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What does Rosemary mean?

Rosemary Pronunciation of Rosemary [rose-mary] as a girls' name is pronounced ROHZ-mare-ee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Rosemary is "dew of the sea". Also a blend of Rose and Mary, or refers to the fragrant herb, which in folklore is the emblem of remembrance. Singer Rosemary Clooney.

Associated with: dew (water), sea, blend, herb (tree).


Rosemary has 7 variants: Romy, Rosemaree, Rosemarey, Rosemaria, Rosemarie, Rosmarie and Rozmary.

3 more alternative forms via Mary, Rose: Rosena, Rosenah and Rosey.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Rosemary?

Rosemary is a very prominent first name for females (#204 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#97384 out of 150436, Top 65%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rosemary reached its peak position of #91 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #518. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rosemary name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rosemary outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Rosemary (#518 from current records) are Mary (#124 from current records), Rose (#166), Rosemarie (#1610), Rosena and Rosey. These forms of Rosemary were popular with parents in the 1880s (average #822) and are now significantly less widespread (#1069, down 96.2%), with forms such as Rosemary becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rosemary, Mary, Rose, Rosemarie, Rosena, Rosey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mary, Rose outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Remmy, Remy, Renay, Reseda, Rhemy, Robena, Roma, Romala, Romana, Romane, Romea, Romma, Romney, Ronay, Rory, Rosa, Rosae, Rosai, Rosal, Rosaley, Rosalyn, Rosamond, Rosamund, Rosana, Rosanagh, Rosario, Rosaura, Rosay, Roseann, Roseanna, Roseanne, Rosee, Roselaine, Roselia, Roselin, Roselina, Roselind, Roseline, Roselinn, Rosella, Roselle, Rosellen, Roselyn, Roselynn, Rosemond, Rosemonda (see Rosamond), Rosene, Roser, Rosetta, Rosette, Roshan, Roshana, Roshawn, Rosina, Rosita, Rosmund, Rossana, Rosy, Rowena, Roxey, Rozely (see Rosalie) and Tamary. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rosemary.

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