Rochester Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city in Kent, which is recorded by Bede (c.730) under the names of both Dorubrevi and Hrofæcæstre. The former represents the original British name, composed of the elements duro- ‘fortress’ and briva ‘bridge’. The second represents a contracted form of this (possibly affected by folk etymological connection with Old English hrof ‘roof’) combined with an explanatory Old English cæster ‘Roman fort’ (from Latin castra ‘military camp’). There is a much smaller place in Northumbria also called Rochester, which seems to have been named in imitation of the more important one, but which is a more than occasional source of the surname. In other cases there may also have been confusion with Wroxeter in Shropshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Rochecestre.

List of People with Surname Rochester

Based on our public records, there are a total of 1,395 people with the surname Rochester. Among these people surnamed Rochester, there are approximately 367 different names, with an average of 3 people who share the same name. Michael Rochester, Robert Rochester and William Rochester are the top three most common names from the list of people surnamed Rochester, with 30, 23 and 20 people respectively.

Moreover, Our data shows that South Carolina has the most people surnamed Rochester, with a total of 177 people, and there are a total of 117 different names among these people. New York is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Rochester, with a total of 114 people and an average of 89 different names.