Rockett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rockett family

The surname Rockett was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

By the 11th century this ancient family were established in the region of Languedoc where several of its members were most distinctive in their involvement in the community in which they lived. They were given titles, lands and letters of nobility as reward of their important contribution. The first member of the Roquette Family to be mentioned before 1090 was Hugues de Roquette, son-in-law of the Viscount of Albi and of Nîmes. In recognition of their outstanding involvement in the social, political and cultural affairs of their community many members of this ancient family were granted the titles of the Barons of Beauville and Lords of Auriac and of Magrens.

Early History of the Rockett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rockett research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1161, 1229, 1333, 1669, 1788 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Rockett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rockett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roquette, Roquet, Roqet, Rokett, Rockette, Rouquet la Roquet and many more.

Early Notables of the Rockett family (pre 1700)

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United States Rockett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rockett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Rockett, who settled in Boston in 1633
  • Richard Rockett, who settled in Boston in 1633
  • Richard Rockett, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1641 [1]
  • Giles Rockett, who settled in Virginia in 1663-1679
Rockett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Rockett, who settled in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Elizabeth Rockett, aged 31, who landed in America from Hendon, in 1898
  • George B. Rockett, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1899
Rockett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellie Rockett, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from County Waterford, Ireland in 1902
  • Brgt Rockett, aged 21, who landed in America from County Waterford, Ireland in 1902
  • Janet Rockett, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Newcastle, in 1903
  • Herbert Edward Rockett, aged 29, who settled in America from Davenport, England, in 1909
  • Edmond Rockett, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Tramore, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Rockett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rockett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emma Rockett, (b. 1861), aged 6 weeks, English settler, from Dorset travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Rockett, (b. 1832), aged 29, English settler, from Dorset travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Rockett, (b. 1833), aged 28, English farm labourer, from Dorset travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [2]
  • Mr. Frederick Rockett, (b. 1860), aged 1, English settler, from Dorset travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rockett (post 1700) +

  • Patrick Edward Rockett (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Rikki Rockett (b. 1961), born Richard Allan Ream, an American drummer
  • J. Dewey Rockett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1936
  • Dick Rockett, Irish sportsperson
  • Kevin Rockett Ph.D., Irish film historian, writer and scholar


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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