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PronouncedPron.RO-sa Spanish
RAW-za Italian
RAW-zu Portuguese
RO-sah Dutch
RO-za German
RO-zə English

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).
VariantsRosalía Spanish Rosalia Italian Rosália Portuguese Roos, Rosalie Dutch Rosalie German Rose, Rosabel, Rosabella English
DiminutivesRosita Spanish Rosella, Rosetta, Rosina Italian Rosinha Portuguese Roosje Dutch Rosie, Rosy English
Other Languages & CulturesHrodohaidis, Rothaid Ancient Germanic Roza, Ruzha Bulgarian Rozalija, Ruža, Rozika, Ružica Croatian Rozálie, Růžena Czech Rosalie, Rose, Roselle, Rosette, Rosine French Rosalía Galician Rozália, Rózsa, Róza, Rózsi Hungarian Róis, Róisín, Rosheen Irish Rosalia Late Roman Rozālija Latvian Rozalija, Rožė Lithuanian Roza, Rozalija, Ruzha Macedonian Rohese, Rohesia, Royse Medieval English Róża, Rozalia Polish Rozalia Romanian Roza, Rozaliya Russian Ruža Serbian Rozália Slovak Roza, Rozalija, Zala Slovene Raisa, Raisel Yiddish
Same SpellingRosa (2)
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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute