Rock Family History

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Rock Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a notable crag or outcrop, from Middle English rokke ‘rock’ (see Roach), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Rock in Northumberland. English: variant of Roke (see Rokes 1). English: metonymic occupational name for a spinner or a maker of distaffs, from Middle English rok ‘distaff’ (from Old Norse rokkr or Middle Dutch rocke or an unattested Old English cognate). German: from a short form of the personal name Rocco (see Roche 3). German: metonymic occupational name for a tailor, from Middle High German rok, roc ‘skirt’, ‘gown’. German (Röck): variant of Roche 3.

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

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

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Rock Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rock name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rock. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Rock Family Origin

Where is the Rock family from?

Rock Family Occupations

What did your Rock ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rock. A less common occupation for the Rock family was Student. The most common Rock occupation in Canada was Farmer. 24% of Rock's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Servant

  • Student


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Rock ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Rock Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Rock. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rock census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Rock Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rock ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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