Derived from the Germanic elements hros
meaning "horse" and lind
meaning "soft, tender, flexible". 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).