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Meaning & History

Originally a Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose (derived from Latin rosa). When the name was revived in the 19th century, it was probably with the flower in mind.
VariantsRosa, Rosabel, Rosabella English Rosalie French
DiminutivesRosie, Rosy English Rosette, Rosine, Roselle French
Other Languages & CulturesHrodohaidis, Rothaid Ancient Germanic Roza, Ruzha Bulgarian Rozalija, Ruža, Rozika, Ružica Croatian Rozálie, Růžena Czech Rosa Danish Roos, Rosa, Rosalie, Roosje Dutch Rosalía Galician Rosa, Rosalie German Rozália, Rózsa, Róza, Rózsi Hungarian Róis, Róisín, Rosheen Irish Rosa, Rosalia, Lia, Rosella, Rosetta, Rosina Italian Rosalia Late Roman Rozālija Latvian Rozalija, Rožė Lithuanian Roza, Rozalija, Ruzha Macedonian Rohese, Rohesia, Royse Medieval English Rosa Norwegian Róża, Rozalia Polish Rosa, Rosália, Rosinha Portuguese Rozalia Romanian Roza, Rozaliya Russian Ruža Serbian Rozália Slovak Roza, Rozalija, Zala Slovene Rosa, Rosalía, Rosita Spanish Rosa Swedish Raisa, Raisel Yiddish


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute