Rosetta is the Italian diminutive of Rosa essentially meaning “little rose”,which comes 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”.

Rosetta is also the name of the Rosetta Stone, an important stone stele found in Egypt, 1799, which proved to be an important key to deciphering Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The name of the stone, Rosetta, comes from the name of a port city located it the Nile Delta, which seems to have originated as a corruption of Rašīd/Rashid meaning “following the right path; rightly guided” or as a corruption of a Coptic toponym. Rosetta is also an Italian surname originating from the name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Arabic



  • Rosette (French)
  • Rosine (French)
  • Roselle (French)
  • Rosella (Italian)
  • Rosina (Italian)


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