Rose is currently more popular as a middle name than a forename in the U.S., though it is starting to edge closer to the Top 100. It’s much more popular in France (#20), Australia (#55), Belgium (#64), New Zealand (#56), Scotland (#70), Ireland (#75), and Northern Ireland (Ireland by any other name) (#62).
I’m far from the only name nerd who’s rather surprised this name hasn’t become much more popular as the generation of girls who saw Titanic over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again reached adulthood and started having kids.
Madison for a girl rose to prominence some years after that insipid movie Splash, and Jennifer remained popular well after the era of Love Story. If Rose were going to get popular because of Titanic, it would’ve happened by now.
Other forms of Rose, and names with the “rose” element, include:
1. Roza is Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovenian, Georgian, Armenian. The variation Roža is Serbian and Croatian, and Róża is Polish.
2. Rosa is Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Scandinavian, German, and English.
3. Ruža is Serbian, Slovakian, and Croatian. The base nickname is Ružica.
4. Rózsa is Hungarian. The base nickname is Rózsi.
5. Rožė is Lithuanian.
6. Růžena is Czech. The variation Ružena is Slovak.
7. Rosalia is Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. A variant Spanish and Galician form is Rosalía.
8. Rozalia is Polish. The variation Rozália is Slovak and Hungarian.
9. Rosalie is French, English, German, and Dutch.
10. Rozálie is Czech, with the final two letters pronounced separately instead of as one.
11. Rozalija is Slovenian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, and Croatian. A Slovenian nickname is Zala. The variation Rozālija is Latvian.
12. Róis is Irish. The nickname is Róisín, Anglicized as Rosheen.
13. Roos is Dutch, with the nickname Roosje.
14. Raisa, Raiza, Reyza, Reysa, Raysa, or Rayza, is Yiddish. The base nickname is alternately transliterated as Rayzel, Rayzl, Raysl, Raisel, Raizel, Raisl, Raizl, Raysel, Reyzel, Reysl, and Reyzl.
15. Rosita is a Spanish diminutive.
16. Rosine is a French diminutive.
17. Roselle is another French nickname.
18. Rosette is also French.
19. Rosabel is an English name created in the 18th century.
20. Rosabella is an elaborated form of Rosabel.
21. Rosella is an Italian diminutive.
22. Rosetta is also Italian.
23. Rosina is another Italian nickname.
24. Rhosyn is a rare Welsh name.
25. Rosalba means “white rose” in Italian. I’ve always loved this name.
26. Rosalind originated as the Old Germanic name Roslindis, meaning “tender horse,” though its modern spelling was influenced by the Latin phrase rosa linda, “beautiful rose.”
27. Rosalinda is Italian.
28. Rosalina is Spanish.
29. Rosaline is Medieval English.
30. Rozenn is Breton.
31. Rosamund originated as the Old Germanic name Rosmunda, meaning “horse protection,” though it later became associated with the Latin phrase rosa munda, “pure rose.” A variation is Rosamond.
32. Rosemonde is French.
33. Rhoswen means “pure rose” in Welsh.
34. Roosi is Estonian.
35. Rós is Icelandic.
36. Rosal is Filipino, and a unisex name.
37. Rosanella is French.
38. Rosanie is French.
39. Rósar means “rose army” in Icelandic.
40. Rosaura is an Italian and Spanish name derived from the Latin rosa aurea, “golden rose.” I love this name!
41. Roseda is a Spanish name derived from the Latin rosetum, “rose garden.”
42. Rosena is Bulgarian and English.
43. Rosenwyn is a rare, modern Cornish name meaning “white rose.”
44. Rósey means “rose island” in Icelandic.
45. Rosiliria means “rose lily” in Spanish.
46. Rozuko means “child of a rose” in Japanese.
47. Ruusu is Finnish.
48. Særós means “sea rose” in Icelandic.
49. Vered is Hebrew.
50. Vardan is Armenian. This is a male name.
51. Vardo is Georgian.
52. Sirvard means “love rose” in Armenian.
53. Sarnai is Mongolian.
54. Varduhi means “rose lady” in Armenian.
55. Ruvsá is Sami, a language spoken in northwestern Russia and northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
56. Snærós means “snow rose” in Icelandic. This is a modern, invented name.
57. Vardiella means “rose of God” in Hebrew.
58. Varteni means “rose tree” in Armenian.
59. Warda, Wardah, or Wardi is Arabic.
60. Gol is Persian. The Turkish form is Gül, and the Urdu and Pashto form is Gul. This element appears in many, many names.
61. Kolab is Khmer.
62. Mawar is Indonesian and Malaysian.
63. Kulap is Thai. This name is unisex.
64. Nasrin means “wild rose” in Persian.