laduke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname laduke is an ancient French name from Brittany. It was a name given to a person who was a person who put on the airs and graces of a Duke, or for a servant who worked in the household of a Duke.
Early Origins of the laduke family
The surname laduke was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Blardais, Busnelaye, and Rouvray.
By the 13th century they also branched to St. Sulspice in Normandy. Members of the Norman branch became seigneurs, and in this region they held a family seat at Duquerie. The family gradually, over the next three or four centuries, moved eastward to île-de-France, to Hainaut and finally to Flanders (Belgium).
In the latter region they held a family seat at Masnuy-St.Pierre, and members of this branch became knights in 1735. In Flanders they were Barons in 1787, just before the revolution, and intermarried with the distinguished family of Miche. In île-de-France they held a family seat at Fontaine. They also acquired estates in Perche, Champagne, Marche, and Gascogne.
Jean Leduc, born in 1624, travelled from Ingre, France to Canada in 1652. After arriving in Quebec he worked as a sawyer and he married Marie Soulinie, born in 1631, on 11th November 1652. The Lords of the Isle of Montreal gave Jean an acre of land on 20th August 1655 and this is where he settled with Marie. Jean and Marie had six children together, all boys, that all have many ancestors with the name Leduc in Canada. 
Early History of the laduke family
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laduke Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name laduke, some of which include Leduc, Laduc, le Duc, Le Du, Ledu, Le Duc, De Ducé and many more.
Early Notables of the laduke family (pre 1700)
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laduke migration to the United States +
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name laduke has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name laduke were
laduke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nora LaDuke, aged 35, originally from Marinette, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England 
- John La Duke, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Bristol" from Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Contemporary Notables of the name laduke (post 1700) +
- Winona LaDuke (b. 1959), American politician, Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1996, 2000 
- Ronald LaDuke, American Republican politician, Candidate for Florida State House of Representatives 95th District, 1978 
- Paul LaDuke, American politician, Supervisor of Frenchtown Township, Michigan; Elected 1912, 1913, 1914 
Related Stories +
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXKP-V6P : 6 December 2014), Nora LaDuke, 13 Sep 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CP-W38 : 6 December 2014), John La Duke, 20 Apr 1920; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Bristol, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html