Roche, de la Roche Richard FitzGoderbert de la Roche, son of Godebert Flandrensis of Rhos in Pembrokeshire was one of the Norman barons that returned with Dermot MacMurragh in 1167. A brother Robert settled in Shelmalier East, his sons David, Henry and Adam adopted the surname de la Roche. In 1890 it was principally found in Cork, Wexford, Dublin, Limerick and Mayo. The estimated number of bearers was 8,198 (including variants). In the United States it is the 2,053rd most numerous surname with an estimated 16,500 bearers.