Duche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Duche family
The surname Duche was first found in Somerset where the first record of the family was John le Duk, who was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
The Rotuli Curiae Regis listed Ralph Dux of Buckinghamshire, 1198. 
In Cheshire, two early listing were found: Robert Ducke was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1260 and later; Hugo Doke was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279.  In the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, we found Adam Doke listed as holding lands there at that time. 
In Devon, we found the variant Duckham.  "Amongst old Tiverton [,Devon] names, now scantily to be found in the county, but still surviving in this town, are Duckham This name is now established in Monmouthshire. The Duckhams were Tiverton churchwardens in 1691, 1703, and 1743." 
Early History of the Duche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duche research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1580, 1648, 1570, 1628, 1632, 1691, 1657, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1636, 1639, 1638, 1672, 1705, 1756 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Duche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
Early Notables of the Duche family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Arthur Duck (1580-1648), English civilian, second son of Richard Duck by Joanna, his wife, born at Heavitree, Devonshire. He was born at Heavitree, near Exeter, Devon. the younger son of Richard Duck and his wife Joanna. His elder brother was the lawyer Nicholas Duck (1570-1628) was a prominent lawyer in the city of London. 
Sir John Duck, 1st Baronet (c. 1632-1691), was an English politician, Mayor of Durham. He "was apprenticed early in life to a butcher at Durham, though from an entry in the guild registers it appears that in 1657...
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In France, the name Duche is the 4,620th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 
Migration of the Duche family to Ireland
Some of the Duche family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Duche migration to the United States ||+|
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 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Duche (post 1700) ||+|
- Jacob Duché, American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1761-62 
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