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

Roche Early Origins



The surname Roche 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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Roche Spelling Variations


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Roche Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, a single person often had their name recorded by church officials and scribes many different ways. Names were typically spelt as they sounded, which resulted in many different spelling variations. The many versions of the name Roche to have been recorded over the years include: Roche, Roach, Roache, LaRoche, LaRoach, DeLaRoach, Roack, Roch, Roiche, St.Roche, Rocheland, Rochellan and many more.

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Roche Early History


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Roche Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roche 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 Roche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roche 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 Roche 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



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Roche:

Roche Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Roche settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Charles DeLa Roche, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750

Roche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Suzanna Roche, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1702
  • Louis De Roche, aged 26, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Mary Roche, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

Roche Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • David Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Edward L Roche, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roche Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Roch Roche, who arrived in Acadia in 1636
  • Jacques Roche was established in Quebec in 1665
  • Jacques Roche, who landed in Quebec in 1665

Roche Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Roche, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Denis Roche, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Thomas Roche, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Edmond Roche, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Bridget Ronan Roche, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roche Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Roche, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Elisa Roche arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Mary Roche arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849
  • Margaret Roche, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Johanna Roche, aged 22, a dairymaid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Roche Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Roche arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Julia Roche arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • John Roche arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Bridget Roche arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Julianna Roche arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roche (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roche (post 1700)



  • Eugene Harrison Roche (1928-2004), American actor, best known as the original "Ajax Man" in 1970s television commercials
  • Kevin Roche (b. 1922), Irish-born, American Pritzker Prize-winning architect
  • William J. La Roche, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 6th District, 1899-1900
  • Joseph Roche (b. 1967), American Iraq War veteran and conservative commentator
  • Frank Lloyd Roche (b. 1959), American writer and businessman
  • James G. Roche (b. 1939), American 20th Secretary of the Air Force
  • Billy Roche (b. 1949), Irish playwright and actor
  • John Roche (1848-1914), Irish politician
  • Barry Christopher Roche (b. 1982), Irish football goalkeeper
  • Nicolas Roche (b. 1984), Irish professional road bicycle racer, twice national champion
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Roche Historic Events


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Roche Historic Events




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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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Roche Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. 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.
    4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Roche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roche 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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