Roach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Non-Gaelic elements made their first appearance in Irish nomenclature after the Strongbow settlers began to arrive on Irish shores. Although the Irish already had an established a system of hereditary surnames, the Anglo- Normans also brought their own traditions with them when they arrived. The two systems were not extremely conflicting, and eventually drew upon one another. Although local surnames, such as Roach, were not entirely unknown to the Irish, this form of surname was much more popular with the Strongbownians. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The local names of these Anglo-Norman invaders first referred to places in Normandy, or more typically England, but eventually for those Strongbownians or their descendents that remained in Ireland, the local names really did begin to refer to local places or geographical features of the island. The Roach family appears to have originally lived in a rocky area or near some notable rock. The surname Roach is derived from the Old French word roche, which means rock. The surname Roach belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. The Gaelic form of the surname Roach is de Róiste.

Early Origins of the Roach family

The surname Roach was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow whom they accompanied into Ireland during the Anglo- Norman invasion of 1172.

Important Dates for the Roach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roach research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1588, 1929, 1573, 1635, 1600, 1595, 1660, 1624, 1640, 1643, 1576, 1629 and 1594 are included under the topic Early Roach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roach Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations for the name Roach include: Roche, Roach, Roache, LaRoche, LaRoach, DeLaRoach, Roack, Roch, Roiche, St.Roche, Rocheland, Rochellan and many more.

Early Notables of the Roach family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Blessed John Roche (also known as John Neele or Neale), an Irish Catholic martyr, who died in London, England in 1588, he is the patron of sailors, mariners and boatmen, beatified in 1929. David Roche (1573-1635), Viscount Fermoy, was son and heir of Maurice, Viscount Fermoy. David succeeded to the title on his father's death in June 1600. During the rebellion of Hugh O'Neill, second earl of Tyrone [q. v.], Roche signalised himself by his loyalty, and...
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Roach migration to the United States

In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Roach:

Roach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Roach, who settled in Virginia in 1707
  • Ellen Roach, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Kat Roach, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 [1]
  • James Roach, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
  • Moses Roach, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Roach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Roach, who landed in New York in 1826 [1]
  • Margaret Roach, aged 26, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • Sarah Roach, who arrived in New York in 1837 [1]
  • John Roach, aged 29, who landed in Missouri in 1842 [1]
  • Elizabeth Roach, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roach migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roach Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Roach, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Mary Roach, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Ellen Roach, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Mr. James Roach, aged 20 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Martha Roach, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
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Roach migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roach Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Roach, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [3]
  • John Roach, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847 [4]
  • Thomas Roach, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [5]
  • Francis Roach a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [5]
  • Isaac Roach a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [5]
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Roach migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

  • Mr. Thomas H. Roach, (b. 1865), aged 14, Cornish settler departing on 4th June 1879 aboard the ship "Nelson" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 28th August 1879 [6]
  • Mr. Jason F. Roach, (b. 1862), aged 17, Cornish confectioner departing on 4th June 1879 aboard the ship "Nelson" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 28th August 1879 [6]
Roach Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ann Roach, aged 36, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Thomas Roach, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Margaret Roach, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Catherine Roach, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Margaret Roach, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
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Contemporary Notables of the name Roach (post 1700)

  • Jamie Lee Roach (1955-2011), American commercial designer who designed American Trade Center in Moscow and many buildings in Southern California
  • Harold Eugene "Hal" Roach Sr. (1892-1992), American film and television producer and director who worked with Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase and the Our Gang kids, founder of Hal Roach Studios
  • Freddie Roach (b. 1960), American boxing trainer
  • Steve Roach (b. 1955), American composer and performer of ambient, electronic music
  • AJ Roach (b. 1975), American singer-songwriter
  • Max Roach (1924-2007), American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer who worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and others
  • John Roach (1921-2003), American bishop in the Catholic Church
  • Hal Roach (1927-2012), Irish comedian from Waterford, featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running engagement of a comedian at the same venue: 26 years
  • John Roach (b. 1796), English bookseller and compiler whop kept a shop in Drury Lane, where he sold odd volumes and indelicate prints
  • Tom Roach (b. 1985), Australian rules footballer
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Historic Events for the Roach family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Bryan C J Roach (b. 1918), English Lieutenant E serving for the Royal Navy from Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Roach, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. John Roach, English First Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 53)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CRESSY 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Cressy.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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