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Possibly associated with the vocabulary word for the fragrant flower derived from rosa or a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element hros meaning "horse." A top 50 name from the 1880s until 1943 influenced early on by the famous nursery rhyme, "Ring a Ring O'Roses" or "Ring Around the Rosie," when it was first printed in 1881. A prominent bearer of the name is Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy who was the mother of nine children including former president John F. Kennedy. Also inspiring the name is Rose Marie, an actress who began her career as a child star under the name, "Baby Rose Marie, and is most famous for her role as "Sally Rogers" on the 1960s "Dick Van Dyke Show." Rosie O'Donnell, an 11-time Emmy Award-winning American talk show host, television personality, comedienne and actress is another famous bearer. "The Rose" is the title of song sung by Bette Midler and featured in the 1979 movie of the same name. A strong independent name for years, but may also be popular as a combination name like Rosemarie or Roseanne. , Of The Rose Blossom
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