Not suprisingly, the main heraldic symbol in the Rosa Coat of Arms (often erroneously called the Rosa Family Crest) is the rose. Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur. The rose is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It has long been present in English heraldry, and as a badge and symbol played an enormous in English history throughout the conflict between rival dynasties known as the War of the Roses. In addition to these familial uses, Wade suggests that red roses signify “beauty and grace” and the white represents “love and faith”.
Rosa Family Coat of Arms
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Variations of this name: DeRosa, de la RosaWe have several coat of arms design(s) for the name Rosa. Click on the thumbnails to view each design.
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Rosa Name
Surname Name Meaning, Origin, and Etymology
The last name Rosa has several origins and meanings. First, it is an Italian and Catalan name deriving from the Spanish and Latin word rosa, meaning rose, a beautiful perennial flower, denoting a person who lived near a field or area where wild roses grew. Second, similar to the first theory, it may have referred to a person who had a pinkish or red complexion or hair. Third, it is a Spanish and Portuguese name that is a reduced form of de la Rose (in Spain) or de Rosa (in Portugal). Fourth, it could derive from the feminine personal (first) name Rosa, which may be derive from the Germanic name Roza and was the name of an Italian saint from Viterbo in the 1200s AD. Fifth, and Czech and Polish, it derives from the word rosa meaning juice, sap, or dew. One source claims the name has ancient Hebrew or Roman origins. Another source mentions the name Rosa was found in Ventetia, Emilia, and the south of Italy during the Middle Ages, and in Spain, it was first established in the Kingdom of Castile. In some cases, it is also a spelling variant of the Dutch last name Roosa.
Common spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include de Rosa, de la Rosa, Rosea, Rossa, Riosa, Rosas, Rose (English), Roz/Larose (France), Ross (Scottish), Rosa/Rosi (Italian), Rosanski (Polish),and others.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Rosa ranks 1,132nd in popularity in terms in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following seven states: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.
The name is popular/common throughout Europe and ranks as follows: Portugal (71st), Spain (278th), Italy (148th), France (1,430th), and Malta (841st). The name is also popular throughout the New World in Central and Latin America: Mexico (836th), Dominican Republic (104th), Argentina (344th), Honduras (267th), Cuba (192nd), El Salvador (265th), Venezuela (729th), Bahamas (845th), Panama (947th), Peru (1,165th), Uruguay (170th), Guatemala (584th), Bolivia (1,162nd), Chile (1,162nd), Paraguay (707th), Colombia (1,168th), and El Salvador (265th).
Early Bearers of the Surname
Rudolf Rosse (Basel, Switzerland, 1283 AD)
Baldungas Rose (Mainz, Germany, 1283 AD)
Richard Roys (Suffolk, England, 1327 AD)
Christof Rosa (Friedberg, Germany, 1579 AD)
History, Genealogy, and Ancestry
Caterina Rosa or da Rosa was born around 1526 AD. She married Pero Fernandes and had a daughter with her named Guimar who was born in Ylha de Sam Miguel in 1536 AD. Hendrik Rosa was born in 1565 and had a daughter named Maria who was born in Den Haag, Netherlands, Holland in 1595 AD.
Early American and New World Settlers
Early settlers in colonial America bearing this name include Albert Rosa (New York 1721) and Peter Rosa (Georgia 1735). Early settlers in Latin America were Pedro de la Rosa (Cartagena 1534), Francisco de la Rosa (New Spain 1535), and Alonso de Rosa (Panama 1538).
Early Americans Bearing the Rosa Family Crest
I researched the following three resources and did not find any coats of arms for Rosa: Bolton’s American Armory, Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook, and Crozier’s General Armory.
We have been unable to identify the Rosa family motto. We did identify two mottoes for the surname La Rosa family, which are Omne Ignotun pro magnifico (everything unknown is taken as grand) and Nascendo senescit (In being born it dies).
We have 27 coats of arms for the Rosa surname depicted here. These 27 blazons are from two sources: 1) the Armorial General published in 1861 by the famous genealogist/heraldist Johannes Baptisa Rietstap and 2) Dizionario Storico by G. B. Di Crollalanza published in 1886. The bottom of this page contains the blazons (in French/Italian and English), and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it.
