It was later associated with the Latin rosa in the Middle Ages, when it was often found in the form Rohesia (Latinized). The name was thus popular among medieval Christians due to the association of the flower with the Virgin Mary. The flower is also a symbol of many other things, including love and Britain, thereby ensuring the long-lasting popularity of Rose as a given name. In the 19th century, it enjoyed a renewed boost in popularity due to the vogue of using flower names as given names then.
The name was borne by Saint Rose of Lima (1586-1617), the first saint in America. As a royal name, it was borne by the sister of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor (1496-1533), known also as 'Mary Rose', and Princess Margaret Rose (1930-2002), Countess of Snowdon. The name is sometimes used as a short form of Rosemary; as for other names starting with 'Ros-', such as Rosalind and Rosamund, it is rarely used as a short form due to the difference in pronunciation.Rada, Rasia, Rasine, Rasja, Rasya, Rhodia, Rhosyn, Roesia, Rohais, Rohesia, Ros, Rosa (also used in Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Spanish), Rosae, Rosai, Rosalia (also used in Italian and Spanish), Rosalie (also used in French), Rosalind, Rosanna, Rosaura (also used in Spanish), Rosay, Rosea, Roseanne, Roseda, Rosee, Rosel, Roselaine, Roselica, Rosell, Rosemeen, and Rosemienta. Other English variants include the diminutive forms Reisel, Reisl, Rosella (also used in Italian), Roselle (also used in French), Rosetta (also used in Italian), Rosette (also used in French), Rosi (also used in German), Rosie, Rosita (also used in Spanish), and Rosy.
Forms of Rose used in foreign languages include Chalina (Spanish), Chara (Spanish), Charo (Spanish), Losa (Tongan), Lose (Tongan), Raisa (Russian), Raizel (Yiddish), Reise (Yiddish), Rois (Irish), Roisin (Irish), Roos (Dutch), Rosal (Catalan), Rosalin (Spanish), Rosalina (Spanish), Rosalinda (Spanish), Rosana (Spanish), Roser (Catalan), Rossella (Italian), Roza (Hungarian, Polish, and Russian), Rozalia (Hungarian and Polish), Roze (Lithuanian), Rozele (Lithuanian), Rozene (Native American), Rozsa (Hungarian), Rozsi (Hungarian), Rozyte (Lithuanian), Róis (Gaelic and Irish), Róza (Polish), Rózsa (Hungarian), and Ruusu (Finnish). The diminutive forms Roosje (Dutch), Rosina (German and Italian), Rosine (French and German), and Róisín (Irish) are other foreign variants. Variant forms inherit the origin and meaning of the name Rose.
Rose is an English form of Rosa.
Rose is a classic favorite. Currently it is still popular as a baby girl name, but not to the degree it was in the past. Its usage peaked in 1908 with 0.954% of baby girls being named Rose. It had a ranking of #16 then. The baby name has experienced a substantial loss in popularity since then, and it is used on a modest scale in recent times. In 2012, its usage was only 0.064% and its ranking #261, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. In 2012, Rose was 60% more commonly used than the next most popular name, Rosalie.
† English pronunciation for Rose: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"
Details of famous persons named Rose:
Actress Rose McGowan, born 5 September 1973, Florence, Italy.
Actress Diane Ladd, born Rose Diane Ladner November 29, 1935, Meridian, Mississippi.