Rose Family History
Rose Name Meaning
English Scottish French Walloon Danish and German: from the name of the flower Middle English Old French Middle High German rose (from Latin rosa) in various applications. In part it is a topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house bearing the sign of the rose. It is also found especially in Europe as a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion (compare 4 below). In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates and similar-sounding names from other languages e.g. Hungarian Rózsa (see Rozsa ) Slovak Róža and Czech Roza . Compare 6 below and French Larose English: from the Middle English female personal name Rohese Roese later Rose Royse (ancient Germanic Hrodohaidis Rothaid composed of the elements hrōd ‘fame renown’ + haid(is) ‘kind sort’). English and Scottish: variant of Ross . French and Walloon (Rosé): nickname for someone with a rosy complexion from rosé ‘pinkish rosy’. French: habitational name from (La) Rose the name of several places in various parts of France. Compare Larose French and Walloon: from the female personal name Rose from the name of the flower (see 1 above). This surname is also found in the West Indies and Mauritius.7: Italian (Calabria): habitational name from Rose the name of a place in Calabria.8: In some cases also an Americanized or Italianized form of Slovenian Rože: from a short form of any old vernacular form of the personal name Erazem Latin Erasmus in which the syllable raz was altered to rož (see Rozman ).9: Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish female personal name Royze derived from the Yiddish word royz ‘flower’ or an artificial name from the same word.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press