Roque History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Roque family

The surname Roque was first found in Languedoc where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Important Dates for the Roque family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roque research. Another 430 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1112, 1132, 1280, 1303, 1372, 1500, 1550, 1581, 1582, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Roque History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roque Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Roque, including La Roque, Roque, De Roque, du Roque, Rocque, La Rocque, du Rocque, Larocque, Laroc, Roquebrune and many more.

Early Notables of the Roque family (pre 1700)

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Roque migration to the United States

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Roque were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Roque were

Roque Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ignacio Perez Roque, who settled in Louisiana in 1778
Roque Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Roque, who arrived in New Spain in 1835 [1]
  • Juan Roque, who landed in Cuba in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Roque (post 1700)

  • Felix Roque, Cuban-born, American physician and politician, Mayor of West New York (2011-)
  • Nicolas Roque, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]
  • Jean-Louis de La Roque, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Jean Alexandre Durand de La Roque, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Hélio José Lopes Roque (b. 1985), Portuguese footballer
  • Aloísio Roque Opperman (1936-2014), Brazilian Roman Catholic bishop, Archbishop of Uberaba
  • Antonio Roque Gobbo (b. 1935), Brazilian writer
  • Roque R. Ablan Jr., Philippine politician who represented the 1st Legislative district of Ilocos Norte for eight terms
  • Roque Antonio Adames Rodríguez (1928-2009), Roman Catholic bishop in the Dominican Republic
  • Roque Raúl Alfaro (b. 1956), Argentine football manager and former player

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Nicolas Roque. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 30) Jean-Louis Roque. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 30) Jean Roque. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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