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From the beautiful region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), in France, comes the distinguished surname Durocher. Durocher 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 Durocher 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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The surname Durocher was 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durocher 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 Durocher 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 Durocher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durocher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Rene DuRocher, aged 16, landed in Louisiana in 1719

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  • Jayson Paul Durocher (b. 1974), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Laurent Durocher, American politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1835-36; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1839; Supervisor of Frenchtown Township, Michigan, 1842-48
  • Leo "The Lip" Durocher (1906-1991), American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball
  • Olivier Durocher (1743-1821), Canadian farmer and political figure in Lower Canada
  • Olivier Durocher (1844-1931), Canadian politician, mayor of the city of Ottawa 1892 to 1893
  • Eugène Durocher (1881-1944), Canadian politician from Montreal
  • Marie-Rose Durocher (1811-1849), Canadian Roman Catholic nun, beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1982


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