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The story of the name Doucette is a long and distinguished tale beginning in the French Province of Gascogne. Doucette was a name for a person of sweet, pleasant, or mild disposition as it is derived from the Old French word douce.

Doucette Early Origins



The surname Doucette 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.

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Doucette Spelling Variations


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Doucette Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Doucette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Doucet, Doucé, Dousset, Doussé, Doussée, Doussais, Doussay, Doulcet, Douchet, Doucete, Douget, Dougette and many more.

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Doucette Early History


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Doucette Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doucette research. Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1273, 1308, 1459, 1670, 1724, 1750, 1766, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Doucette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Doucette Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Doucette Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Doucette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Doucette has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Doucette were

Doucette Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Doucette, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Doucette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lizen Doucette, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Mathew Doucette, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Alfred Doucette, aged 25, who settled in America from Le Havre, France, in 1919
  • Dosite Doucette, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States from France, Bordeaux, in 1919
  • Russell Doucette, aged 4, who settled in America from Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Doucette (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Doucette (post 1700)



  • James E. Doucette, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000
  • John W. Doucette, American Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters and many more distinctions
  • Bernard F. Doucette (d. 1974), American meteorologist, known for his insightful observations of the 1939 Pacific typhoon season
  • Allan E. Doucette (1872-1901), All-American football player
  • Paul John Doucette (b. 1972), American rhythm guitarist and former drummer for the band Matchbox Twenty
  • John Doucette (1921-1994), American film character actor, known for his many roles as Western bad guys, he appeared in 275 titles
  • Jeff Doucette (b. 1947), American television and film actor, known for his roles in Bedazzled (2000), Splash (1984), Babylon 5: The River of Souls (1998) and Doctor Dolittle (1998)
  • Sarah Doucette, Canadian politician, Toronto City Councillor (2010-)
  • Chad Doucette (b. 1988), Canadian singer from East Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia
  • Jerry Doucette (b. 1952), Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter from Montreal

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Doucette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doucette 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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