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Rochester Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city in Kent, which is recorded by Bede (c.730) under the names of both Dorubrevi and Hrofæcæstre. The former represents the original British name, composed of the elements duro- ‘fortress’ and briva ‘bridge’. The second represents a contracted form of this (possibly affected by folk etymological connection with Old English hrof ‘roof’) combined with an explanatory Old English cæster ‘Roman fort’ (from Latin castra ‘military camp’). There is a much smaller place in Northumbria also called Rochester, which seems to have been named in imitation of the more important one, but which is a more than occasional source of the surname. In other cases there may also have been confusion with Wroxeter in Shropshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Rochecestre.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Chester, Dorchester, Manchester, Worcester, Chichester, Winchester

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Rochester Family Origin

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Rochester Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    8%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    7%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Farmer

    5%

In 1881, Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rochester. The most common Rochester occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Rochester's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Rochester family was Farmer.

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