ROSALIND
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: ROZ-ə-lind   [key]
Meaning & History
Derived from the Germanic elements hros "horse" and linde "soft, tender". The Normans introduced this name to England, though it was not common. During the Middle Ages its spelling was influenced by the Latin phrase rosa linda "beautiful rose". The name was popularized by Edmund Spencer, who used it in his poetry, and by William Shakespeare, who used it for the heroine in his comedy 'As You Like It' (1599).
Related Names
DIMINUTIVES: Ros, Roz
OTHER LANGUAGES: Roslindis (Ancient Germanic), Rosalinda (Italian), Rosalina (Portuguese), Rosalina, Rosalinda (Spanish)
Popularity
United States  - 
England/Wales  -