This English, French and German surname DEL ROSSO was from the name of the flower, the rose, and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form ROSA. In part it was a topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew. In a town, it can also be a house name from 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'. Latterly in Scandinavia it was adopted as an ornamental female name. The name was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews, ROYZ, derived from the word for the flower. The name has numerous variant spellings with include ROZE, LAROSE, ROZ, ROOS, ROSEN and ROZA.
Amongst notable members of this name were Lady Georgiana DE ROS, (l795-l89l) daughter of the Duke of Richmond. In l824 she married William, Lord de Ros (l797-l874). A friend of the Duke of Wellington, she knew l9 prime ministers. Sir John ROSE (l820-l888) Scots born Canadian diplomat, born in Turriff, Aberdeenshire. Educated at Udny Academy and King's College, Aberdeen, he emigrated with his parents to Huntingdon, Lower Canada in l836 and was called to the Montreal bar in l842. Lionel Edmund ROSE (l948-) Australian bantam weight boxer, born in Warragul, Victoria, the first Aborigine to hold a world title. Brought up in an Aboriginal camp, he was inspired by the success of Jimmy Carruthers and determined to emulate him. He did this by winning the bantam weight championship of the world in Tokyo against Fighting Harada of Japan (l968) four years after turning professional. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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