Last name: Dutch

This interesting surname originated from two possible sources. Firstly, it may be a variant of "Duche", itself from "Duchier", which is a French occupational name for a tavern-keeper, from an aphetic form of the old French "conduchier" (from the late Latin word "conducarius", to conduct, manage). Secondly, the name may have originated as a nickname given to immigrant Dutch weavers who were brought into England largely by Edward 111 to teach their craft and expand the English cloth trade, which became the source of so much wealth in the middle ages. They may also have been French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in the late 16th Century (mainly Flemish) and the end of the late 17th Century. John Duch(e) was mentioned in the Court Rolls of Colchester in 1360. John, son of Thomas and Grace Dutche was christened at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington, London on November 30th 1576, while Bridgett Dutch married Robert Hayes at St. Giles Cripplegate, London on November 18th 1599. Jacques and Ester Duche, French Huguenots, had daughters Charlot and Elizabeth christened on July 18th 1686 and February 15th 1691 respectively, at Threadneedle street, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter de Deusshe, which was dated 1302, Close Rolls, during the reign of King Edward the 1, The Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. 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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William Grant Dutch
It is likely that we are related.....especially with the Logie/Montrose cnnection. The family photo I have which includes my great great grandfather...the family is large with some 6 sons and 5 daughters.My great gtreat grandmother was Irish. Her name was Mary Lees.she died circa mid 1950s. They lived at Logie at the time of the photo..perhaps 1890ish. (Reply to jacqui Lewis).

Fiona
Hi there, my great, great, great grandmother was Mary born 1858, died 1950. Mary married John Dutch and lived at Logie Montrose. I remember from my childhood meeting her granddaughter, whom they brought up and she lived in their house at Logie till her own death in 1990. Their granddaughter Catherine Lees Dutch and the above are buried at an old cemetery at Logie by Montrose.

John Milne
Hi, Mary Dutch was the first wife of My Great Grandfather, John Milne. Mary's parents were Thomas Dutch and Catherine Lees.

Dr William Grant Dutch
My family the Dutch's of Montrose were known arond this town for many generations. There may be a connection with the Dutch engineers working in the area during the 17th C and with the seafaring links to Holland and the Baltic. However the principal probability is the connection to to the weaving and textile industries......some near Logie by Montrose. A number of my family were also involved with the Church of Scotland. I know of several Dutch families in the London area..with no known affinity to my own.

Jacqui Lewis
I think we may be related. My grandfather, James Dutch, was an ironmonger in Montrose and his wife's family were mill workers in Logie Pert. I am coming up to Montrose next month with my sister to trace our Dutch and Duncan family histories.

Fiona
I think your Grandfather, if he was James Lees Dutch was son of Mary and John Dutch, which would be my great great grandfathers brother.

John Milne
Hi, Mary Dutch was the first wife of My Great Grandfather, John Milne. Mary's parents were Thomas Dutch and Catherine Lees.