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Name Interview with Rosa

What is your name? (Include middle if you like)  Rosa
What decade were you born in?  50's
How did you get your name?  Named after grandmother...but i was told my mother looked in a shoe box at the hospital, lifted the lid, and there I was with my head lying on a rose
How did you feel about your name growing up?  Fine, liked it
How do you feel about your name now?  Still like it
If you have any kids, how did you choose their name(s)?  With a connection to my parents 
What is the name of your best friend?  I have so many. Rosaria, Corinne, Jennifer, Gayle, Karen, Fran, Mary
What are some common names for your age group?  Too many, nothing sticks out
If you had to give yourself a new first name, what would it be?  None
Of the kids you've met most recently, which are your favorites and least favorites?  I really don't like anything that sounds like a last name or profession, like "Taylor"or "Tanner." I like anything that comes from the Romance languages, such as Cristina and Domenica.

Rosa is just one of many rose names, from Rosalie to Rosaline, Rosalba to Rosetta, and simple Rose. Rose can also be a nickname, along with Rosie. Here are the number of births for some Rose names in 2011. (Popularity first, number of births second.)

Rosa #624, 458
Rose #291, 1077
Rosemary #654, 433
Rosalie #548, 528

Here are some that did not rank:
Roselyn, 296 births
Rosalyn, 156
Roslyn, 139
Rosie, 130
Rosalinda, 120
Rosario, 116
Rosalee, 102
Rosalynn, 92
Rosalia, 91
Rosemarie, 83
Roselynn, 65
Rosalina, 63
Rosalind, 61
Rozlyn, 58
Raizel, 53
Rosabella, 46
Rosanna, 39
Rosy, 34
Rozlynn, 33
Roselin, 29
Rosella, 26
Rosaleigh, 25
Rosetta, 25
Roisin, 24
Rozalyn, 22
Raisa, 21
Rosamaria, 21
Rosaline, 20
Rosaura, 20
Rosio, 20
Roslynn, 20
Roselia, 18
Rosely, 18
Rosita, 18
Rosalba, 17
Roseline, 17
Rosina, 17
Rosmery, 15
Rosibel, 14
Rozalynn, 14
Rosaly, 13
Rosalin, 12
Rosalva, 12
Rosaria, 12
Rosabelle, 11
Rosalea, 11
Rosaleen, 11
Roselie, 11
Rosanne, 10
Roseanna, 10
Raissa, 9
Rosilyn, 9
Rosselyn, 9 (there were more beginning with Ross- but I left them out as they seem like a female variation on Ross)
Rosali, 8
Rosi, 8
Rozalia, 8
Rozilyn, 8
Rosabel, 7
Rosalene, 7
Rosaley, 7
Rosalita, 7
Rosealynn, 7
Roseanne, 7
Roselee, 7
Rosey, 7
Roslin, 7
Rosmeri, 7
Raiza, 6
Reizel, 6
Rosaleah, 6
Rosealie, 6
Rosealina, 6
Roselani, 6
Roselina, 6
Roselle, 6
Roza, 6
Rozlin, 6
Rosalena, 5
Rosana, 5
Roseann, 5
Rosette, 5
Rosilynn, 5
Rosslynn, 5
Rozaria, 5
Rozelle, 5

And two other variants not included here are Rhoswen (Welsh, no births in 2011) and Rasia.
Altogether that is 91 different variations...!


  1. Rosamend, a latin-germanic version (Ros or Hros), meaning horse, but it falls under the flower category rose as well. Rosamund is charmingly rare. Can be spelled Rosamunde, Rosamunda, or Rosamond, Rosamonde, Rosamonda.


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