Questa famiglia, detta anche del Duce e del Duca, fu originata da Teodoro Duce della repubblica napolitana. Ha goduto nobiltà nelle Città di Napoli al seggio di Nido, Lecce, Amalfi, Matera, Stilo e Tropea. Sorgono monumenti di essa in Napoli nelle Chiese di S.Domenico, Donna Romita, S.Silvestro, S. Pietro Martire e del Carmine. In Amalfi nella Chiesa Maggiore ed in quella dei Quaranta Santi. Possedette 36 Baronie e il Ducato di Custrofiano nel 1700. Tra i personaggi più illustri ricordiamo Bartolomeo che seguì in Toscana Gualtiero di Brenna. Marino ebbe il cingolo militare da re Carlo I d’Angiò. Bartolomeo fu presidente della regia Camera della Sommaria – Prestò danari a re Ladislao, e fu suo segretario. Fu Commissario nelle Provincie di Capitanata, Bari e Basilicata, e Luogotenente del Gran Camerario. Carluccio fu Maresciallo del regno e Consigliere del re nel 1419. Lettina del D. fu tra le Dame che re Ferdinando I d’Aragona mandò in compagnia di sua nipote Isabella d’Aragona maritata a Giov. Galeazzo Sforza Duca di Milano. Alfonso del D. duca di Cutrosiano, fu uno di quei Cavalieri napolitani che nel 1638 fondarono il Monte Grande dei Maritaggi. Giovanni Del D. fu Giudice di Vicaria nel 1658.. Riguardo a questo cognome abbiamo ritrovato ulteriori informazioni storiche in altri archivi. Purtroppo in lingua originale Inglese. : This Last Name of DUCE was of French origin, primarily rendered in the Latin form of DULCIS. It was of two-fold origin meaning ‘one who was sweet and pleasant’. This was also in occasional use as a female given name in the Middle Ages. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The earliest French hereditary last names are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a Last Name might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French last names have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can frequently be detected. The first known bearer of the name was Ulf Dust, who was recorded in Oxford in 1030, and Walter Dust appears in County Yorkshire in 1203. Thomas Dustiberd was documented in 1229 in County Somerset, and Robert le Doust appears in 1316 in County Kent. Richard del Doustes was documented in 1332 in County Lancashire. A certain William Douche, is recorded in 1349 in a document of Merton’s College, Oxford, as one of ‘the boyes that were of the founder’s kin’. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of last names, becoming hereditary in the same way. Later instances of the name include John Doust and Ann Smith who were married at St. George’s, Hanover Square, London in the year 1758, and Simon Peirce and Sarah Douce were wed at the same church in 1761…. Noble title: Conti Coat of arms: D’argento al leone armato e coronato d’oro…
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