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Meaning & History

Germanic name derived from the element hrok meaning "rest". This was the name of a 14th-century French saint who nursed victims of the plague but eventually contracted the disease himself. He is the patron saint of the sick.
VariantRochus Ancient Germanic
Other Languages & CulturesRoc Catalan Roko Croatian Rokus, Rochus Dutch Rocky English Roch French Rochus German Roch Polish Roque Portuguese Rok Slovene Roque Spanish


Saint Rocco as a Pilgrim by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1730)Saint Rocco as a Pilgrim by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1730)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 880


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute