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This is one of the earliest and longest lasting of Jersey surnames. Members of the family present in Jersey today can probably trace their ancestry back in the island to the 16th century, or earlier. Despite the suggestion of 19th century historian J Bertrand Payne that the name originated in England, it is perhaps more likely that it came to Jersey from France with the alternative spelling of Ami, meaning friend.


John Amy and Jane Le Ruez and their children

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Louisa Margaret Amy

Origin of Surname

The name comes from the French ami, meaning 'friend'.

Early records

The earliest recorded holders of the name in Jersey are Johan or Jean Amy, a defender of Mont Orgueil Castle in 1338, and Jean Amy, living in 1402, whose family descendancy is shown below. The name is recorded 29 years earlier in the Assize Roll of 1309. Three Amys are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

Although Payne's Armorial (see below) suggests that the Jersey family is of English origin, the name is probably derived from the French 'ami', meaning friend.


From Payne's Armorial of Jersey

This family has undoubtedly an English origin, but has been established in Jersey from a very remote period.

During the middle ages several of its members were ecclesiastics, one of whom, then Rector of Grouville, returning from a voyage to France, was in imminent danger of being drowned, and, in compliance with the custom of the day, vowed an addition to his parish church, should Providence permit him to land in safety. This vow he lived to fulfil, and erected in pursuance of it the North chapel or aisle of that edifice, dedicated to St Margaret.

Raulin Amy, another priest of the same family, is better known by his will, still in existence, and quoted in one or more of the Histories of Jersey.

In a curious roll of the militia, compiled in 1617, Francis Amy is mentioned as Captain of the Train-Band of the parish of Grouville.

[Some of Payne's assertions and family relationships have subsequently been challenged and the Amy family of Grouville history is believed to be more accurate - Editor]

Arms : Or, on a chief embattled, sable, three mullets argent. Crest : Out of a ducal coronet a peacock's head, proper, holding a sprig, vert. Motto : Hostis honori invidia.


  • Ami
  • Amy
  • L'Amy Although this family probably has a common root, it has developed separately and is not considered as a variant

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Amelia Jane Amy (1865-1951), daughter of Francis George and Esther, with her second husband Christopher Valentine Connor (1866-1951) and three of their children. The couple had seven children in total, and Amelia Jane had another by her first husband, Edward James Male, who died at the age of 23 in 1887, two years after they married
Ministers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including Philippe Amy (third from left, seated). The picture was taken by Asplett and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, P Le Gresley, Thomas J Desprès, P Norman, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, Philippe Amy, (3rd from left seated) G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, E de Carteret, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu.

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