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Meaning and name origin

Rochelle \r(o)-chelle, roch(el)-le\ as a girl's 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.


Rochelle has 11 variant forms: Roch, Rochele, Rochell, Rochella, Rochette, Roschella, Roschelle, Roshelle, Shell, Shelley and Shelly.

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 surname or last name for all people (#6423 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Rochelle for girls. Rochelle reached its highest rank of #270 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rochelle name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rochelle outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Rochelle and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rachel (#155), Shelly, Rochelle and Shelley. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachel, Rochelle, Shelley, Shelly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rachel, Rochelle outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rochelle is also 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 commonly used than Rochelle.