The French and Spanish surname Roque is a topographic name for someone who lived by a rocky crag or an outcrop. The name is predominantly found in southern France and north western Spain. The name is first recorded in 1090 in the Languedoc region of France. The first reference to the name in the New World is in 1778 when the arrival of Ignacio Roque is chronicled in Loisiana. Today there are approximately 11,000 bearers of the name Roque living in the US.
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