Rochford Family History
Rochford Name Meaning
English: habitational name from either of two places so called: in Essex and Worcestershire. In both cases the name probably derives from the genitive case of Old English ræcc ‘hunting dog’ (perhaps a byname) + Old English ford ‘ford’, but its development has been influenced by the common French place name composed of the elements roche ‘rock’ + fort ‘strong’ (Latin fortis).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press