Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. English: variant of Roke (see Rokes 1).
  3. 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).
  4. German: from a short form of the personal name Rocco (see Roche 3).
  5. German: metonymic occupational name for a tailor, from Middle High German rok, roc ‘skirt’, ‘gown’.
  6. German (Röck): variant of Roche 3.
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