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The present generation of the Rock family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Rock found in the various locations that existed in Worcestershire, Devon and also in Northumberland.The surname also has topographic origins in that it describes the area where the original bearers lived. In this case they lived at some residence near a large boulder or rock face.

Rock Early Origins



The surname Rock was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rock Spelling Variations


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Rock Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Rock include Rock, Rocks, Roch, Rocke, Rocker, Rooker, Rucker and others.

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Rock Early History


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Rock Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rock research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rock Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rock Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rock In Ireland


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Rock In Ireland



Some of the Rock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Rock were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Rock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Rock, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Joseph Rock, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Katherine Rock, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • David Rock, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • Richard Rock settled in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rebecca Rock, who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • John Rock settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • William Rock, aged 15, settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Michael Rock, who arrived in America in 1783

Rock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Rock, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • A Itert Rock, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Anna Maria Rock, aged 42, landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • George Rock, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • Carl Rock, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Rock, who arrived in Mississippi in 1901
  • Annie Rock, aged 18, who arrived in America from Queenstown, Ireland, in 1902
  • Armah Rock, aged 20, who arrived in America from County Antrim, Ireland, in 1907
  • Auguste Rock, aged 31, who arrived in America from Lens, France, in 1907
  • Bernard Rock, aged 8, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Rock, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750

Rock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Rock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1850
  • Richard Rock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851
  • Rose Rock, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rock (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rock (post 1700)



  • Philip J. Rock (1937-2016), American politician, President of the Illinois Senate (1979-1993)
  • Joseph Rock (1884-1962), Austrian-American explorer, geographer and botanist
  • John Rock (1890-1984), American scientist, one of the inventors of the contraceptive pill
  • Chris Rock (b. 1965), American comedian
  • John Rock (1825-1866), African-American, medical doctor, dentist, lawyer, and passionate abolitionist
  • Andrew Rock (b. 1982), American runner, 2004 Olympic Gold medal winner
  • Robert Rock (b. 1977), English professional golfer
  • Peter Rock (1945-2016), stage name of Peter Mociulski von Remenyk, a Chilean rock and roll and nueva ola musician
  • Raymond Rock (b. 1922), Canadian politician
  • David M. Rock, former mayor of Central Elgin, Ontario, Canada
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rock 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 18 April 2016 at 09:32.

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