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The surname Rocca was first found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) former capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in southern Italy; it is the chief city of the province of Naples. It shares with Istanbul the claim to be the most beautiful city in Europe. Naples has 237 Churches and 57 Chapels. The National Museum and other galleries contain riches in art and artifacts. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rocco, Ruocco, Rochi, Roci, Rochelli, Rocchetti, Roccchetto, Rocchini, Roccuzzo, Rocconi, Roccon, Roccardi, Roccato and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rocca research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1641, 1723, 1581 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Rocca History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated...

Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rocca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Frank Rocco who settled in Mississippi in 1876; Giacomo Rocco who settled in Texas in 1880; Paniote Rocco who settled in Texas in 1890; and Antonio Rocco who arrived in New York City in 1893..

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  • Maurice Alberto "Mo" Rocca (b. 1969), American writer, comedian, and political satirist
  • Giorgio Rocca (b. 1975), Italian Alpine skier
  • Costantino Rocca (b. 1956), Italian professional golfer
  • Andrea Rocca (b. 1969), Italian musician and film composer
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    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Rocca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rocca 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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