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.

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  • douche — [ duʃ ] n. f. • douge, doucheXVIIe; doccia 1581; it. doccia 1 ♦ Projection d eau en jet ou en pluie qui arrose le corps et produit une action hygiénique. Douche froide, chaude, tiède. Douche écossaise, alternativement chaude et froide; fig.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Douche — aménagée dans une baignoire et équipée d un pare douche. Une douche est un jet d eau dirigé sur le corps qui est généralement pratiqué pour des raisons d hygiène ou dans un but thérapeutique. Par métonymie, une douche désigne l équipement ou l… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • douche — DOUCHE. s. fém. Épanchement de certaines eaux chaudes et minérales qu on fait tomber de haut sur une partie malade pour la soulager, pour la guérir. Donner la douche. Recevoir la douche. Prendre la douche …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Douche — Douche, n. [F., fr. It. doccia, fr. docciare to flow, pour, fr. an assumed LL. ductiare, fr. L. ducere, ductum, to lead, conduct (water). See {Duct}.] 1. A jet or current of water or vapor directed upon some part of the body to benefit it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • douche — [du:ʃ] n [C usually singular] [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: Italian doccia water pipe ] a mixture of water and something such as ↑vinegar, that a woman puts into her ↑vagina to wash it, or the object that she uses to do this >douche v [I …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • douche — [ duʃ ] noun count a method of washing inside a part of someone s body, especially a woman s VAGINA, using a narrow stream of liquid a. the object used to perform a douche …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • douche — (n.) 1766, jet of water, from Fr. douche (16c.), from It. doccia shower, from docciare to spray, from L. ductionem a leading, from ducere to lead (see DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.)). Meaning vaginal cleansing is from 1833. The verb is first attested 1838 …   Etymology dictionary

  • douche — ► NOUN 1) a shower of water. 2) a jet of liquid applied to part of the body for cleansing or medicinal purposes. 3) a device for washing out the vagina as a contraceptive measure. ► VERB 1) spray or shower with water. 2) use a contraceptive… …   English terms dictionary

  • douche — [do͞osh] n. [Fr < It doccia, shower bath, orig., conduit, back form. < doccione, water pipe < L ductio, a leading away < ductus: see DUCT] 1. a jet of liquid applied externally or internally to some part of the body, esp. as a bath or …   English World dictionary

  • Douche — (fr., spr. Dusch), 1) Ausflußröhre eines Wasserbehältnisses; 2) (Douchebad), Wasserstrahl, den man an einem Theil des Körpers anströmen läßt, um demselben ein Bad zu appliciren, s.u. Bad I. c) b). Daher Douchiren, übertröpfen, übergießen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Douche — Douche, s. Dusche …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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