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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douche 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 Douche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
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    Other References

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    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
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