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Canivet family page


Elizabeth Esther Canivet and her husband Josias Young, who emigrated to Utah

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Origin of surname

The name is ancient French, specifically Norman, in origin and is derived from canivet, quenivet, the name of a cutler or the users of knives such as barbers and surgeons. The name is still found throughout Normandy today.

Early records

The name first appears in Jersey records in the mid 16th century, in St Saviour and then Grouville. It is still present in Jersey today. The three trees below appear to be distinct family lines, but it is not known whether they have a common ancestor in Jersey or derive from separate immigrants.


  • Canivet
  • Cannivet

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Family histories and biographies


Great War service

  • Ernest Higgins Canivet (1888- ) (St B) son of Philip Thomas and Mary Ann Higgins, Private, Royal Field Artillery


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Canivet family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Anne Canivet, widow of Matthieu de Gruchy of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 tournois of the order of the King, to Elie Canivet, her brother, her capital in money, placed stocks in England 25 November 1785 - D/Y/A/13
  • Jean Canivet of Grouville, bequeaths to the poor of Grouville, £9 of French currency 25 January 1806 - D/Y/A/17
  • Jean Canivet, son of Jean of St Lawrence, bequeaths to the poor of St Lawrence, £10 tournois of the order of the King 20 June 1789 - D/Y/A/14
  • Jean Cannivet of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 tournois of the order of the King 8 May 1798 - D/Y/A/15
  • Nicolas Canivet 13 February 1706 - D/Y/A/3

Family gravestones

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