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

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

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.


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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.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rocca 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: 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
  • Andrea Rocca (b. 1969), Italian musician and film composer
  • Costantino Rocca (b. 1956), Italian professional golfer
  • Giorgio Rocca (b. 1975), Italian Alpine skier


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  1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 24 February 2012 at 07:48.

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