What does Rochester mean?
Rochester /ro-che-ster/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Rochester is "stone camp or fortress". Place name.
How popular is Rochester?
Rochester is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#8137 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent related forms of Rochester (outside Top 1000) are Chester, Chet and Rock. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.336%) and has become significantly less since, with the forms Chester and Chet becoming less fashionable. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Rochester and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)