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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Prim"rose`
An early flowering plant of the genus Primula Primula vulgaris) closely allied to the cowslip. There are several varieties, as the white-, the red-, the yellow-flowered, etc. Formerly called also primerole primerolles.Any plant of the genus Primula.

Etymology: OE. primerole, F. primerole, a derivative fr. LL. primula, from L. primus first. See Prime (a.)

adjective Prim"rose`
Of or pertaining to the primrose; of the color of a primrose; -- hence, flowery; gay.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of numerous short-stemmed plants of the genus Primula having tufted basal leaves and showy flowers clustered in umbels or heads

Middle English primerose, from Old French, from Medieval Latin prima (“first”) + rosa (“rose”). The reason it was called this is not clear.

  1. A flowering plant of the genus Primula.
  2. A plant of the family Primulaceae.
  3. A plant of the genus Oenothera, better known as an evening primrose.
  4. Specifically, the species Primula acaulis (syn. Primula vulgaris).
  5. A flower of a primrose plant.
  6. A light yellow colour.

Notable Persons Named Primrose

Primrose was born in 1926.


Primrose was born in 1915. She breathed her last breath in 2004.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Primrose

Neil Primrose is a rock, britpop, and alternative rock musician. He was most active from 1990 to present. Neil was born Neil Primrose on February 20th, 1972 in Cumbernauld, Scotland.


Peter Primrose is a President of Legislative Council of New South Wales, Member of Legislative Council of New South Wales, Alderman of City of Campbelltown, President ofLegislative Council of New South Wales, Member ofLegislative Council of New South Wales, and Alderman ofCi. Peter was born on September 26th, 1955.


Philip C. H. Primrose was a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Philip was given the name Philip Carteret Hill Primrose on October 23rd, 1864 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He died on March 17th, 1937.


John was born on May 28th, 1942 in Ottawa, Canada.



Gilbert was born on February 27th, 1848. He breathed his last breath on February 16th, 1935.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Primrose U.S.
  White 88.24% 64.26%
  African American 8.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.83% 16.26%

Of Last Name Primrose

People with the last name Primrose are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Primrose

  • How Popular is the name Primrose? Primrose is the 20,195th most popular name of all time. As a last name Primrose was the 21,707th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Primrose have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 347 babies born with the first name Primrose in the United States. That's more than enough people named Primrose to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Primrose? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Primrose first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Primrose is Wednesday, April 1st, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Primrose born? The highest recorded use of the first name Primrose was in 2016 with a total of 59 babies.
  • Random Primrose Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Primrose is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Primrose: Your name in reverse order is Esormirp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rmesirop. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Primrose? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,199 people with the last name Primrose.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Primrose? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Primrose as their last name since less than 1 person in 244k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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