Royce comes from an English surname which derives from a medieval female name Royse, a variant of Rose, the name of the flower which derives from Latin rosa meaning “rose” via Greek rhodon (rose) which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. Rose was also originally the Norman form of Germanic names beginning with hrod meaning “fame”, originally spelled Rohese or Roese. Rose is also a short form of names like Rosamund, Rosaline or Rosalind, in which case the first part of the name comes from Germanic hros meaning “horse”. Royce is also a surname, either derived as a place name for someone who lived near a place with wild roses or originating as a nickame for someone with a rosy complexion, though it may also have been a matrynomic surname referring to someone whose mother was named Rose.
Origin: Persian, Proto-Indo-European, Germanic
- Royse (English)
- Rose (English)
- Rosie (English)