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Early Origins of the Rochon family

The surname Rochon was first found in Limousin where this eminent family held a family seat in the honour of the seigneurie of Lapeyrouse.

Jean de La Rochelle, John of Rupella, and Johannes de Rupella (c. 1200-1245), was a French Franciscan and theologian. Born in La Rochelle, a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, France, he was a pupil of Alexander of Hales and was the first Franciscan to receive a bachelor's degree of theology from the University of Paris.

An important branch of this family moved to Maine and provided many of the migrants to North America. Notable amongst this family was Alexis-Marie Rochon, an astronomer, explorer, and member of the Academy of Sciences in 1771, who died in 1817, of note was his "Voyage à Madasgar". Chavannes de Rochon, dramatic author in 1730 to 1800, who wrote the opera "Les Pretendus" in 1789.

Early History of the Rochon family

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Rochon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rochon, Le Rochon, Du Rochon, Lerochon, Durochon and many more.

Early Notables of the Rochon family

Notable amongst the family was

  • Alexis-Marie Rochon, astronomer and explorer

Rochon World Ranking

In the United States, the name Rochon is the 11,315th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1 However, in Canada, the name Rochon is ranked the 633rd most popular surname with an estimated 8,187 people with that name. 2 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Rochon is the 340th popular surname. 3 France ranks Rochon as 7,596th with 1,000 - 1,500 people. 4

United States Rochon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rochon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine, Henri, and Pierre Rochon, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Henri Rochon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 5
  • Pierre Rochon, aged 22, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 5
  • Etienne Rochon, who settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Augustin Rochon, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1764 5
Rochon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Rochon, who landed in Texas in 1854 5
  • Oliver Rochon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868

Canada Rochon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rochon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Gervais Rochon of Maine, France, who married Madelaine Guyon in St. Famille, Quebec in 1671

Contemporary Notables of the name Rochon (post 1700) +

  • Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, the former American Director of the Executive Residence and White House Chief Usher
  • Lela Rochon (b. 1964), Haitian-American actress
  • Jean-Marie Rochon (1774-1837), French master carpenter and political figure in Lower Canada
  • Jean-Pierre-Maurice de Rochon, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 6
  • Alexis-Marie de Rochon (1741-1817), French astronomer, physicist and traveller
  • Charles Rochon (1673-1733), French colonist and was one of the four founders of modern-day Mobile, Alabama
  • Jean Rochon (1938-2021), Canadian politician and Member of National Assembly of Quebec, Cabinet Minister for several Ministries from 1994 to 2003 when the Parti Québécois formed the government under the leadership of Jacques Parizeau, Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry
  • Danièle Rochon (b. 1946), Quebec painter
  • Frank Rochon (b. 1953), retired Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Esther Rochon (b. 1948), Canadian science fiction writer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  5. 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)
  6. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Jean-Pierre-Maurice Rochon. Retrieved from on Facebook