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From the beautiful region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), in France, comes the distinguished surname La Roche. La Roche 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 La Roche is derived from the Old French word roche, meaning rock, and indicates that the original bearer was distinguished by residence near a prominent rock.

La Roche Early Origins



The surname La Roche 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.

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La Roche Spelling Variations


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La Roche Spelling Variations



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

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La Roche Early History


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La Roche Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Roche research. Another 439 words (31 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 La Roche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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La Roche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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La Roche Early Notables (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 La Roche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

La Roche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Durand LaRoche, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jacques LaRoche, aged 43, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques LaRoche, aged 43, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Antoine Laroche, at the age of twenty, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
  • Antoine LaRoche, aged 20, arrived in Louisiana in 1720
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

La Roche Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jost Heinrich LaRoche, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Nicolaus LaRoche, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Anna Maria LaRoche, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Denois Laroche settled in Philadelphia in 1807
  • Denois Laroche, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

La Roche Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Isaac Laroche, aged 24, landed in Canada in 1643
  • Jean LaRoche, who landed in Montreal in 1653

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Contemporary Notables of the name La Roche (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name La Roche (post 1700)



  • J. Paul LaRoche, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1956
  • David E. Laroche, American Democrat politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives 49th District; Elected 2002
  • François Laroche, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Claude Emile Laroche, French physician, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Paris
  • Guy André Laroche, French physician, Commander of the Legion of Honour, Paris
  • Guy Laroche (1923-1989), French Couturier, Paris
  • Maria Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807), German novelist
  • Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961), born Mazo Louise Roche, Canadian author, best known for her Jalna series of novels
  • Sir James La Roche (1734-1804), 1st Baronet, was a British slave trader and politician, Sheriff of Bristol (1764-1765), Member of Parliament for Bodmin (1768-1780)
  • Fritz Hoffmann- La Roche (1868-1920), German founder of the Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd in 1896, known today as Roche, with 80,129 employees as of 2012

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La Roche Historic Events


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La Roche Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (d. 1912), aged 25, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Juliette Marie Louise Laroche, (née Lafargue), aged 22, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
  • Miss Simoné Marie Anne Andrée Laroche, aged 3, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
  • Miss Louise Marguerite Laroche, aged 1, French Second Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    3. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    4. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    11. ...

    The La Roche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The La Roche Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 June 2016 at 08:55.

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