Why so many Roses?

(26 Posts)
Caitycat Wed 12-Dec-12 17:22:02

Having a four month old myself I go to a lot of baby groups, is it just me/ my area or has Rose suddenly become the middle name of choice for baby girls?. I must have met at least 6 babies with Rose as a middle name. I really like the name but don't know where this has come from!

Lilicat1013 Wed 12-Dec-12 17:33:16

It is very popular, likely because it is simple, sweet and compliments most first names. Some baby Roses might also be named for relatives.

It is a pretty middle name, I can see why people like it but it is getting predictable now.

1978andallthat Wed 12-Dec-12 18:28:43

Because there are hardly any one syllable middle names and they go best with long first names.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 12-Dec-12 19:40:44

Fashion. My generation are all Something Jane. This generation are all Something Rose or Something May.

hiviolet Wed 12-Dec-12 19:45:03

Oh yes, absolutely. It's just one of those names that goes with everything, and is pretty and feminine to boot.

It is so ridiculously overused as a middle name though.

Happens all the time though. Everyone I went to school with seemed to have either Ann(e), Jane or Louise as a middle name.

TheCatInTheHairnet Wed 12-Dec-12 19:47:46

Dd's middle name is Rose and she's nearly 10, so it's not a new thing!

BikeRunSki Wed 12-Dec-12 20:25:05

It's Grace around here.
I know 4 Erin Graces born in the last year, and a further two other babies with Grace as their middle name.
DD is 13 months old. Her middle name is 1 syllable and is not May, Grace, Rose or Eve.
For my age group, it was Louise.

BikeRunSki Wed 12-Dec-12 20:27:26

My 8 yo niece's middle name is Rose, after my grandmother.

InNeedOfBrandyButter Wed 12-Dec-12 20:29:47

Its really annoying me my dd (7) middle name is Rose and I only had it because it was my great grandma's name. I didn't even really like it but my nan asked me just after I gave birth for it and now it's everywhere gah.

chipmonkey Wed 12-Dec-12 20:42:23

dd was Sylvie-Rose. I always liked Rose, as I picture the flower when I say it but didn't really want to use it on its own. I had four boys so my friends family had all "stolen" my girls names over the years. One of them was Sophie. Typed it into nymbler.com and it came up with "Sylvie" as an alternative.
Turned to dh, said "How about Sylvie-Rose?" He thought it was beautiful too. Still thought we were having a boy until she was born.
She was Sylvie-Rose for seven weeks, then she died. sad One thing that kills me is never getting to enrol her for anything, never getting to write her name on a form, or see her name up on a list. I so love her name.

InNeedOfBrandyButter Wed 12-Dec-12 20:46:00

Aww chipmonkey <hugs and more hugs> sad

Caitycat Wed 12-Dec-12 22:34:42

Chipmonkey I'm so sorry for your loss. sylvie-Rose is lovely and I hope my op has mot upset you xx

chipmonkey Wed 12-Dec-12 23:38:37

Not at all, Caity. I like talking about dd's name.smile

I think Shirley Hughes might also be a tiny bit responsible. I always loved Alfie and Annie Rose. I couldn't use Annie Rose though as MIL is Anne and she would have lorded it over my mother if we'd called dd after her and not Mum.

emmyloo2 Thu 13-Dec-12 02:18:35

It's either Grace or Rose around these parts. Very predictable. I love both names as first names, just not as a middle name because they are so overused.

I wonder why Rose in particular isn't used more as a first name?

BikeRunSki Thu 13-Dec-12 07:34:49

Sylvie-Rose is a gorgeous name, and a lovely story of how you came upon it almost by chance.

sparklechops Thu 13-Dec-12 10:06:34

Sylvie-Rose is a beautiful name. So sorry for your loss, chipmonkey.

My dd has the middle name Rose, after my granny. Didn't realise it was so popular until I came on mumsnet. Oh well!

sparklechops Thu 13-Dec-12 10:09:32

Robbie Williams probably hasn't helped matters with Teddy Rose....there will be even more now!

FirstTimeForEverything Thu 13-Dec-12 10:15:42

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12ylnon Thu 13-Dec-12 10:35:43

My middle name is Rose, i know quite a few my age with the same middle name. My great grandma's middle name was rose! Def not a new thing.

MolotovCocktail Thu 13-Dec-12 10:47:23

I was reading this thread as I was interested, then read chipmonkeys post.

I got all misty eyed and my heart began to hurt sad

What a beautiful, beautiful name you chose for you DD, chip

<hugs>

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 13:46:25

Fashion. Rose/Grace/May is the Jane/Clare of the 1970s.

Makes you wonder what 'purpose' a middle name has....

InNeedOfBrandyButter Thu 13-Dec-12 14:38:04

Hmm it seems to me that naming dc after grandparents and keeping names in the family plays a big part is the Rose/grace/may names.

IceBergJam Thu 13-Dec-12 14:47:47

DD mn is May after my late grandmother. Had no idea it was so popular till I stumbled on MN.

bruffin Thu 13-Dec-12 15:00:49

DD also has middle name May after my DM and DGM's middle name. DD is 15 and at the time I didnt think it was commonly used, but did hear a lot of Mays afterwards, not that it bothers me.

Dr Who / Rose (Billie Piper)?

bugoven Thu 13-Dec-12 17:44:48

My middle name is Rose too as is my Neice's, my mum's, was my grandmother's and so on for many generations.

chip your story took my breath away.

My much loved auntie was Shirley. Shirley Rose? Hope I get to choose a name one day smile

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