This name, originally Roese or Rohese, was brought to England by the Normans. It is probably a form of Hrodheid, which comes from the Germanic elements hrod "bright/flame" and heid "kind; sort" or haid(is) meaning "king." It could also come from the element hros meaning "horse," or however, it was its association with the rose flower that contributed to its popularity. When the name was revived in the Victorian era, it followed on the heels of other flower names, like Violet, Pansy, and Poppy.
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