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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. RO-sa(Spanish, Dutch)
RAW-za(Italian)
RAW-zu(European Portuguese)
HAW-zu(Brazilian Portuguese)
RAW-zə(Catalan)
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).