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Gender: female
Pronunciation: roze-MAYR-ee, ROSE-mayr-ee
Meaning: sea dew; bitter rose; combination of Rose and Mary
Related Names: Maria, Marie, Mary, Romi, Romy, Rosa, Rose, Rosemaree, Rosemarey, Rosemari, Rosemaria, Rosemarie, Rosie, Rosmarie, Rozmary

Length: 8 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 678


Name: rosemary Origin: English,,, Latin,, Meaning (no case): sea dew; bitter rose; combination of rose and mary



Of Latin origin, the name Rosemary comes from “ros marinus,” meaning “mist of the sea.”[1] It may also be a blend of the two names Rose and Mary, presenting several other possible meanings.

While the name Rose could be associated with the Latin word ros, meaning “mist”, it is more often linked with the Latin rosa, referring to the flower “rose.” Others derive the name Rosemary from one of two Old English terms, either hrod, which means fame, or hros, which means horse. [1]

The name Mary also has several meanings, including “wished-for-child” and “bitterness” (Hebrew). Others associate Mary with the Latin phrase "stella maris," meaning “star of the sea. [1]


According to the Social Security Administration, the name Rosemary has ranked in the top 1000 names for girls for the past 100 year. It was especially popular in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, often ranking in the top 100.

  • 2007: Rank = 720
  • 2006: Rank = 699
  • 2005: Rank = 747
  • 2004: Rank = 719
  • 2003: Rank = 666
  • 2002: Rank = 636
  • 2001: Rank = 639
  • 2000: Rank = 634
  • 1999: Rank = 634[1]


  • This name is sometimes spelled “RoseMary” or “Rose Mary.”
  • Rosemary is the name of an aromatic herb and member of the mint family used in cooking. In folklore, rosemary is the symbol of remembrance. [1]
  • Rosemary is the name of two cities in North America: Rosemary, Alberta, Canada; and Rosemary Beach, Florida.


  • Rosemary's Baby - horror novel by Ira Levin. It was made into a movie by Roman Polanski in 1968.
  • Rosemary – fictional character on the television sitcom Coach
  • Rosemary Hunter Fordwick – character on the television show The Waltons
  • Rosemary – character in the film The Temp
  • Rosemary Cross – character in the film Rushmore
  • Rosemary Gallagher – character in the film Superstar
  • Rosemary Szabo – character in the film Flashdance
  • Rosemary & Thyme - British television series featuring gardening detectives Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme




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Author: Samantha Bell

Facts about RosemaryRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 8  +
Meaning sea dew; bitter rose; combination of Rose and Mary  +
Meaningnc sea dew; bitter rose; combination of rose and mary  +
Name rosemary  +
Origin English  +, and Latin  +
Popularity 3  +
Pronunciation roze-MAYR-ee, ROSE-mayr-ee  +
Rank in 2000s 678  +
Related Maria  +, Marie  +, Mary  +, Romi  +, Romy  +, Rosa  +, Rose  +, Rosemaree  +, Rosemarey  +, Rosemari  +, Rosemaria  +, Rosemarie  +, Rosie  +, Rosmarie  +, and Rozmary  +
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