Languedoc is the region of ancient France from which the name Rocque was derived. It comes from when the family lived in La Rocque, in l'Herault, Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Rocque family
Languedoc where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
Early History of the Rocque family
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Early Notables of the Rocque family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rocque family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Rocque has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rocque were Joachim LaRoque settled in Louisiana in 1719; Stephen Larock settled in Virginia in 1648; Andrew Carles Larocque settled in Philadelphia in 1796; E. Larogue, aged 20.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rocque (post 1700)
The Rocque Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Deo vero et honori
Motto Translation: God and the honor
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