The story of the name Douche is a long and distinguished tale beginning in the French Province of Gascogne
. Douche 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 Douche family
The surname Douche 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 Douche family
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Douche Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Douche, including Doucet, Doucé, Dousset, Doussé, Doussée, Doussais, Doussay, Doulcet, Douchet, Doucete, Douget, Dougette and many more.
Early Notables of the Douche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douche family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Douche Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Obadiah Douche, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875