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Rock Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English rok(ke) ‘rock’. The surname may be topographic denoting someone who lived near a notable rock or rocky outcrop or habitational denoting someone from a place called with this word such as Rock (Northumberland). Compare Roach . English: from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter oke ‘at the oak’. The surname may be topographic signifying someone who lived by a prominent oak tree or habitational denoting someone from a place so named such as Rock (Worcestershire) Rook in Cornwood (Devon) and Rock in Washington (Sussex). Compare Nock . English: perhaps a nickname for a spinner or a maker of distaffs from Middle English rok(ke) ‘distaff’ (from Old Norse rokkr or Middle Dutch rocke or an unattested Old English cognate). Compare Rocker . Irish: in Ireland this is usually the English name but it has also been adopted for Mac Conchairge literally ‘son of the hound of the rock’; see McHarg . German (also Röck): from a short form of the personal name Rocco (see Roche ). German: metonymic occupational name for a tailor from Middle High German rok roc ‘skirt gown’.7: Shortened and altered form of southern French Roquebrune or of its variant Rocquebrune (see Rocque ) or a shortened form of their altered form Larock . Compare Roch 5.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Lock, Brock, Hock, Rook, Mock, Dock, Krock, Reck, Tock, Nock

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Where is the Rock family from?

You can see how Rock families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rock family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rock families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 446 Rock families living in Staffordshire. This was about 25% of all the recorded Rock's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Rock families in 1891.
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What did your Rock ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rock. 16% of Rock men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Rock women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rock were Railway Clerk and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Railway Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Rock. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Rock. For the veterans among your Rock ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rock lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Rock life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rock in 1941 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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