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Tuckett Coat of Arms / Tuckett Family Crest

Tuckett Coat of Arms / Tuckett Family Crest

This French surname of TUCKETT was a topographic name for someone who lived by a grove or thicket. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Old French TOUCHE. The name has many variant spellings which include LATOUCHE, LETOUCHE, TOUCHET and TOUCHON. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. Early records of the name in England mention Gilbert TOWCHIN, who was documented in the year 1275 in County Lancashire and Alicia la TOUCHE was recorded in County Surrey in the year of 1275. Nicholas le TOUCHE was recorded in Kent in 1275. Edward TOCHET of Yorkshhire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but most of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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