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

From the beautiful region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), in France, comes the distinguished surname laroche. laroche 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 laroche 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 laroche 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 laroche 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 laroche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laroche Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Durand LaRoche, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jacques LaRoche, aged 43, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques LaRoche, aged 43, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Antoine Laroche, at the age of twenty, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
  • Antoine LaRoche, aged 20, arrived in Louisiana in 1720


laroche Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jost Heinrich LaRoche, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Nicolaus LaRoche, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Anna Maria LaRoche, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Denois Laroche settled in Philadelphia in 1807
  • Denois Laroche, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807


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  • Claude Emile Laroche, French physician, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Paris
  • Guy Laroche (1923-1989), French Couturier, Paris
  • Guy André Laroche, French physician, Commander of the Legion of Honour, Paris
  • Mr. Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (d. 1912), aged 25, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Juliette Marie Louise Laroche, (née Lafargue), aged 22, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
  • Miss Simoné Marie Anne Andrée Laroche, aged 3, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
  • Miss Louise Marguerite Laroche, aged 1, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
  • Fritz Hoffmann- La Roche (1868-1920), German founder of the Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd in 1896, known today as Roche, with 80,129 employees as of 2012
  • Sir James La Roche (1734-1804), 1st Baronet, was a British slave trader and politician, Sheriff of Bristol (1764-1765), Member of Parliament for Bodmin (1768-1780)
  • Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961), born Mazo Louise Roche, Canadian author, best known for her Jalna series of novels

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