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

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Fouche first began in medieval France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Fouche family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Fouche was an occupational name for a reaper or mower, or a maker of scythes deriving from the Old French word "fauche," which meant "scythe."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Faucher, Fauché, Fauchet, Foucher, Fauchey, Focher, Foché, Foucher, Fochay, Fouché and many more.

First found in Périgord, where this illustrious family held a family seat since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fouche research. Another 887 words(63 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1476, 1688, 1594, 1667, 1688, 1711, 1755, 1789, 1800, 1815, 1820, 1644, 1696, 1653 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Fouche History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fouche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fouche Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Fouche, aged 17, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Fouche Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Fouche, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822

Fouche Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Beny Fouche, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Kingston, in 1906
  • David Fouche, aged 48, who settled in America from Kingston, in 1906
  • Estelle Fouche, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Kingston, in 1906
  • Jeanne Fouche, aged 23, who landed in America from Rieux, France, in 1909
  • Ria Fouche, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Robertson, South Africa, in 1918


  • Joseph Fouché (1759-1820), 1st Duc d'Otrante was a French statesman and Minister of Police under Napoleon I
  • André Eugène Fouché (1908-2001), French actor
  • Alain Fouché (b. 1942), French politician, Member of the Senate of France
  • Brigitte Lovisa Fouché (b. 1958), French painter
  • George Robert Fouché (b. 1965), nicknamed "Fast Fouché," a former South African race car driver and Formula 1 Powerboat pilot
  • Jacobus Johannes "Jim" Fouché (1898-1980), South African politician, the 2nd President of South Africa from 1968 to 1975
  • Louis Alec Fouché (1913-1971), South African gold medalist shot putter at the 1938 British Empire Games
  • Louis Fouché (b. 1990), South African rugby union footballer


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  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
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The Fouche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fouche 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.

This page was last modified on 29 July 2013 at 12:54.

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