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What does Rochester mean?

Rochester Pronunciation of Rochester as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Rochester is "stone camp or fortress". Place name.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, stone (rock)


VARIANTS Chester, Chet, Rock



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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Rochester entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #1913 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rochester name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Rochester are Chester (#1704 IN 2018), Chet and Rock. Usage of these relations of Rochester reached its peak in the 1910s (AVERAGE #1513) and has become significantly less since (#1926, DOWN 99%), with the form Chester becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rochester, Chester, Chet, Rock in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rochester and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Alester, Coster, Fester, Forester, Forrester, Forster, Foster, Hollister, Kester, Lancester, Lanchester, Lankester (see Lancaster), Leicester, Lester, Manchester, Nester, Roche, Rochus, Rossiter, Silvester, Sylvester, Todhunter and Vester. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rochester.

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