Rosemary name meaning

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in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Rosemary

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Rosemary means "A combination of the names Rose and Mary. Also a reference to the herb rosemary. Means 'Dew of the sea'".
  2. According to 3 people from the United Kingdom and the United States, the name Rosemary is of Latin origin and means "Dew of the sea".
  3. A submission from South Africa says the name Rosemary means "Dew of the sun".
  4. A user from California, U.S. says the name Rosemary means "A herb used in cooking".
  5. A user from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Rosemary means "Flower".
  6. According to a user from Ghana, the name Rosemary means "a beautiful girl outside and within. She is ambitious and talented".
  7. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Rosemary means "Remembrance".
  8. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Rosemary is of French origin and means "Love of life".
  9. According to a user from Connecticut, U.S., the name Rosemary means "Giftt of god".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rose"ma*ry
A labiate shrub (Rosmarinus officinalis) with narrow grayish leaves, growing native in the southern part of France, Spain, and Italy, also in Asia Minor and in China. It has a fragrant smell, and a warm, pungent, bitterish taste. It is used in cookery, perfumery, etc., and is an emblem of fidelity or constancy.

Etymology: OE. rosmarine, L. rosmarinus; ros dew (cf. Russ. rosa, Lith. rasa, Skr. rasa juice) + marinus marine: cf. F. romarin. In English the word has been changed as if it meant the rose of Mary. See Marine

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  1. Extremely pungent leaves used fresh or dried as seasoning for especially meats
  2. Widely cultivated for its fragrant grey-green leaves used in cooking and in perfumery

A combination of Rose and Mary, referring to the flower as a symbol of Virgin Mary, first recorded in the eighteenth century. It is found in continental Europe as Rosemarie and Rosa Maria. After mid-nineteenth century when flower names became common it may also refer to the herb rosemary, Latin ros marinus "dew of the sea".

  1. A female given name from Latin.

Rosemary was also found in the following language(s): Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Rosemary

Notable Persons Named Rosemary

Rosemary Kennedy

Rosemary was given the name Rose Marie Kennedy by her parents Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Kennedy on September 13th, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath on January 7th, 2005.

Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney was a singer and actress. She was most active from 1946 to 2001. Rosemary was born on May 23rd, 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, U.S. She breathed her last breath on June 29th, 2002.

Rosemary West

Rosemary West is a criminal.

Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1948. Rosemary was given the name Rosemary Ann Harris on September 19th, 1927 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Timi Yuro

Timi Yuro was a soul music, rhythm, and blues singer-songwriter. Her career lasted from 1961 to 1961. Timi was given the name Rosemary Timothy Yuro on August 4th, 1940 in Chicago. She breathed her last breath on March 30th, 2004.

Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon is a celtic music, folk music, pop music, and christian music musician. She was most active from 1967 to present. Dana was given the name Rosemary Brown on August 30th, 1951 in Islington, London, England. Dana is also known as Dana.

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    Television Journalist
  • Rosemary DiCarlo
    United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Rosemary Mayers Collyer
  • Rosemary Barkett
    Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
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  • Rosemary Prinz
  • Dame Rosemary Butler
    Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rosemary

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rosemary

Princess Rosemary

She holds the title Archduchess and Princess Rosemary of Austria; Princess Rosemary of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany. Princess was born as the child of Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria (1879–1962) on April 13th, 1904 in Potsdam. She left this life on May 3rd, 2001.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rosemary U.S.
  White 77.36% 64.26%
  African American 5.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rosemary

People with the last name Rosemary are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Rosemary

  • What name lists does Rosemary rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rosemary? Rosemary is the 468th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rosemary was the 153,769th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rosemary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 157,776 babies born with the first name Rosemary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rosemary to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rosemary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Rosemary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rosemary is Monday, August 18th, 1856.
  • What year had the most people named Rosemary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rosemary was in 1947 with a total of 4,542 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rosemary!
  • Random Rosemary Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rosemary ranks 80th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 98 babies in Missouri have the same name in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Rosemary: The name spelled backwards is Yramesor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Romeyrsa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rosemary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 106 people with the last name Rosemary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rosemary? Rosemary is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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