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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Rocke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Rocke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rocke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Rocke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Rocke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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