Rosalind Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Rosalind:
Introduced to England by the Normans, Rosalind is of Germanic origin. It is a derivative of the Old High German Roslindis, a compound name composed of the elements hros (horse) and hrôs (fame) and lind (gentle, tender, soft). The name was introduced to Spain by the Goths, where it evolved to Rosalinda. Consequently, folk etymology now attributes the name as being derived from the Spanish elements rosa (rose) and linda (beautiful).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Old German origin, and the meaning of Rosalind is "gentle horse". Also possibly a 16th-century poetic creation by Spenser, which has the meaning "beautiful rose".
Rosalind is a moon of Uranus.
- Famous real-life people named Rosalind
Rosalind Russell, American actress from classic 1940s comedies
Rosalind Franklin, pioneering British scientist who helped uncover the structure of the DNA molecule
Rosalind Chao, American actress
Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson (b. 2012), daughter of American actress and model Uma Thurman and London-based French financier Arpad Busson
- Rosalind in song, story & screen
Rosalind, main character in William Shakespeare's play "As You Like It"
Rosalind, character in the book "Horse Heaven" by Jane Smiley.
Rosalind Penderwick, one of four main characters in the children's novels "The Penderwicks" and "The Penderwicks on Gardam Street"
Rosalind Antigone Bungs, a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling