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ˈrɒtʃ ɛs tər, -ə stərrochester

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Rochesternoun

    a city in western New York; a center of the photographic equipment industry

  2. Rochesternoun

    a town in southeast Minnesota


  1. Rochesternoun

    A city name, originally of the Rochester in Kent, England.

  2. Rochesternoun

    A British surname.

  3. Etymology: Old English Hrofæcæstir, probably meaning ‘Roman town called Hrofi (an ancient Celtic name)’.


  1. rochester

    Rochester is a city in the U.S. state of New York, the county seat of Monroe County, and the third-most populous city in New York state after New York City and Buffalo. The city of Rochester is known for its rich history, particularly its role in the Civil Rights and Suffragette movements. It is also the birthplace of many notable companies and innovations, including Kodak and Xerox, and known for renowned institutions like the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.


  1. Rochester

    Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. Known as The World's Image Center, it was also once known as The Flour City, and more recently as The Flower City, annually hosting the Lilac Festival. It is the county seat for Monroe County. Rochester's city population according to the 2010 census is approximately 210,565, making it New York's third most populous city after New York City and Buffalo. It is at the center of a larger metropolitan area which encompasses and extends beyond Monroe County and includes Genesee County, Livingston County, Ontario County, Orleans County and Wayne County. This area, which is part of the Western New York region, had a population of 1,079,671 people at the time of the 2010 Census. As of July 1, 2012 Estimates indicated that this population rose to 1,082,284. Rochester was one of America's first "boomtowns" and rose to prominence initially as the site of many flour mills located on the Genesee River, then as a major manufacturing hub. Rochester is now an international center of higher education, as well as medical and technological development. The region is known for many acclaimed universities, and several of them are nationally renowned for their research programs. In addition, Rochester has been and continues to be the site of many important inventions and innovations in consumer products. The Rochester area is currently home to corporations such as Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox that conduct extensive research and manufacturing in the fields of industrial and consumer products. The Rochester metropolitan area is the second largest regional economy in New York State according to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, after the New York City metropolitan area.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rochester

    1, an interesting old city (26), of Kent, 29 m. SE. of London, on the Medway, lying between and practically forming one town with Strood and Chatham; the seat of a bishop since 604; has a fine cathedral, which combines in its structure examples of Norman, Early English, and Decorated architecture; a hospital for lepers founded in 1078; a celebrated Charity House, and a strongly posted Norman castle. 2, Capital (163), of Monroe County, New York, on the Genesee River, near Lake Ontario, 67 m. NE. of Buffalo; is a spacious and well-appointed city, with a university, theological seminary, &c.; has varied and flourishing manufactures.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rochester

    From Hrofoceaster, after Hrop, a Saxon chieftain, who built a castle on the site of a castra, or Roman encampment.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rochester is ranked #8238 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rochester surname appeared 4,024 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Rochester.

    63.5% or 2,556 total occurrences were White.
    30% or 1,211 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 119 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 88 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rochester in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rochester in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Rochester in a Sentence

  1. Jay Jacobs:

    Let's take a scenario, very different, where David Duke, you remember David Duke ? The grand wizard of the KKK ? He moves to New York, he becomes a Democrat, and he runs for mayor in the city of Rochester, which has a low primary turnout, and he wins the Democratic line. I have to endorse David Duke ? I don't think so.

  2. Lovely Warren:

    Now, as we said earlier, people of color represent well over 50 % of the city of Rochester's population so our consent decree should reflect that.

  3. Maisha Beard:

    Mayor Warren believes we need to move forward with honoring Daniel Prudes, and all the past victims of police violence, by doing the necessary work to reform policing and achieve equity in Rochester.

  4. Lorenzo Napolitano:

    No 9-year-old should be handcuffed. No 9-year-old should be pepper-sprayed. No one's humanity should be dismissed because of a badge. No human should be treated like this, reform is needed. Reform can come, but only if we are willing to listen to this little girl crying out for the protection that she didn't receive from the Rochester Police.

  5. Rochester Police Chief David Smith:

    We felt it prudent that we not allow events to continue and risk a repetition or repeat of what happened Sunday, we need to ensure that folks going out to see a concert in Rochester are safe and feel safe.

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