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Roach Surname Meaning

English:: of Norman origin from Old French and Middle English roche ‘rock cliff promontory’ sometimes a translation of Stone . The surname may have been topographic denoting someone who lived on or by a prominent rock or rocky place or a habitational name for someone who lived or came from a place so named such as one of those called Roque or Roche(s) in Normandy and neighboring regions or Roche in Cornwall Roach Farm in Clyst Hydon (Devon) or Roch in Pembrokeshire (see Roch ). in Lancashire perhaps referring to the River Roch which runs through Rochdale; the river name is probably a back-formation from Recedham an early name for Rochdale recorded in 1086 derived from Old English reced ‘building house hall’ + hām ‘village homestead’. Alternatively the Lancashire name could be a shortened form of the now rare or extinct surname Rochdale alias Rachedale Rachdall a habitational name from Rochdale (Lancashire). From the 18th century onward the name is difficult to distinguish from Roch borne by Irish migrants to South Lancashire especially Liverpool.

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

Similar surnames: Rock, Roche, Reach, Roch, Leach, Rach, Beach, Coach, Horch, Ronco

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Where is the Roach family from?

You can see how Roach families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roach family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roach families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 534 Roach families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Roach's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Roach families in 1911.
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What did your Roach ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Roach. 30% of Roach men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Roach women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roach were Miner and Operator. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
  • Student
  • Operator
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Passenger Lists

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There are 56,000 military records available for the last name Roach. For the veterans among your Roach ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roach lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Roach life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Roach in 1941 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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