This interesting surname has its origins firmly in France, although perhaps oddly its first recording would seem to be in Scotland (see below). The name derives from "Louche" and was originally a nickname given to one who had a quick mind and who was able to make a deal. Later the meaning changed to "dubious", but this was long after the surname became established. That the name was considered complimentary is borne out by the grant of Arms to a family called Louch(e), the charges being two red bars of command, a red lion rampant in chief, all on a silver (white) field. The name recordings include the following examples: Alice Louch, who married John Bowth at the Church of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, London, on October 31st 1574, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 (1558 - 1603). Later, on October 21st 1610, in the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, the last independent Scottish monarch, Clemens Louch married Denis Wright at Stapleford Tawney, in the county of Essex. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ade de Louche, which was dated 1330, the Provost of Peebles, Scotland, during the reign of King David 11 of Scotland, 1329 - 1371. 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.

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  • louche — 1. (lou ch ) adj. 1°   Dont les deux yeux n ont pas la même direction. Cet enfant est louche.    Fig. •   La peur blême et louche est leur dieu, A. CHÉN. Iambes..    L envie est louche, se dit parce qu elle ne voit jamais que de travers les… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • louche — adj. of questionable taste, decency, or morality; not reputable; as, a louche nightclub; a louche painting. Syn: shady. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • louche — Louche, Il vient de Luscus. Qui est louche et bigle, Strabo strabonis. Louche, Est un mot picard, signifiant ce que le commun François appelle cuillier, de Cochlear, ou Cochlearium Latin …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • louche — dubious, disreputable, 1819, from Fr. louche squinting, from O.Fr. lousche, lois (12c.) cross eyed, squint eyed, lop sided, from L. lusca, fem. of luscus one eyed, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • louche — [ luʃ ] adjective BRITISH FORMAL slightly immoral, often in a way that is attractive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • louche — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ disreputable or dubious in a rakish or appealing way. ORIGIN French, squinting …   English terms dictionary

  • louche — [lo͞osh] adj. [Fr, lit., squinting < L lusca, fem. of luscus, one eyed] [also in roman type] questionable; shady; odd …   English World dictionary

  • louche — 1. louche [ luʃ ] adj. • v. 1280; lousche « qui ne voit pas bien » v. 1200; fém. de l a. fr. lois; lat. luscus « borgne » 1 ♦ Vx Qui est atteint de strabisme. ⇒ bigle, fam. louchon. « le marquis était louche » (Proust) . Yeux louches. Par métaph …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Louche — Pour les articles homonymes, voir louche (homonymie). La louche est un instrument de cuisine composé d un manche relativement long et d une tête hémisphérique, formant une cuiller à long manche. Son utilité première est de permettre de prélever… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • LOUCHE — adj. des deux genres Dont les yeux ont une différente direction. Il est louche. Cette femme est louche.   Il se dit aussi Des yeux mêmes et du regard. Avoir les yeux louches, le regard louche. LOUCHE, signifie figurément, Qui n est pas clair, net …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • louche — adj., équivoque, suspect, pas franc, bizarre ; pas clair, sombre, (ep. d une affaire) : guinsho, a, e (Genève, Saxel), R. « Travers => Guigner ; lûsho, a, e (Albanais.001, Chambéry, Thônes), R. l. DEO.375 luscus <borgne ; qui ferme un… …   Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

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