What does Rosemary mean?
Rosemary \r(o)-sema-ry, ros(e)-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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Rosemary for girls. Rosemary reached its peak position of #91 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #575. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Rosemary (#575 the previous year) are Mary (#120 the previous year), Rosa (#608), Rose (#194), Rosella, Rosemarie, Rosetta, Rosina, Rosita and Rosy. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.6116%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.2503%, down 59.1%), with forms such as Rosa, Rosella, Rosemarie, Rosetta and Rosina becoming somewhat dated. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Rosemary and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)