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What does Rochester mean?

Rochester /ro-che-ster/ as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Rochester is "stone camp or fortress". Place name.


Rochester has 3 variants: Chester, Chet and Rock.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Rachester, Richester, ..

(female) Rochere, Rocheren, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Rochester for boys. 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, 2014)

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

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

Prominent related forms of Rochester are Chester (#1782 in 2014), Chet and Rock. Usage of these relations of Rochester reached its peak in the 1910s (average #1513) and has become significantly less since, 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 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.