Douce


Douce
This name derives from the Medieval English "douce" or "dowse" itself coming from the Olde French "dolz" later "doux" meaning "sweet" or "pleasant", the name can also be spelt as Douch or Douche. Frequently used as a woman's name, it is first recorded as such in the early 13th century - "Duze filia (daughter of) Rannulfi" - the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire (1219). However, the first recording of the surname is earlier (see below). One Gilbert le Dus and a Godfrey le Douz appear in the 1296 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex. A Walter Dous or Douce is recorded in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire. On May 2nd 1635, one Robert Duce aged 18, embarked from London on the ship "Alexander" bound for the Barbadoes, and the christening of Isaack, an infant, son of John and Frances Duce, is recorded in St. Bride, Fleet Street, London on July 1st, 1660. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugo Duce of le Duz. which was dated 1200 in the "Cartulary of Oseney Abbey", Oxfordshire. during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • douce — → doux ● douce nom féminin Familier. En douce, en cachette, sans se faire remarquer, avec discrétion : Il a filé en douce. ● douce (expressions) nom féminin Familier. En douce, en cachette, sans se faire remarquer, avec discrétion : Il a filé en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Douce — Douce, a. [F. doux, masc., douce, fem., sweet, fr. L. duleis sweet.] 1. Sweet; pleasant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Sober; prudent; sedate; modest. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] And this is a douce, honest man. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • douce´ly — douce «doos», adjective. 1. Scottish. quiet; steady; modest: »A douce woman she was, civil to the customers (Scott). 2. Obsolete. sweet; pleasant …   Useful english dictionary

  • douce — douce; douce·pere; douce·ly; …   English syllables

  • douce — ubøj. adj. (dæmpet); douce farver …   Dansk ordbog

  • douce — [do͞os] adj. [ME < OFr, fem. of douz < L dulcis: see DULCET] 1. Obs. pleasant or hospitable 2. Scot. sedate; sober …   English World dictionary

  • douce — (dou s ) s. f. Terme de métallurgie. Mine douce de fer. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Doux. doux, douce (do , dou s ; l x se lie : dou z et poli) adj. 1°   Dont la saveur est agréable, qui n a rien de rude. Amande, orange douce. Pomme douce. •   Contre la maxime …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Douce — Doux Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.  Pour le patronyme Ledoux en un seul mot, voir Ledoux …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Douce —    Drame de Claude Autant Lara, avec Odette Joyeux (Douce), Roger Pigaut (Fabien), Madeleine Robinson (Irène), Marguerite Moreno (Mme de Bonafé), Jean Debucourt (M. de Bonafé), Gabrielle Fontan (Estelle), Roger Blin (l homme du théâtre).… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • douce — aigre douce douce taille douce …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • doucé — (entrée créée par le supplément) (dou sé) s. m. Sorte d émeri. •   Au bout de quelque temps [dans le polissage des lentilles], on remplace le premier émeri par un plus fin, en descendant toute la gamme de ceux ci pour arriver à un émeri presque… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.