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The Duche family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Duche name reveals that an early member was a person who had a duck-like gait or bore some other resemblance to a duck. The surname Duche is derived from Old English words duk, dukke, duck, doke, and dook, which all mean duck. However, these words are often indistinguishable from the various Old English words duc, duk, duke, douc, and doke, which all came from the Old French word duc. This ultimately came from the Latin word dux, which means leader, and is a derivative of the verb ducere, which means to lead.

Duche Early Origins



The surname Duche was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Duche Spelling Variations


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Duche Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Duche family name include Duck, Duche, Ducke and others.

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Duche Early History


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Duche Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duche research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1632, 1691, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1636, 1639, 1638 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Duche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Duche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Duche Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Duck, a prominent lawyer in the city of London; Sir John Duck, 1st Baronet ( c. 1632-1691), English politicin, Mayor of Durham; Leonard Digges (c.1515-c.1559), English mathematician and surveyor, credited with the...

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

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Duche In Ireland


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Duche In Ireland



Some of the Duche family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Duche family to immigrate North America:

Duche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Duche, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1700
  • Andrew Duche, who arrived in Georgia in 1738

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Contemporary Notables of the name Duche (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Duche (post 1700)



  • Jacob Duché, American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1761-62

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Duche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Duche 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 13 November 2015 at 10:14.

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