Deroche

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Head of Nicomen Slough, N side of Fraser River opposite Chilliwack Mountain, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°11'00''N, 122°04'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92G/1

Origin Notes and History:

Deroche (Post Office and Station) adopted 12 December 1939 on 92 SE. Form of name changed to Deroche (community) 15 December 1982 on 92 G/1.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Deroche Post Office was opened 1 October 1891. Note that Deroche Landing (steamer landing) was about 2 miles from here, on the Fraser River.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After Joseph Deroche, the first settler here, arriving in the early 1880s; he came to BC from California in 1860; died 19 March 1922, age 99.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

First name of the place was Derocier, but CPR named their station after an old Frenchman who lived here. The family was still living here in 1924 according to advice provided to Denys Nelson, author of Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River, 1927.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office