Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian and Catalan: from rosa ‘rose’ (Latin
rosa), applied in part as a topographic name for someone who
lived where wild roses grew, in part as a habitational name for
someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a rose, and
in part as a nickname for someone with a pink, rosy complexion.
- Portuguese and Spanish: in most cases a short form of a
name such as (de la) Rosa (Spanish) or (da) Rosa
(Portuguese), or occasionally from the female personal name
- Polish and Czech: from the vocabulary word
rosa ‘dew’, ‘juice’, ‘sap’, applied as a nickname.
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