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Roche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: French , Irish


From the beautiful region of Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), in France, comes the distinguished surname Roche. Roche is a topographic surname, a type of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Roche is derived from the French word "roche," meaning "rock," and indicates that the original bearer was distinguished by residence near a prominent rock.


Early Origins of the Roche family


The surname Roche was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this ancient family was recognized as one of the original families of the region. Saint Roch or Rocco (c. 1295-1327) was a Catholic saint, a confessor. He is a patron saint of dogs, falsely accused people, and bachelors. He may have been born c. 1348 and died c. 1376.

The house of des Roches de Chassay was cited since 1275. The family des Roches de Chassay had their nobility confirmed in 1663, after heroic service at the siege of Hesdin. The county of Bigorre, in Burgundy, was the cradle of the house de la Roche-Fontenille, distinguished by their alliances and who occupied in the twelfth century a high rank in the nobility of the province. Two of their members took part in the first crusade of Saint-Louis, but their affiliation was not established until Sanche de la Roche, lord of Fontenille, deceased in the year 1318.

Jean Desroches, born in 1621, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Gode, born in 1636, daughter of Nicolas and Françoise (née Gadois), at Montreal on 18th November 1647. They remained together in Quebec until Jean's death on 23rd August 1684. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


Early History of the Roche family


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Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1724, 1470, 1530, 1644, 1710, 1797, 1856, 1668 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Roche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roche Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Roche, Delaroche, Deroche, Desroches, Desrochers, Laroche, La Roche and many more.

Early Notables of the Roche family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was Estienne de La Roche (1470-1530), a French mathematician; Anne de La Roche-Guilhem (1644-1710), a French writer; and Hippolyte de la Roche, also know as Paul, (1797-1856), a...
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Migration of the Roche family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roche Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Roche, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Charles DeLa Roche, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Roche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Suzanna Roche, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1702 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Louis De Roche, aged 26, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mary Roche, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Roche Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • David Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Roche, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edward L Roche, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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
  • Mr. Jacques Roche, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 2nd April 1665 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/

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, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  • Elisa Roche, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  • Mary Roche, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  • Margaret Roche, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Johanna Roche, aged 22, a dairymaid, who 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

  • Charles Roche, aged 40, a painter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Mary Roche, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • William Roche, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Francis Roche, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Mr. Charles Roche, South African settler travelling from Cape Town aboard the ship "Eveline" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Roche (post 1700)


  • Eamonn Kevin Roche FAIA (1922-2019), Irish-born, American Pritzker Prize-winning architect
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dominick H. Roche, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1871-73
  • Daniel Roche, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1986
  • Chali Roche, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • Carl D. Roche, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Keene 5th Ward; Elected 1938
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Roche family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Patrick James Roche, Irish Leading Stoker from Macroom, County Cork, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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