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

From the beautiful region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), in France, comes the distinguished surname Derocher. Derocher is a topographic surname, a type of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Derocher is derived from the Old French word roche, meaning rock, and indicates that the original bearer was distinguished by residence near a prominent rock.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Roche, Delaroche, Deroche, Desroches, Desrochers, Laroche, La Roche and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this ancient family was recognized as one of the original families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Derocher research. Another 439 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1663, 1318, 1658, 1724, 1470, 1530, 1644, 1710, 1797 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Derocher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Derocher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derocher Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna Derocher, aged 7, who emigrated to Lawrence, Mass., in 1924
  • Celina Derocher, aged 31, who emigrated to Lawrence, Mass., in 1924

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  • Commander Paul J. Derocher, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, Antarctic Development Squadron Six, (1985-1986), eponym of the Derocher Peninsula, Antarctica


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The Derocher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Derocher 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2014 at 13:58.

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