian), Rosinha (Portuguese), Rosie, Rosy, Rosabel (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Hrodohaidis, Rothaid (Ancient Germanic), Rohese, Rohesia, Royse (Medieval English)
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