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Rochester Surname OriginLocality From a city in Kent, England, so called from Roche, French, a rock, and chester, from the Latin castrum, a city or castle; an uneven, rough, and stony place. Reoh, Saxon, and Rauh, German, signify rough, rugged, uneven. See Chester
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Rochester Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Rochester Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes