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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the Scottish Rose family come from? What is the Scottish Rose family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rose family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rose family history?

Researchers have been unable to trace the origin of this Clan to before 1155, as the Clan apparently took no part in the ancient rebellion of the Moray Clans and therefore was not recorded as being transported by Malcolm IV (as many of their neighbors were). However, the answer may lie with a knight named Ros, of Ros, near Caen, who accompanied William the Conqueror and was given lands in 1069 in Kent, England by the half brother of the Conqueror, Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. Those territories were either enlarged or acquired by a marriage to the heiress Mary Bosco. The Boscos were a noble Norman family. During that period of unrest many noble families moved northwards in the train of Margaret, King Malcolm Ceanmore's second wife, to escape the ponderous rule of William. Because of the tightly knit family connections of the Rose and the Bosco families, the origin seems quite certain.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rose, Roose, Rs (Gaelic), Ris (Gaelic) and others.

First found in Nairn, in Kilravock County, Scotland. The family settled in this area in 1282, when Hugh Rose of Geddes married Mary, daughter of Sir Andrew de Bosco. Mary Bosco was the heiress of the Bissets of Lovat. Hugh Rose was the son of the Hugh Rose of Geddes who witnessed a Charter in Beauly prior to 1219 and is the first recorded Chief of the Clan. Hugh of Kilravock (the son) was one of the few who did not submit to King Edward I of England in 1296. His son, William, captured Invernairn Castle for Robert the Bruce in 1306.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rose research. Another 857 words(61 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1460, 1474, 1492, 1715, 1562, 1598, 1745, 1634, 1704, 1684, 1689, 1675, 1679, 1647 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Rose History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 229 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Rose family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rose Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary, Samuel, and John Rose settled in Virginia in 1608
  • Danyell Rose, aged 3, arrived in New England in 1634
  • Darcas Rose, aged 2, landed in New England in 1634
  • Daniel Rose who arrived in Virginia in 1635 along with Charles, Henry, and Thomas
  • Barbara Rose settled in New England in 1635 along with Daniel, Elizabeth, Henry, and John with his wife and seven children

Rose Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter and Johanna Rose, who sailed to New York in 1708
  • Cornelius Rose, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Peter Rodolf Rose, who came to Georgia in 1734
  • Anna Catherina Rose, who arrived in Georgia in 1737
  • Richard Rose settled in Trepassey in 1753

Rose Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andreas Rose, who landed in America in 1832
  • Anna Rose, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Bernard Hendrik Rose, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Aleita Rose, aged 27, landed in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Carl Rose, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850


  • Wesley Herman Rose (b. 1918), American president of Fred Rose Music, Inc., and a number of other companies in Nashville. He was named Country Music Man of the Year in 1963, and founded the Country Music Association (1958)
  • Barbara Rose (b. 1938), American art historian and art critic
  • Mauri Rose (1906-1981), American three time winner of the Indianapolis 500
  • William Cumming Rose (1887-1985), American Biochemist who received the National Medal of Science
  • Pete Rose (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Vincent Rose (1880-1944), American musician and band leader
  • Major General Maurice B Rose (1899-1945), Highly decorated American General awarded the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • Irwin A. Rose (b. 1926), American biologist awarded (with 2 others) the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Charles Grandison "Charlie" Rose III (1939-2012), American Democratic United States Congressman from North Carolina who served from 1973 to 1997
  • Ralph Rose (1885-1913), American three time gold, two time sliver and one time bronze Olympic medalist for shot put, discus throw and hammer throw at the 1904 games



  • Descendants of Robert Rose of Wethersfield and Branford, Connecticut: who came on the Ship Franc.
  • in 1634 from Ipswich, England by Christine Rose.
  • William Rose of Surry County, Virginia by Eunice Brooks Freese.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Rose
Baran, Barand, Barane, Barant, Baren, Barend, Barent, Barind, Barint, Barolm, Barom, Baromb, Barombe, Barome, Baron, Barone, Baroom, Baroomb, Baroombe, Barown, Barran, Barrand, Barrane, Barrant, Barren, Barrend, Barrent, Barrind, Barrint, Barrolm, Barrom, Barromb, Barrombe, Barrome, Barron, Barrone, Barrons, Barroom, Barroomb, Barroombe, Barrown, Barrum, Barrume, Barryn, Barrynd, Barum, Barume, Baryn, Barynd, Bearan and more.


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The Rose Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rose Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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