Surname Saturday: Roach

RoachCrest   Today’s surname originated in France, derived from the French word “roche” which means rocky crag or someone who lived near a rocky crag.  After the Norman invasion in the late eleventh century, the name became more prevalent throughout both England and Ireland, but also could be found variously in Italy as “Rocca” or “Roca” and in the Netherlands or Belgium as “De Reorck.”

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