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Where did the English Duché family come from? What is the English Duché family crest and coat of arms? When did the Duché family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Duché family history?

The Duché family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Duché name reveals that an early member was a person who had a duck-like gait or bore some other resemblance to a duck. The surname Duché is derived from Old English words duk, dukke, duck, doke, and dook, which all mean duck. However, these words are often indistinguishable from the various Old English words duc, duk, duke, douc, and doke, which all came from the Old French word duc. This ultimately came from the Latin word dux, which means leader, and is a derivative of the verb ducere, which means to lead.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Duché family name include Duck, Duche, Ducke and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duché research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1632, 1691, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1636, 1639, 1638 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Duché History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duché Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Duché family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Duché family to immigrate North America:

Duché Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anthony Duche, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1700
  • Andrew Duche, who arrived in Georgia in 1738

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The Duché Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duché Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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