Rosemary Name Meaning & Origin

Rosemary

Pronunciation: ROHZ-meh-ree (key)

Origin of the name Rosemary:

Combination name formed from the names Rose (horse; rose) and Mary. The name became popular at a time when flower names were coming into use, and it might therefore have originated as a borrowing of the name of the herb rosemary, which is derived from the Latin ros marīnus (dew of the sea).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Rosemary: | Edit

I love the name. It always reminds me of the spice... but its a very pretty name.

Very nice, sophisticated name.

Personal experiences with the name Rosemary: | Edit

My name is Rosemary and I've always enjoyed it. I do not use a nn outside of my family. I figure that my parents gave me an extraordinary name- why go by an ordinary Rose or Mary. People do tend to ask me if my sisters name is Oregano or make a comment about "Rosemary's Baby". I've only met a handful of other Rosemarys which I like.

My older sister is named Rosemary. She was always the drama-queen, haha, and used to annoy and tease me a bit when we were younger, but now that we're adults she's grown out of that phase.

My name is Rosemary, and I really like my name. I go by Rosey and Rose. I recommend it, lovely name

There was a girl named Rosemary at a place where I once worked. She was very pretty, little and petite. But she was a snotty snob!

Nicknames for Rosemary: | Edit

Mary, Ro, Rose, Rosey, Rosie, Ry, Romy

Meanings and history of the name Rosemary: | Edit

From the latin meaning "dew of the sea", or sea foam. Aphrodite was born from sea foam. Rosemary the herb is a symbol of remembrance and faithfulness.

Famous real-life people named Rosemary: | Edit

Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress
Rosemary Sutcliff, British novelist
Rosemary LaPlanche, Miss America in 1941
Rosemary Alexander, American actress
Rosemary Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy
Rosemary West, British serial killer
Rosemary Valentine, renowned canc- healer
Rosemary Wells, American author
Rosemary Ellen Guiley, American researcher and writer
Rosemary DeCamp, American radio, film and television actress

Rosemary in song, story & screen: | Edit

Rosemary Woodhouse, the title character in Ira Levin's 1967 horror novel Rosemary's Baby & the 1968 Roman Polanski film adaptation
Rosemary Boxer, a main character in the BBC tv series "Rosemary and Thyme"
The chorus of the folk song "Scarborough Fair" begins "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme..."
In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia describes rosemary as an herb for "remembrance."
Rosemary, The Giver's deceased daughter in Lois Lowry's novel "The Giver"
Miss Rosemary Cross, the object of Max Fischer's affection in the film "Rushmore"
Rosemary Pilkington, female lead of the musical How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Rosemary Hoyt, a main character in the novel "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Rosemary Telesco, a boys first love in the 2005 film Little Manhattan
"Love Grows where my Rosemary Goes", a song by Edison Lighthouse

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