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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 Roache, 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 Roache family appears to have originally lived in a rocky area or near some notable rock. The surname Roache is derived from the Old French word roche, which means rock. The surname Roache 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 Roache is de Róiste.

Roache Early Origins



The surname Roache 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.

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Roache Spelling Variations


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Roache Spelling Variations



Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Roache revealed the following spelling variations: Roche, Roach, Roache, LaRoche, LaRoach, DeLaRoach, Roack, Roch, Roiche, St.Roche, Rocheland, Rochellan and many more.

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Roache Early History


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Roache Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roache research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1588, 1929, 1st , 1743, 1807, 1st , 1791, 1865, 1833, 1908, 1845, 1914, 1911, 1977 and 1947 are included under the topic Early Roache History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roache Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roache Early Notables (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; Sir Boyle Roche, 1st...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roache 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



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Roache:

Roache Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmond Roache, who arrived in Maryland in 1655

Roache Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Roache, who landed in Virginia in 1785

Roache Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Roache, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Thomas Roache, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John Roache, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Mary Roache, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854

Roache Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Roache, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Johanna Roache, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • William Roache, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Elizabeth Roache, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843

Roache Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Roache, aged 27, a sawyer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • Catherine Roache, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Roache Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Roache, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Margaret Roache, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Thomas Roache, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • John Roache, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Michael Roache, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roache (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roache (post 1700)



  • Almon Victor Roache (b. 1991), American Major League Baseball outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers
  • William James Roache (b. 1985), British actor, best known for his role in Coronation Street
  • Lee Paul Roache (b. 1984), English footballer
  • Sarah Roache (1950-2009), British actress who appeared in Coronation Street
  • Linus William Roache (b. 1964), English actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Wayne in Batman Begins
  • William Patrick Harry "Bill" Roache MBE (b. 1932), British actor, best known for his role as Ken Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street

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Motto


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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: Mon Dieu est ma roche
Motto Translation: My God is my rock.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Roache Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roache 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.

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