Origin of the Name Rock
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Rock
include Rocks, Rocke, McCarrigy and Carrick. This name is derived from the MacConcharraigh Gaelic sept that was located in County Clare and which means 'Rock'. The name thus described a person who resided near a prominent boulder or rockface.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The name was first anglicized MacEncarigy of which there were many variants such as MacCarrigoyne and Karracky. In the course of the seventeenth century the 'MacEn' element of this name was dropped leaving the form Carrig or Carrigy, with Carrick used as a synonym of this. Carrig is confined to Counties Clare and Limerick and MacCarrick to Ulster and Roscommon. The name Rock can also be of immigrant origin as it was introduced into Ulster Province by settlers from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century.
The Rock coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Rock descendants.