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

Rosemary has 16 more alternative forms via Mary, Rose: Rosa, Roselia, Roselina, Roseline, Rosella, Roselle, Rosellen, Rosena, Rosenah, Rosene, Rosetta, Rosette, Rosey, Rosina, Rosita and Rosy.


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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rosemary name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mary, Rosa, Rose, Rosella, Rosemarie, Rosemary, Rosetta, Rosina, Rosita, Rosy in U.S.

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