There are hundreds of notable people with the Rosa surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Charles D. Rosa (1870-1959) who was an American judge and politician from Wisconsin, 2) Eugene L. De Rose (1894-1945) who was an Italian American architect who designed theaters in New York, 3) Francesco Rosa (died 1687) who was an Italian painter from Genoa whose works include The Glory of the Eternal Father, 4) Mark Thomas DeRose (1975) who is an American professional baseball player born in Passaic, New Jersey, who played for eight different teams including the Atlanta Braves, 5) Pedro Martinez de la Rosa (1971) who is a Spanish Formula One driver born in Barcelona who participated in 107 Grand Prix, 6) Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) who was an Italian Baroque painter and poet in Naples, Rome, and Florence, 7) João Guimarães Rosa (1908-1967) who was a Brazilian short story writers, novelist, and diplomat, 8) Keno Don Hugo Rosa (1951) an American of Italian descent born in Louisville, Kentucky who became a well-known comic book illustrator known for his work on Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, 9) Vincent DeRosa (1920) who was a studio musician born in Kansas City, Missouri who played for various Hollywood soundtracks for several decades between 1935-2008, and 10) Aaron Isaac Rosa (1983) who is an American mixed martial artist fight from Del Rio, known as Big Red, who has competed in UFC, Strikeforce, and ShoXC.
Rosa Family Tree
Reyer Goerts (Netherlands, 1475), his son was
Goert Reyersz (Netherlands, 1500), his son was
Gijsbert (or Guysbert) Goirts (Herwijen, Netherlands, 1546)
Heymen Gijsbertsz (Gelderland, 1593)
Aeldert Hemenz Roose, Roosa, or Rosa (Netherlands, 1610)
Jan Alderts Roosa (Herwynen, Netherlands, 1646)
Gysbert Roosa (born 1676)
Jan Roosa (Marbletown, New York, 1699)
Guert Roosa (1727)
Storm Rosa (1756)
John Rosa (born 1789, married Deborah Powell)
Storm Rosa (born 1815, married Sally Ann Billingham)
Wardell Rosa (born in New York in 1857, married Isabella Olsmstead)
Ida May Rosa (born 1882, married Arch Burton Towne, had daughter named Elisabeth Rosa Towne)
Rosa Family Gift Ideas
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes1) Schweinfurt (Bavière) - Tranché de gueules sur argent à deux roses de l'un à l'autre Cimier trois boutons de rose de gueules tigés et feuillés de sinople. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
2) Trévise - Coupé d'argent sur azur l'argent chargé d'une rose de gueules tigée et feuillée de sinople. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
3) Allemagne - D'argent chapé-ployé de gueules à trois roses de l'un à l'autre 2 et 1 Casque couronné Cimier une rose de gueules entre deux proboscides coupées alternativement de gueules et d'argent. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
4) Hollande, Utrecht - D'or à une rose double de gueules boutonnée du champ (ou ces armes écartelées de celles de Hogeveen au franc-quartier tranché) Cimier la rose entre un vol de gueules et d'or. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
5) Marquis de Villarosa - Naples - D'azur au lion d'or couronné du même à la bande d'argent brochant sur le tout et chargée de trois roses de gueules au chef d'or chargé d'une aigle de sable couronnée d'or. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
6) Brescia - D'azzurro, al sinistrocherio di carnagione, vestito di rosso, tenente una rosa dello stesso, stelata e fogliata di verde. English: Azure a left arm natural dressed in red, holding a rose of the same, stem and leaves green. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
7) Correggio nel Modenese. - D'azzurro, al sinistrocherio di carnagione, vestito di rosso, tenente una rosa dello stesso, stelata e fogliata di verde. English: Azure a left arm natural dressed in red, holding a rose of the same, stem and leaves green. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
8) Treviso - Spaccato d'argento e d'azzurro, caricato il primo di una rosa di rosso, stelata e fogliata di verde. English: Per fess argent and azure, charged in the first by a rose red, stem and leaves green. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
9) (dalla) - Sassuolo (Modena) - D'argento, alla fascia d'azzurro, caricata di tre gigli d'oro, ed accompagnata, da tre teste di leone dello stesso due affrontate in capo ed una in punta. English: Argent with a fess blue, charged with 3 fleur di lis of gold and accompanied by 3 lion heads of the same, 2 affronte in chief and one in point. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
10) de - Cava de Tirreni e di Napoli - D'azzurro, al leone coronato d'oro; colla banda d'argento, caricata di tre rose di rosso, e attraversante sul tutto; col capo d'oro, all'aquila di nero, coronata del campo. English: Azure, a lion crowned gold; with a bend silver charged with 3 roses red, and over all; a chief gold with anneagle black, crowned of the field. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
11) della - Saluzzo - D'argento alla banda di rosso. English: Silver with a bend red. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
