From the beautiful region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), in France, comes the distinguished surname Desroches. Desroches 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 Desroches 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 Desroches family
The surname Desroches 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 Desroches family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desroches research.Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1663, 1318, 1658, 1724, 1470, 1530, 1644, 1710, 1797, 1856, 1668 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Desroches History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Desroches Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Roche, Delaroche, Deroche, Desroches, Desrochers, Laroche, La Roche and many more.
Early Notables of the Desroches 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desroches Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Desroches family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Desroches Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Jean Desroches, who landed in Montreal in 1647
Contemporary Notables of the name Desroches (post 1700)
- Theophile Jean DesRoches, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1956, 1964 (alternate) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Theophile DesRoches. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Henri Desroches (1914-1994), French sociologist
- Christiane Desroches (1913-2011), French Egyptologist
- Gilbert DesRoches (1848-1915), Canadian merchant, farmer and political figure in Prince Edward Island
- Steve Desroches, Canadian politician
- Dave "Rave" DesRoches, Canadian rock musician