A rose’s beauty knows no bounds; just like your little one on the way! To commemorate your darling little one’s arrival and the beautiful life they’ll have from then on, why not choose a rosy baby name? But these names are far more unique than just Rose, giving you chance to make your homage to the flower or a loved one without The Titanic connotations swooping in.
What do roses symbolize?
Perhaps the most famous use of a rose in popular culture would be the beast’s rose in Beauty and the Beast. That particular example is a rose symbolizing magic, time, beauty, and the barbs that come with beauty. The latter two aspects are ones that are go somewhat global; consider the pithy phrases or casual reminders and you’ll find roses are littered throughout all media! “A rose between two thorns,” “stop and smell the roses,” and “not a bed of roses” are all common idioms that mean vastly different things. But the rose itself is always meant to be the pleasant sun around which situations revolve.
What do roses symbolize in cultures around the world?
Around the world, roses stand in for multiple different meanings, but often they land on similar notions. Generally, roses symbolize romance or beauty, or more simply, love. However, the history of the rose most plausibly began about 5,000 years ago in Asia. It was a bloom to be studied, as evidenced by Emperor Wu’s library which contained tens of books discussing them. Then, a couple thousand years later, evidence of their cultivation spread to ancient Greece, being commonly associated with Aphrodite. But, where the cultural parallelism of the Roman and Greek worlds slightly depart is the meaning of the rose. But it can perhaps be more closely tied to the aftermath of being the goddess of love and beauty; the rose in the Roman Empire was symbolic of vanity.
Why do roses have thorns?
Unsurprisingly probably, roses have thorns to keep animals—and people—away. These little barbs are to deter plant-eating species from making a meal out of the delicate petals. In particular, roses have a physical defense against species of deer, but this defense doesn’t solely come after blood has been drawn. The thorns on roses are sometimes brightly colored, indicating a warning sign, similar to the marking on venomous snakes.