Origins Available: English
The story of the name Douce is a long and distinguished tale beginning in the French Province of Gascogne
. Douce was a name for a person of sweet, pleasant, or mild disposition as it is derived from the Old French word douce.
Early Origins of the Douce family
The surname Douce was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain
, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Douce family
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Douce Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Douce include Doucet, Doucé, Dousset, Doussé, Doussée, Doussais, Doussay, Doulcet, Douchet, Doucete, Douget, Dougette and many more.
Early Notables of the Douce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douce family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Douce has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Douce were Jean Doucet who settled in Carolina in 1695; Francis Douset, aged 60; who settled in Savannah in 1820; Francis Dousset, aged 32; who settled in Savannah in 1820..
Contemporary Notables of the name Douce (post 1700)
- Claude-Louis Douce, French advertising executive, Neuilly-Sur-Seine
- Steve Douce, British gold medalist British National Cyclo-cross Champion (1983 through 1993)
- Joseph Doucé (1945-1990), Belgium psychologist
- Francis Douce (1757-1834), English antiquary