Meaning and Name Origin
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%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Rosemary and associated names. Prominent related forms of Rosemary (#575 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 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 the years 1930-1939 and are now significantly less widespread, with forms such as Rosa, Rosella, Rosemarie, Rosetta and Rosina becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)