Duce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Duce family

The surname Duce was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire and held a family seat at Wittenhall.

Important Dates for the Duce family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duce research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1661, 1510, 1600, 1096, 1504, 1455, 1487, 1575, 1634, 1631 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Duce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duce Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ducie, Ducy, Ducey, Deucy, Deuce, Duce, Douce, Douse, Dousy, Doucet and many more.

Early Notables of the Duce family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Duce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duce migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Duce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Duce, aged 18, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • William Duce, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [1]

Duce migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Duce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Duce, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [2]

Duce migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Duce Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Duce, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Sarah Duce, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Duce (post 1700)

  • Patti Duce, American two-time Primetime Emmy nominated producer, known for her work on Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003), Best Ink (2012) and Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End (2005)
  • El Duce (1958-1997), born Eldon Wayne Hoke, American actor killed tragically at the age of 39, known for Kurt & Courtney (1998), Du-beat-e-o (1984) and Population: 1 (1986)
  • Adam Duce (b. 1972), American musician, best known as a founding member of the band Machine Head
  • Viva Duce, British actress, known for her work on Being Considered (2000), Burn: Cycle (1994) and Perspectives: Reality Bites (2004)
  • Sharon Duce (b. 1950), British actress, known for her work on Big Deal (1984), Outland (1981) and The Tamarind Seed (1974)
  • Sir Henry Duce Chads (1788-1868), British admiral, son of Captain Henry Chads, also of the navy, who died in 1799
  • Duce Staley (b. 1975), professional American NFL football player

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
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