Rosa Family History
Rosa Name Meaning
Italian Catalan Spanish and Portuguese: from rosa ‘rose’ (from Latin rosa) applied as a topographic name for someone who lived where wild roses grew or as a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a rose or as a nickname for someone with a pink rosy complexion. Italian: from the female personal name Rosa from rosa ‘rose’. Under the influence of the cults of various Christian saints particularly Rosa patron saint of Viterbo this was a popular personal name in medieval Italy. It is also a Marian devotional name (compare Rosario ). Compare also De Rosa . Spanish and Portuguese: from the female personal name Rosa (see 2 above) or a short form of a surname such as De la Rosa (Spanish) or Da Rosa (Portuguese). Polish and Czech: from the vocabulary word rosa ‘dew juice sap’ applied as a nickname. Croatian and Serbian (Roša): from a Slavicized form of the Italian nickname Rosso (compare Roso ) or from a short and pet form of various personal names containing the syllable ro(š) (see Rosko ). Slovenian: probably a nickname from rosa ‘dew’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022