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.
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).
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).
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.