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.
Early Origins of the Durocher family
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. 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 Durocher family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durocher 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 Durocher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Durocher Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Roche, Delaroche, Deroche, Desroches, Desrochers, Laroche, La Roche and many more.
Early Notables of the Durocher 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 Durocher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Durocher family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Durocher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rene DuRocher, aged 16, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Durocher (post 1700)
- Jayson Paul Durocher (b. 1974), former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Leo "The Lip" Durocher (1906-1991), American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball
- 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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