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The ROSE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 146,924 168 0.054 545
United States (1880 census) 30,678 165 0.061 614
Change since 1880 +116246 -3 -0.007 -69
Other Countries
Australia 8,401 138 0.051 514
United Kingdom 32,803 143 0.071 714

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of ROSE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the ROSE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the ROSE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of ROSE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 896 0.61
Asian/Pacific 764 0.52
White (Caucasian) 123,754 84.23
Black/African American 15,956 10.86
Mixed Race 2,689 1.83
White (Hispanic) 2,865 1.95

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ROSE surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ROSE in historical publications

ROSE. This conniion and very beautiful name is somewhat diflicult to account for. I am inclined to think that it is often a substitution for Ross. The rose, it is true, has in all ages been regarded as the " Queen of Flowers," and as such has ever been associated with poetry and symbolism ; but how it became a surname, I cnn only conjecture, tliat it was from the device of the original bearer, Avhether that was displayed upon the jatriciau banner, or upon the ignoble sign-post. Salverte mentions a noble family of Poland, in the twelfth century, who are known to have adopted their surname of Rose from the charge of their shield ; and he adduces other instances of a similar practice. Essai, i. 240, &c. The Roses of ISTairnshire, settled there from temp. Alexander III., originally wrote themselves De Roos. Hugh Rose of Geddes, by marriage with the heiress of Byset, acquired the lands of Ivilravock, and had a crown charter of the barony from King John Baliol. " From that period the estate has descended lineally to the present in'oprictor." B.L.G.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to ROSE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ROSE.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ROSE

The following words are slight variants of ROSE that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.