When William Harry Rose was born on 6 January 1878, in Iowa, United States, his father, John Townsend Rose, was 28 and his mother, Margaret Isabel Dickey, was 25. He married Christine A Robertson on 19 November 1913. He lived in Crystal Township, Tama, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Crystal, Tama, Iowa, United States in 1910.
English, Scottish, French, Walloon, Danish, and German: from the name of the flower, Middle English, Old French, Middle High German rose (from Latin rosa), in various applications. In part, it is a topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew, or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house bearing the sign of the rose. It is also found, especially in Europe, as a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion (compare 4 below). In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates and similar-sounding names from other languages, e.g. Hungarian Rózsa (see Rozsa ), Slovak Róža and Czech Roza . Compare 6 below and French Larose 2.
English: from the Middle English female personal name Rohese, Roese, later Rose, Royse (ancient Germanic Hrodohaidis, Rothaid, composed of the elements hrōd ‘fame, renown’ + haid(is) ‘kind, sort’).
English and Scottish: variant of Ross .