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This surname is either of Old French or Anglo-Saxon origin. If the former, the name is locational from any of the various places in France called Rochefort, named with the Old French "roche", rock, and "fort", strong, well fortified. If the latter, Rochford is locational from either of the places in England thus called: the one north of Southend in Essex, and the other east of Tenbury in Worcestershire. The Essex place was recorded as "Rochefort" in the Domesday Book of 1086, indicating that it may have originally been granted to a Norman lord "de Rochefort" by William the Conqueror. The placename appears as "Roeheford" in the 1195 Curia Regis Rolls of that county, showing the Olde English "ford" taking precedence over the Old French "fort"...

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