Meaning and Name Origin
Rochelle \r(o)-chelle, roch(el)-le\ as a girls' name is pronounced roh-SHELL. It is of French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Rochelle is "little rock; rest". May be based on the French place name of La Rochelle. Also feminine variant of Rocco (Italian). Saint Rocco (14th century) was a pilgrim and healer.
For more information, see also the related girl name Rachel.
Rochelle is a very popular first name for females (#443 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#6423 out of 88799, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Rochelle for girls. Rochelle was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #270 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Rochelle and related names. Popular variation forms of Rochelle rated in the Top 1000 are Rachel (#155 in 2014), Shelley and Shelly. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1970-1979 and have become much less popular since, with the versions Rochelle, Shelley and Shelly becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Rochelle▼ is pronounced similarly to Rachele, Rachell, Rachelle▼, Rashelle, Raychelle, Rechell, Richele and Richelle▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Richella, Roselle and Rozelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rochelle.