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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Rochfort, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they often created names in reference to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually took names from Irish places. 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 Rochfort family originally lived in either of the settlements called Rochford in the English counties of Essex and Worcestershire. The surname Rochfort belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Rochfort family of County Cork was originally surnamed de Ridlesford. Their name became Rochfort through a mistranslation of the Gaelic form of the name.

Rochfort Early Origins



The surname Rochfort was first found in counties Meath and Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, during the Anglo- Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172. "The Irish family settled in that country at, or soon after, the Anglo- Norman invasion. Their name was Latinized De Rupe Forti, 'of the strong rock,' which is doubtless its true meaning." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Rochfort Spelling Variations


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Rochfort Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Rochfort included: Rockford, Rockfort, Rochfort, Rochefort, Roakfort, Roakford, Rochford, Rocheford, Roachford, Roachfort, Rockfurd, Rockfurt, Ruckford, Ruckfort, Rucford and many more.

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Rochfort Early History


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Rochfort Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rochfort research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1224, 1652, 1727 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Rochfort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rochfort Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rochfort Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rochfort 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 went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Rochfort:

Rochfort Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Rochfort, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Rochfort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Rochfort, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Rochfort, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Thomas E. Rochfort, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Valentine Rochfort, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Nora Rochfort, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Kilmore, in 1898

Rochfort Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emma Rochfort, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Matthew Rochfort, aged 20, who landed in America from Cambuslang, Scotland, in 1909
  • Ivy Rochfort, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1910
  • Thomas Rochfort, aged 24, who landed in America from Mullagh, Ireland, in 1911
  • Kate Rochfort, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Ballaghadereen, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rochfort Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Rochfort arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Bartlett" in 1847
  • Ann Rochfort, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Maria Rochfort, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"

Rochfort Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rochfort, aged 21, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rochfort (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rochfort (post 1700)



  • Spencer Rochfort (b. 1966), American-born, Canadian television and film actor
  • Robert Rochfort (1652-1727), Irish Attorney-General, judge and speaker of the Irish House of Commons
  • George Boyd- Rochfort VC (1880-1940), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Major-General Charles Rochfort Scott (1790-1872), British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
  • Sir Cecil Boyd- Rochfort CVO (1887-1983), British thoroughbred racehorse trainer, British flat racing Champion Trainer five times
  • Major-General Alexander Rochfort KCB CMG (1850-1916), British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey (1910 to 1916)

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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: Candor dat viribus alas
Motto Translation: Truth gives wings to strength.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  9. 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.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Rochfort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rochfort 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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