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Rock Name Meaning

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

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Lock, Brock, Hock, Rook, Mock, Dock, Krock, Reck, Tock, Nock

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Where is the Rock family from?

You can see how Rock families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rock family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rock families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 29 Rock families living in Virginia. This was about 18% of all the recorded Rock's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Rock families in 1840.
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What did your Rock ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rock. 18% of Rock men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Rock women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rock were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Rock. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rock census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Rock. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Rock. For the veterans among your Rock ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rock lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Rock life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rock in 1941 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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