Updated: Jan 8, 2021
ORIGIN: The surname BOUCHER is a name that evolved during the medieval era in the French region of Champagne. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a butcher. Originally the name Boucher was derived from the Old French word "bochier," which translates to "butcher."
ANCIENT HISTORY: The Gaulish province of Poitou is believed to be the origin of the French surname Boucher. The Romans occupied northern Europe about 50 B.C. The region was conquered by the Visigoths in the 5th century. The Franks overran the area in 507 and it was included in the duchy of Aquitaine in the 8th century. In the 8th century Charlemagne gave the kingdom of Aquitaine to his son Louis le Pieux. From 848 to 855 it was ruled by Charles le Chauve. Charles l'enfant was ruler from 855 to 867. It was elevated to a Duchy. It returned to the house of Aquitaine in the 10th century and was established under the house of Poitou at its capital in Poitiers. It is first Bishop was of St. Hilaire which became one of the religious places of Gaule. The family name Boucher was first found in the town of Chaumont in the department of Haute-Marne in the north-east of France.  The name is sometimes seen as Leboucher in the north-west parts of France. Other variations of the name also depend on the region of France where the name is found. Some other variations of the name include, Bouchier, Bouchez (north), Bouchey (east), and Bouquier (south).