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This most interesting surname derives from a number of possible origins. Firstly, it may be a topographical name for a person who lived at a place where wild roses grew. It may also have been given to a "dweller in a house bearing the sign of the rose i.e., "an Inn". It is also found, especially in Europe, as a nickname for a man of "rosy" complexion. In each of these instances the surname derives from the Middle English and Old French "rose" or the Germanic female personal name "Rose", "Royse", which was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Rothais" and is composed of the elements "hrod", renown plus "haid(is)", king.

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