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

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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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.

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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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.

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

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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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The Douche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Douche 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 10 January 2013 at 16:19.

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