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Origins of the Rose surname

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What does the name Rose mean?

The Rose surname is English and Scottish, and is believed to have a number of sources of origin. Most commonly it has a patronymic root, given to those who are the son or descendant of someone named 'Ross', 'Roe', 'Rowe' or 'Rose' (a medieval pet or diminutive form of Roland). It can also sometimes be a geographic name, relating to someone who lives at or near a rose tree. Lastly, it could also be descriptive, relating to someone who had a particularly rosy complexion and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Rose

Rose, Rows, Ros, Ross, Roose

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Where do most Roses live?

In 1921, most Roses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Roses

How common is your surname?

137th most common surname in the UK

We have 235,000 records for the Rose surname. The oldest one dates back to 1196.

Who were Roses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Rose first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Roses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Roses in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Roses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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