New Rochelle (ˌnuːrəˈʃɛl ; older La Nouvelle-Rochelle) is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States, in the southeastern portion of the state. In 2020, the city had a population of 79,726, making it the seventh-largest in the state of New York. Some residents refer to the city as New Ro or New Roc City.
History of New Rochelle, New York
Etymology and early history
The European settlement was started by refugee Huguenots (French Protestants) in 1688, who were fleeing religious persecution in France (such as Dragonnades) after the king's revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Many of the settlers were artisans and craftsmen from the city of La Rochelle, France, thus influencing the choice of the name of "New Rochelle".
17th and 18th centuries
Some 33 families established the community of La Nouvelle-Rochelle (la nuvɛl ʁɔʃɛl) in 1688. A monument containing the names of these settlers stands in Hudson Park, the original landi