Rochester name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rochester

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  1. A town in southeast Minnesota
  2. A city in western New York; a center of the photographic equipment industry

The Roman name for Rochester was Durobrivae which has two possible origins. It may refer to "fort by the bridge", but which fort (British, Claudian Roman or later fortification after AD 175) is a matter of debate. alternatively the name may come from the British word Dourbruf meaning "swift stream".

The name is recorded as Durobrivis in around 730 and Dorobrevis in 844. The first of these was pronounced as "Robrivis". St Bede the Venerable copied down the name, c730, mistaking its meaning as "Hrofi's fortified camp" (OE Hrofes cæster). From this comes c730 Hrofæscæstre, 811 Hrofescester, 1086 Rovescester, 1610 Rochester.

The Latinised adjective Roffensis refers to Rochester.

  1. A town in Victoria, Australia.
  2. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada.
  3. A town and historic city in Medway borough, Kent, England (OS grid ref TQ7468).
  4. A small village in Northumberland, England (OS grid ref NY8398).
  5. A village in Sangamon County, Illinois.
  6. A city, the county seat of Fulton County, Indiana.
  7. An unincorporated community and census-designated place in Rochester Township, Cedar County, Iowa.
  8. A tiny home rule city in Butler County, Kentucky.
  9. A town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  10. A city in Oakland County, Michigan; suburb of Detroit.
  11. A large city, the county seat of Olmsted County, Minnesota.
  12. An unincorporated community in Andrew County, Missouri.
  13. A ghost town in Pershing County, Nevada.
  14. A city in Strafford County, New Hampshire.
  15. A large city, the county seat of Monroe County, New York.
  16. A town in Ulster County, New York.
  17. A village in Lorain County, Ohio.
  18. An unincorporated community in Noble County, Ohio.
  19. A borough of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
  20. A small town in Haskell County, Texas.
  21. A town in Windsor County, Vermont.
  22. A census-designated place in Thurston County, Washington.
  23. A village in Racine County, Wisconsin.
  24. A British surname​..

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rochester

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rochester

The Earl of Rochester

The was born on April 1st, 1647 in Ditchley. He died on July 26th, 1680.

Elizabeth Wilmot, Countess of Rochester

Elizabeth was born in 1651. She passed away on August 20th, 1681.

Ajay Rochester

Ajay Rochester is a television presenter of the biggest loser, author, actress, comedian, speaker, and the biggest loser (australian tv series). Ajay was born on April 17th, 1969.

Nathaniel Rochester

Nathaniel Rochester was a computer pioneer. Nathaniel was born on January 14th, 1919. He left this life on June 8th, 2001.

Ernest Lamb, 1st Baron Rochester

Ernest was born on September 4th, 1876. He died on January 13th, 1955.

Henrietta Hyde, Countess of Rochester

Henrietta was born in 1646. She died on April 12th, 1687.

  • Claire Rochester

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rochester U.S.
  White 63.52% 64.26%
  African American 30.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rochester

People with the last name Rochester are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Rochester

  • How Popular is the name Rochester? Rochester is the 17,594th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rochester was the 8,238th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rochester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 463 babies born with the first name Rochester in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rochester to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rochester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Rochester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rochester is Monday, November 17th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Rochester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rochester was in 1944 with a total of 22 babies.
  • Random Rochester Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rochester is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Alabama have the same name in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Rochester: The name spelled backwards is Retsehcor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Reoctrseh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rochester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,024 people with the last name Rochester.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rochester? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Rochester as their last name.
  • Rochester name meaning

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