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Derocher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Derocher family

The surname Derocher 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. Saint Roch or Rocco (c. 1295-1327) was a Catholic saint, a confessor. He is a patron saint of dogs, falsely accused people and bachelors. He may have been born c. 1348 and died c. 1376.

Early History of the Derocher family

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Derocher Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Derocher family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Estienne de La Roche (1470-1530), a French mathematician; Anne de La Roche-Guilhem (1644-1710), a French writer; and Hippolyte de la Roche, also know as Paul, (1797-1856), a...
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Migration of the Derocher family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Derocher Settlers in 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

Contemporary Notables of the name Derocher (post 1700)

  • 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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