Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Rocco

Rocco is an Italian name of Germanic origin derived from “hrok” meaning "rest". The name was borne by a famous early 14th century French saint, Saint Roch, or Rocco as he came to be known. Born to a barren mother who prayed to the Virgin Mary for a child, Rocco was holy from the start. In fact, it is said that he was born with a birthmark on his chest in the form of a red cross (which apparently grew larger as he grew older). Orphaned at 20, the devout Rocco distributed all of his earthly possessions among the poor and went on a pilgrimage to Rome where he ended up caring for the sick struck down by the Plague as it ravaged throughout Italy. It was said that he produced miraculous cures and recoveries through prayer and with the touch of his healing hand. Eventually he contracted the Plague himself, was expelled from the community, and retreated to the forest (where a nobleman and his dog tended to him). Eventually Rocco was arrested as a spy in Montpellier (his birthplace) on the orders of his own uncle (who didn’t recognize him). Nor did Rocco reveal who he was to save himself, so he died in prison a few years after his arrest. After his death, Rocco’s identity was divulged by virtue of his aforementioned birthmark; he was immediately venerated as a martyred saint. His cult grew in Italy in particular (given his dedication to the sick there) which is how this Germanic name became more identifiable as Italian. The popularity of his cult spread throughout Europe quickly in light of the Black Death (mid-14th century) and the need to call upon protective saints who purportedly cured the invalids and dying. As a result of this legend, Saint Rocco is considered the patron saint of the sick and plague-stricken. It’s interesting that the name comes from a word meaning "rest"; but perhaps that’s precisely what St. Rocco gave to his patients in their time of great suffering.

All About the Baby Name – Rocco

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ROCCO

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ROCCO

The distinctly Italian name Rocco has been on the U.S. male naming charts since 1892. The name experienced its peak popularity in the late teens and early 1920s. Not surprisingly, the largest Italian wave of immigration into the United States took place between 1900 and 1914 during which time this lively bunch influenced some of the nation’s naming trends. Rocco is an example of this. As the decades progressed into the 20th century, the name Rocco slowly declined in usage. In fact, the name dropped off the naming charts altogether for most of the 1990s. It appeared as if this name was no longer of interest to the general American population of parents. Rocco would make a triumphant return to the charts in 2001 and jump from complete obscurity to moderate usage once again. What happened? In August of 2000, Madonna and her then-husband Guy Ritchie named their newborn son Rocco John Ritchie (the baby’s name was probably selected to honor Madonna Ciccone’s ethnic Italian heritage). Apparently the name has caught on so far in the 21st century. Rocco has a lot of that Italian feistiness and zest, but it’s also a strong and handsome name. Many people connect Rocco with a macho Italian ladies-man, but we see absolutely nothing wrong with that association! (Just beware, though, this name is commonly used for dogs). Regardless, Rocco is darling on a little boy (particularly if paired with an Italian sounding surname), and it ages well into adulthood. Given its strong ethnic quality, we don’t expect Rocco to ever become overused or ultra-trendy which is a nice thing for parents looking for something more original. Rocco is in a league of his own.

Quick Facts

ON ROCCO

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

German

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

423

PRONUNCIATION:

ROCK-o

SIMPLE MEANING:

Rest

Characteristics

OF ROCCO

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Rocco

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ROCCO

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Rocco

Popular Songs

ON ROCCO

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Rocco


Famous People

NAMED ROCCO

St. Rocco (14th century saint)
Rocco Baldelli (baseball player)
Rocco Mediate (golfer)
Rocco Rock (wrestler)
Rocco DiSpirito (American chef)
Rocco Buttiglione (Italian politician)
Rocco "Rocky" Colavito (baseball player)
Rocco Perri (prominent Mafiosi boss)
Rocco Landesman (theatre producer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ROCCO

Madonna;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ROCCO

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rocco