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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


Similar surnames: Ross, Rosa, Rode, Hose, Roser, Rosen, Rowe, Rase, Roe, Grose

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You can see how Rose families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rose family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rose families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 428 Rose families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Rose's in USA. New York had the highest population of Rose families in 1840.
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What did your Rose ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rose. 15% of Rose men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Rose women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rose were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Teacher
    5%
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What is the average Rose lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rose life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rose in 1940 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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