12) la - Sicilia - D'azzurro, alla banda d'oro, caricata di tre rose di rosso. English: Azure with a bend gold charged with 3 roses red. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
13) DeRosa or DeRosis - Aquila - D'azzurro, al leone coronato d'oro; colla banda d'argento, caricata di tre rose di rosso, attraverrante sul tutto; col capo d'oro, all'aquila di nero, coronata del campo. English: Azure a lion crowned gold; with a bend silver charged with 3 roses red, over all; a chief gold with an eagle black crowned of the field. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
14) (ROSA-MORANDO) - Verona - D'oro, ad un cane rampante e rivoltato d'argento, collarinato di rosso; con una fascia d'azzurro, inclinata in banda, attraversante sul tutto, e caricata di tre stelle d'oro. English: Gold, a dog rampant and looking backward silver, collar red; with a fess blue, inclined in bend, over all, and charged with 3 stars gold. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
15) Catanzaro - D'azzurro al leone d'oro con la banda d'argento attraversante e caricata di tre rose di rosso. English: Azure a lion gold with a bend argent over all and charged with 3 roses gules. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
16) Finale Emila - D'azzurro alla rosa di rosso fogliata di verde. English: Azure with a rose gules leafed verde. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
17) Giovinazzo - D'azzurro alla banda d'oro accompagnata in capo da una stella ed in punta da una rosa: il tutto pure d'oro. English: Azure with a bend gold accompanied in chief by a star and in point by a rose: all gold. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
18) Modena - Di rosso alla fascia d'argento accompagnata da tre rose dello stesso. English: Gules with a fess argent accompanied by 3 roses of the same. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
19) Rossano, Calabria - D'azzurro al leone coronato d'oro accompagnato da cinque stelle del secondo tre in capo e due in punta. English: Azure al lion crowned gold accompanied by 5 stars of the second, 3 in chief and 2 in point. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
20) Sicilia - D'azzurro, con una banda d'oro caricata da tré rose al naturale. English: Azure with a bend gold charged with 3 roses naturale. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
21) Treviso - Spaccato d'argento alla rosa di rosso fogliata di verde e d'azzurro pieno. English: Per fess: 1st argent with a rose gules foilage verde and 2nd azure plain. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
22) Padova - D'argento alla rosa di rosso sormontata da tre gigli in fascia d'azzurro. English: Argent with a rose surmonted by 3 fleur-di-lis in fess azure. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
23) Brescia - D'azzurro alla fascia d'oro accostata in capo da tre stelle d'oro ed in punta da due rosai fioriti al naturale. English: Azure with a fess gold between in chief 3 stars gold and in point by 2 roses flowered natural. (Source: Dizionario Storico - G. B. Di Crollalanza, 1886)
24) Marquis di Villarosa 1700 - Italie - D'azur au lion couronné d'or à la bande d'argent chargée de trois roses de gueules brochant sur le tout au chef d'or chargé d'une aigle de sable couronnée du champ.
25) Hollande - D'argent à un rosier feuillé et fleuri au naturel Cimier trois plumes d'autruche.
26) Castille - D'or à l'aigle éployée de sable. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
27) Prusse - De gueules à trois écussons d'argent Casque couronné Cimier trois plumes d'autruche. (Source: Rietstap’s Armorial General, Johan Baptiste Rietstap, 1884)
Antica famiglia patrizia aquilana. Fu ricevuta nell'ordine di Malta nel 1596. Produsse vari uomini insigni nelle scienze, nelle lettere e nelle armi. Un ramo di essa, stabilitosi in Napoli, fu reintegrato all'aquilano patriziato nel 1686 e da re Carlo II di Spagna fu decorato del titolo di marchese.
Tirreni and Napoli Di origine normanna, trasse il proprio cognomen dal feudo di Rosa posseduto negli antichi tempi in Calabria. Le prime memorie certe di essa rimontano al i 239 in cui vivea un Riccardo feudatario in Calabria. Passata, per ragione di possessi feudali, a dimorare nella città di Cava, fu aggregata a quella nobiltà, e trasferitasi più tardi in Napoli fu sempre annoverata tra le famiglie nobili fuori Piazza e come tale ascritta al Monte Manso nel 1748. Il re Carlo Il concesse a Carlantonio de Rosa presid. Del S. R. Consiglio il titolo di marchese, appoggiato posteriormente, per privilegio speciale, sul feu,do di Villa Rosa che lo stesso Carloantonio possedeva nel territorio di Cava. — A cominciare dal 1596
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Di origine bresciana, ebbe per capostipite un Gerardo Rosa illustre cavaliere bresciano, il quale al tempo dell'imperat. Federico II si recò in Sicilia e si stabilì in Siracusa. Furono suoi discendenti un Maurizio castellano di Castellamare di Palermo nel 1320; un Antonio castellano del r. palazzo e giurato nel 1345; un Giovanni senatore di Palermo nel 1475; un Vincenzo senatore nel 1584, indi inviato ambasciatore a Filippo III nel 1604. Questa famiglia à goduto nobiltà in Messina nel XVI secolo.