Show ContentsLarocque History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Larocque was derived. It comes from when the family lived in La Rocque, in l'Herault, Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Larocque family

The surname Larocque was first found in Languedoc where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Larocque family

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Larocque Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Larocque some of which are La Roque, Roque, De Roque, du Roque, Rocque, La Rocque, du Rocque, Larocque, Laroc, Roquebrune and many more.

Early Notables of the Larocque family (pre 1700)

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Larocque World Ranking

In the United States, the name Larocque is the 12,190th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Larocque is ranked the 289th most popular surname with an estimated 14,983 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Larocque is the 168th popular surname. [3]

United States Larocque migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Larocque. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Larocque were

Larocque Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Matthew De Larocque, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1790 [4]
  • Andrew Carles Larocque, who settled in Philadelphia in 1796
Larocque Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Minnie LaRocque, aged 30, who landed in America from Paris, in 1905
  • Joseph Larocque, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Louis E. Larocque, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Louis E. Larocque, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Eleanor Larocque, aged 52, who settled in New York City, in 1922

Canada Larocque migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Larocque Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Minnie LaRocque, aged 23, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • Armand LaRocque, aged 48, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1911
  • Bertha LaRocque, aged 25, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Larocque (post 1700) +

  • Rod LaRocque (1896-1969), American former Hollywood movie star and philanthropist
  • Ernest A. Larocque, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eleventh Bristol District, 1917-18, 1923-24 [5]
  • Martial Louis Larocque, French Knight of the Legion of Honour, Medal of the Résistance, Knight of Civil Merit, Magistrate, Paris
  • Michel Larocque (1952-1992), Canadian star NHL goalkeeper for the Montreal Canadiens, among other teams
  • Albert La Rocque, Canadian Lumber business owner
  • André Larocque, Canadian Entrepreneur of Quebec City

The Larocque Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo vero et honori
Motto Translation: God and the honor

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  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. 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)
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