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The name Luce reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Luce family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Luce family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066 of England, Luce in Orne in the bailiwick of le Passeis, near Domfront, Normandy.

Luce Early Origins



The surname Luce was first found in Norfolk where the first mention of the family of Lucy was made by Henry I of the lordship of Dice therein to Richard de Lucie, governor of Falais who later played a prominent role in the contests of King Stephen's reign. He was more than once Lieutenant of England. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

The Lucys of Charlecote, Warwickshire descend from Sir William de Charlecote who changed his name to Lucy. This latter claim of a name change is of some dispute but what is certain is that this was the same gentleman that Shakespeare apparently lampooned in the 1580s by mocking his name and suggesting his wife was unfaithful. Again, this claim cannot be verified.

Truro in Cornwall was an ancient home to some of the family. "The manor, in 1161, belonged to Richard de Luci, chief justice of England and lord of Truro, who probably built the castle (the site of which is still called Castle Hill), and who invested the inhabitants with numerous privileges, which were confirmed by Reginald Fitz-Henry, Earl of Cornwall, natural son of Henry I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another branch of the family was found at Lessness in Kent. It was here that Richard de Luci (1089-1179) of Richard de Lucy was High Sheriff of Essex and later Chief Justiciar of England (1154-1179.) He also founded "an abbey for Black canons, in honour of St. Mary and St. Thomas the Martyr in 1178." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Luce Spelling Variations


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Luce Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Lucy, Luce, Lucey, Lucie and others.

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Luce Early History


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Luce Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luce research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1592, 1667, 1647, 1658, 1594, 1677, 1660, 1677, 1525, 1551, 1585, 1640, 1614, 1640, 1619, 1677 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Luce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Luce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Luce Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Lucy, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1400; Sir Richard Lucy, 1st Baronet (c.1592-1667), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1647 and 1658; William Lucy (1594-1677), an English clergyman, Bishop of St David's (1660-1677); Sir Thomas Lucy (d.1525); and...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Luce In Ireland


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Luce In Ireland



Some of the Luce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Luce name or one of its variants:

Luce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Luce settled in New England in 1630
  • Thomas Luce, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1644

Luce Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Betty, Elijah and Joseph Luce all settled in Boston in 1769
  • Richard Luce, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Luce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Luce, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J B Luce, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • N V Luce, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • A. J. Luce was a hop-grower in Cazaville in 1891

Luce Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Philippe Luce, a blacksmith in Bonaventure, Quebec in 1871
  • John Luce was a councillor in Giande-Greve, Quebec in 1871
  • Elias Luce was an agent in Fox River, Quebec in 1871
  • Deforest and Asa Luce lived in Ontario in 1877
  • A. Luce lived in Ontario in 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Luce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Luce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849

Luce Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Luce arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1869

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Contemporary Notables of the name Luce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Luce (post 1700)



  • Claire Luce (1903-1989), American stage and screen actress, and dancer
  • Robert Luce (1862-1946), American politician, United States Representative from Massachusetts
  • Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827-1917), U.S. Navy admiral, founder and first president of the Naval War College, eponym of the USS Luce (DLG-7/DDG-38), USS Luce (DD-522) and the USS Luce (DD-99)
  • Robert Duncan Luce (1925-2012), American social scientist, Distinguished Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California who developed Luce's choice axiom
  • Clarence A. Luce (1847-1925), American Republican politician, Druggist; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1912
  • Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1943-47; U.S. Ambassador to Italy, 1953-56
  • Charles T. Luce, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 13th District, 1898, 1900, 1902
  • Charles L. Luce, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newington; Elected 1912
  • Benjamin Luce, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1836-38
  • Cyrus Gray Luce (1824-1905), American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Member of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1885-86; Resigned 1886; Governor of Michigan, 1887-90
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Luce


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Suggested Readings for the name Luce



  • Ancestors and Descendants of James and Althea (Loose) Johnston (Also Luce) and Allied Families by Aaron Montgomery Johnston.
  • The American Descendants of Henry Luce of Martha's Vineyard by Martha F. McCourt.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

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