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The Anglo-Saxon name Rocke comes from the family having resided 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.

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The surname Rocke 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.

Rocke has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Rock, Rocks, Roch, Rocke, Rocker, Rooker, Rucker and others.


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

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Some of the Rocke 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.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Rockes to arrive on North American shores:

Rocke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Rocke settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Fra Rocke, who arrived in Virginia in 1646
  • John Rocke, who landed in Maryland in 1661

Rocke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Rocke, aged 40, arrived in Virginia in 1812
  • Cathrin Rocke, aged 22, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • John Rocke, aged 26, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1892
  • F H Rocke, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • Wilhelm Rocke, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1895

Rocke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • F. Rocke, aged 56, who arrived in America from Swansea, Wales, in 1903
  • David Rocke, aged 19, who arrived in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1903
  • Kate Rocke, aged 29, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1904
  • Nora Rocke, aged 17, who arrived in America from Castleisland, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ruth A. Rocke, aged 38, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1908


Rocke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Rocke, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"

Rocke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Julia Rocke, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

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  • Colin Rocke (b. 1968), retired Trinidad-American association football forward
  • Charles Augustus Rocke (1800-1822), English first-class cricketer who played from 1822 to 1828 for Kent


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