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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

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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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Canivet : Alfred Charles , of 2, Somerton Villas, Green Road, St Clement - 23/May/1975 , 23/May/1975 , D/Y/B1/223/12
  • Canivet : Anne , widow of Matthieu de Gruchy of St Helier 03/02/1784 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 - Unknown date , 25/Nov/1785 , D/Y/A/13/130
  • Canivet : Charles Alfred , of Cramborne Lodge, Byron Lane, St Helier - 07/Nov/1979 , 07/Nov/1979 , D/Y/B1/309/4
  • Canivet : Jean , of Grouville 30/09/1805 Bequeaths to the poor of Grouville, £9 of French currency - Unknown date , 25/Jan/1806 , D/Y/A/17/2
  • Canivet : Jean , son of Jean of St Lawrence 08/05/1779 Bequeaths to the poor of St Lawrence, £10 tournois of the order of the King - Unknown date , 20/Jun/1789 , D/Y/A/14/92
  • Canivet : Nicolas , ... - 04/Feb/1706 , 13/Feb/1706 , D/Y/A/3/82


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