Rosemary

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rosemary

"Rosemary" is a name of English origin, and it means "Herb". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rose"ma*ry
A labiate shrub (Rosmarinus officinalis) with narrow grayish leaves, growing native in the southern part of France, Spain, and Italy, also in Asia Minor and in China. It has a fragrant smell, and a warm, pungent, bitterish taste. It is used in cookery, perfumery, etc., and is an emblem of fidelity or constancy.

Etymology: OE. rosmarine, L. rosmarinus; ros dew (cf. Russ. rosa, Lith. rasa, Skr. rasa juice) + marinus marine: cf. F. romarin. In English the word has been changed as if it meant the rose of Mary. See Marine

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  1. Extremely pungent leaves used fresh or dried as seasoning for especially meats
  2. Widely cultivated for its fragrant grey-green leaves used in cooking and in perfumery
Wiktionary

A combination of Rose and Mary, referring to the flower as a symbol of Virgin Mary, first recorded in the eighteenth century. It is found in continental Europe as Rosemarie and Rosa Maria. After mid-nineteenth century when flower names became common it may also refer to the herb rosemary, Latin ros marinus "dew of the sea".

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Rosemary

Rosemary was given the name Rose Marie Kennedy by her parents Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Kennedy on September 13th, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath on January 7th, 2005.

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Rosemary Clooney was a singer and actress. She was most active from 1946 to 2001. Rosemary was born on May 23rd, 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, U.S. She breathed her last breath on June 29th, 2002.

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Rosemary West is a criminal.

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Rosemary Harris is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1948. Rosemary was given the name Rosemary Ann Harris on September 19th, 1927 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

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Timi Yuro was a soul music, rhythm, and blues singer-songwriter. Her career lasted from 1961 to 1961. Timi was given the name Rosemary Timothy Yuro on August 4th, 1940 in Chicago. She breathed her last breath on March 30th, 2004.

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Dana Rosemary Scallon is a celtic music, folk music, pop music, and christian music musician. She was most active from 1967 to present. Dana was given the name Rosemary Brown on August 30th, 1951 in Islington, London, England. Dana is also known as Dana.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rosemary

She holds the title Archduchess and Princess Rosemary of Austria; Princess Rosemary of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany. Princess was born as the child of Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria (1879–1962) on April 13th, 1904 in Potsdam. She left this life on May 3rd, 2001.

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How popular is the baby name Rosemary in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 9 9 0
1883 8 8 0
1884 7 7 0
1885 5 5 0
1886 11 11 0
1887 11 11 0
1888 8 8 0
1889 14 14 0
1890 16 16 0
1891 11 11 0
1892 16 16 0
1893 23 23 0
1894 12 12 0
1895 23 23 0
1896 18 18 0
1897 29 29 0
1898 29 29 0
1899 23 23 0
1900 40 40 0
1901 29 29 0
1902 37 37 0
1903 48 48 0
1904 54 54 0
1905 64 64 0
1906 61 61 0
1907 87 87 0
1908 91 91 0
1909 123 123 0
1910 141 141 0
1911 160 160 0
1912 298 298 0
1913 388 388 0
1914 563 563 0
1915 820 820 0
1916 996 996 0
1917 1,124 1,124 0
1918 1,259 1,259 0
1919 1,330 1,330 0
1920 1,713 1,713 0
1921 2,034 2,034 0
1922 2,170 2,170 0
1923 2,433 2,428 5
1924 2,740 2,735 5
1925 2,759 2,754 5
1926 2,907 2,901 6 #95 girl name
1927 3,165 3,153 12 #86 girl name
1928 2,979 2,971 8 #88 girl name
1929 3,118 3,104 14 #80 girl name
1930 3,151 3,151 0 #82 girl name
1931 2,735 2,721 14 #88 girl name
1932 2,493 2,483 10 #100 girl name
1933 2,234 2,226 8
1934 2,139 2,131 8
1935 2,402 2,395 7 #97 girl name
1936 2,155 2,147 8
1937 2,318 2,307 11
1938 2,692 2,681 11 #95 girl name
1939 2,618 2,611 7 #94 girl name
1940 2,884 2,874 10 #85 girl name
1941 2,685 2,676 9 #94 girl name
1942 3,012 3,001 11 #92 girl name
1943 2,980 2,968 12 #96 girl name
1944 2,756 2,744 12 #99 girl name
1945 3,505 3,500 5 #79 girl name
1946 4,496 4,488 8 #74 girl name
1947 4,542 4,542 0 #80 girl name
1948 3,880 3,869 11 #90 girl name
1949 3,640 3,633 7 #98 girl name
1950 3,464 3,457 7
1951 3,349 3,342 7
1952 2,785 2,785 0
1953 2,428 2,428 0
1954 2,198 2,189 9
1955 2,016 2,011 5
1956 2,070 2,063 7
1957 2,280 2,273 7
1958 2,215 2,215 0
1959 2,238 2,232 6
1960 2,189 2,189 0
1961 2,130 2,130 0
1962 1,945 1,936 9
1963 1,738 1,733 5
1964 1,635 1,628 7
1965 1,284 1,276 8
1966 1,121 1,121 0
1967 920 914 6
1968 880 874 6
1969 802 795 7
1970 796 796 0
1971 750 744 6
1972 618 618 0
1973 608 608 0
1974 624 624 0
1975 535 535 0
1976 497 497 0
1977 465 459 6
1978 453 453 0
1979 489 489 0
1980 576 576 0
1981 573 565 8
1982 531 531 0
1983 495 490 5
1984 488 488 0
1985 512 512 0
1986 472 472 0
1987 455 455 0
1988 432 432 0
1989 474 466 8
1990 477 472 5
1991 429 429 0
1992 420 420 0
1993 394 394 0
1994 402 402 0
1995 403 403 0
1996 420 420 0
1997 339 339 0
1998 393 393 0
1999 374 374 0
2000 395 395 0
2001 396 396 0
2002 403 403 0
2003 399 399 0
2004 374 374 0
2005 361 361 0
2006 408 408 0
2007 403 403 0
2008 396 396 0
2009 404 404 0
2010 393 393 0
2011 437 437 0
2012 478 478 0
2013 560 560 0
2014 531 531 0
2015 604 604 0
2016 729 729 0

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Popularity of Rosemary as a first name

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Popularity of Rosemary as a last name

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Common last names for Rosemary

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Murphy
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Harris
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Campbell

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rosemary U.S.
  White 77.36% 64.26%
  African American 5.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rosemary

People with the last name Rosemary are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Rosemary

  • How Popular is the name Rosemary? Rosemary is the 463rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rosemary was the 153,769th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rosemary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 155,573 babies born with the first name Rosemary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rosemary to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rosemary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Rosemary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rosemary is Monday, August 18th, 1856.
  • What year had the most people named Rosemary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rosemary was in 1947 with a total of 4,542 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rosemary!
  • Random Rosemary Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rosemary ranks 52nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 117 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Rosemary: Your name in reverse order is Yramesor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rremsoya. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rosemary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 106 people with the last name Rosemary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rosemary? Rosemary is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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