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

Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Rocque was derived. It comes from when the family lived in La Rocque, in l'Herault, Languedoc.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Rocque include La Roque, Roque, De Roque, du Roque, Rocque, La Rocque, du Rocque, Larocque, Laroc, Roquebrune and many more.

First found in Languedoc where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rocque research. Another 475 words(34 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1112, 1132, 1280, 1303, 1372, 1500, 1550, 1581, 1582, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Rocque History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Rocque Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Rocque has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rocque were Joachim LaRoque settled in Louisiana in 1719; Stephen Larock settled in Virginia in 1648; Andrew Carles Larocque settled in Philadelphia in 1796; E. Larogue, aged 20.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo vero et honori
Motto Translation: God and the honor

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