Latin form of the name Rose.

Associated with the Old Norse “rós”, which derives from Latin rosa, with the Germanic “hrópi”, meaning fame, honour, and the Middle German “ros”, meaning horse.

It is also mentioned as a short for Euphrosyne.

Santa Rosa is the patron saint of Viterbo, a city in the central Italy.

Alternative forms of the name are: Rose, Rosita, Royse, Rosabel, Rosinha.

Famous bearers are Rosa Parks, Rosa Luxembourg, Rosa Mota, Rosa Lopez, Rosa Salazar.

The Neville Brothers song “Sister Rosa” is dedicated to activist Rosa Parks, who became known as “the first lady of civil rights”, after refusing to give up her bus seat in 1955.