Rhodes

Rhodes is the name of an island in Greece with quite a few possible meanings. The first is that it comes from Greek rhódon meaning “rose” which may ultimately be derived from Persian *wrda- (rose), though it may also derive from Proto-Indo-European *wṛdho- meaning “sweetbriar”. It may also be based on Greek rhoíā meaning “pomegranate”. Rhodes may also be pre-Greek in origin,…

Zane

Zane is an English surname of unknown meaning though there have been attempts to link it as a shortened form of Zanelli and Zanetti, both Italian surnames deriving from the given name Zani which is the Italian form of John, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochana meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Other possible origins include: it may have…

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning “barren moor” or “barren heath” from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning “promontory”. However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short…

Warda

Warda is an Arabic unisex name (though more common for girls) meaning “rose, rosette, rosebush; flower”. Warda was also used as a nickname for someone who had a rosy or reddish complexion. Warda is also a Latin word meaning “watch, watchpost, protection” from Frankish *warda via Proto-Germanic *wardō ultimately deriving from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (to heed, notice). Origin: Arabic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wardah (Arabic)…

Rhoda

Rhoda is a female given name derived from Ancient Greek rhódon meaning “rose-bush” though it may also refer to someone who came from the island of Rhodes. The etymology seems to be pre-Greek in origin. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Rhode (Ancient Greek)   Male forms: Rhodes (Ancient Greek, English)  

Zuzu

Zuzu seems to be a variant form of Zuza, the Czech and Polish nickname for Zuzana, itself the Czech and Slovak form of Susanna which is the Greek form of Hebrew name Shoshannah which means “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. Zuzu is also a Chinese word or name meaning “full”…

Lokelani

Lokelani is a Hawaiian female name meaning “rose flower” or “heavenly rose” from Hawaiian loke (rose) and lani (heavens, sky, royal, majesty). Roselani is an older form of the name. Origin: Hawaiian Variants: Roselani (Hawaiian)  

Sukey

Sukey originally came about as a nickname for Susan or Susannah, which comes from Hebrew name Shoshannah meaning “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. It could also be a variant spelling of Tsuki, a Japanese word and name meaning “moon” (月) though it’s also used as a karate term meaning “thrust” (突き). Suki…

Royce

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…

Lita

Lita was originally used as a nickname for names ending in –lita such as Rosalita (Spanish diminutive of Rosa, the Latin form of Rose 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…

Oleander

Oleander is the name of a flowering shrub belonging to the genus Nerium, which is poisonous to humans if ingested. The name comes from Late Latin lorandrum from Ancient Greek rhododendron meaning “rose tree” from Ancient Greek elements rhodon (rose) and dendron (tree). The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin olea meaning “olive tree” because it apparently resembles an olive tree….

Rose

Rose is the name of a 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,…

Suzanne

Suzanne is the French form of Susanna, the Greek form of Hebrew name Shoshannah which means “lily”; it also means “rose” in modern Hebrew. It may ultimately be derived from Egyptian sšn meaning “lotus”. Nicknames: Suzie/Suzy Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian Variants: Susanna (Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Greek) Sousanna (Greek) Susannah (English) Shoshannah (Hebrew) Shoshana (Hebrew) Sawsan (Arabic) Suzana (Croatian,…

Rosaire

Rosaire is a French male name meaning “rosary” as well as also the French word for rosary. It comes from Latin rosarium meaning “rose garden” from rosa (rose) and arium (place for). It seems to have been very rare as a given name, and in spite of being a French male name Rosaire also seems to have some use as a…

Jared

Jared is the English form of Hebrew name Yared or Yered meaning “descent”, so named because in his time angels descended from Heaven down to earth. Jared could also be related to a root word meaning “to rule, command” and I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “rose”, although I don’t know how accurate that last part is. Jared…

Rosie

Rosie is usually treated as a nickname for Rose, the Norman form of Rohese meaning “famous type, famous kind” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and heid (kind, sort, type). Rose later became associated with Latin Rosa meaning “rose”, referring to the flower. Spelled Rosy, it refers to a pinkish-red color as well as used to refer to something that is cheerful, bright, and optimistic, or it can…

Rozalia

Rozalia is the Polish and Romanian form of Rosalia, which comes from Late Latin rosa meaning “rose”. Origin: Latin Variants: Rozália (Hungarian) Rosalia (Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Rosália (Portuguese) Rosalía (Galician, Spanish) Rozalija (Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian) Rosalie (French) Rozaliya (Russian)