What does Rochelle mean?
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 on this name, 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 (#8766 out of 150436, Top 6%). (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 list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Rachel (#155 in 2014), Shelley and Shelly are the popular variation forms of Rochelle. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.8495%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2113%, down 75.1%), with the versions Rochelle, Shelley and Shelly becoming less stylish. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Rochelle and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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.