Meaning and Name Origin
Rose \r(o)-se\ as a girls' name is pronounced rohz. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Rose is "rose". Flower name from rosa. The name, which the Normans brought to Britain in the 11th century, can also be traced to the Old German words hros meaning "horse", or hrod meaning "fame, renown". The flower meaning is possibly more valid, given the Christian symbolic meaning of the rose. The "rosa mystica" is the Virgin Mary. An elaboration, Rosario is popular in Spain. Actress Rosario Dawson; TV talk show host Rosie O'Donnell.
Rose has 59 variants: Rasia, Rasine, Rasja, Rasya, Rhoda▼, Rhodea, Rhodia, Rhody, Rosa▼, Rosaleen, Rosalia▼, Rosalie▲, Rosalin, Rosalina, Rosalind▼, Rosaline, Rosalinn, Rosalynn, Rosanie, Roseellen, Roselia, Roselina, Roseline, Rosella▼, Roselle, Rosellen, Rosena, Rosenah, Rosene, Rosetta▼, Rosette, Rosey, Rosheen, Rosie▼, Rosina▼, Rosine, Rosio, Rosita▼, Roslyn▼, Rosy, Roza, Rozalie, Rozaline, Rozalyne, Roze, Rozele, Rozella, Rozene, Rozina, Rozsa, Rozsi, Rozsika, Rozy, Ruza, Ruzena, Ruzenka, Ruzha, Ruzsa and Zita.
Rose is a very prominent first name for females (#65 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#157 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Rose for girls. Rose reached its peak rank of #14 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is currently at #194. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Rose and associated names. Popular variation forms of Rose (#194 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Rosalie (#310 the previous year), Rosemary (#575), Rosa (#608), Rosie (#844), Rosalyn (#985), Rosita, Rosina, Roslyn, Zita, Rozella, Rosy, Rosetta, Roseanne, Rosalina, Rosalia, Rosalind, Rosaline, Rhoda, Rosario and Rosella. Usage of these girl names reached its highest during the years 1930-1939 and is now significantly less, with forms like Rosa, Rosetta, Rosina, Roslyn and Rosella becoming somewhat dated. Rosalie (#310) is the most contemporarily stylish girl name among these, with this name going through a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Rose is alike in pronunciation to Reese▲, Rise, Roice, Ros, Ross, Rosse, Royce and Roz. Other suggested similar baby names are Resi, Risa, Roch, Rosai, Rosay, Rosee, Roser, Roxey, Roxi, Roxie▼, Roxy and Rysa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rose.