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Where did the French larochelle family come from? What is the French larochelle family crest and coat of arms? When did the larochelle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the larochelle family history?

The name larochelle is derived from the Old French word "roche," meaning "rock," and was likely first used as a name to describe someone who resided near a prominent rock.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Laroche, Laroches, Larauche, Lareauche, Larouche, LaRouche, De Roche, La Roche, Roche, de la Roche and many more.

First found in Languedoc where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our larochelle research. Another 793 words(57 lines of text) covering the years 1031, 1082, 1094, 1100, 1200, 1307, 1326, 1600, 1693, 1703, 1772, 1769, 1786 and 1351 are included under the topic Early larochelle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early larochelle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacques LaRoche, aged 43; settled in Louisiana in 1719; Constantine Laroche settled in America in 1769; Zacharie Laroche settled in Philadelphia in 1795.

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  • Jacques Larochelle (b. 1962), French professional footballer
  • Joseph-Théophile Larochelle (1877-1954), Canadian politician from Quebec
  • Louis-Napoléon Larochelle (1834-1890), Canadian manufacturer, railway contractor and politician in Quebec
  • Wildor Larochelle (1906-1964), Canadian ice hockey forward


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The larochelle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The larochelle 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 26 March 2015 at 15:58.

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