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Coutanche family page


Esther Coutanche (1853-1940) who marred Albert Oldridge (1849-1913), with their daughters May Elizabeth, Esther Fanny and Edith Esther

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Origin of Surname

The name is derived from the town of Coutances on the Cotentin peninsular of Lower Normandy. The spires of Coutances Cathedral can be seen from Jersey's east coast.

Early records

The family is a relatively latecomer to Jersey, not being found in the 14th Century Assize Rolls and Extentes but first surfacing in the Extente of 1528. The Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550 contains two Coutanches.

Jeanne Coutanche, who married Julien Vibert, was born in Jersey in about 1550.


  • Coutanche
  • Coutanches
  • Coutances
  • Coustances

Family records




Family trees

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Occupation records


Family wills

Related placenames

  • Rue Coutanche, Trinity

Family homes

Family businesses

Family album

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And a card sent to another Miss Coutanche in 1907. Normally the address and date would be sufficient to identify the recipient, but at the time there were three Miss Coutanches living at Clarence House. They were Virginia (1878- ), Eliza Mary (1881- ) and Annie (1883- ) and they were living with their unmarried brother John George (1867- ) and mother Eliza. Eliza was Eliza Boomer, the second wife of John Coutanche (1840- ). He was the son of builder Jean Coutanche and Nancy Cabot, and he became a baker. He married Mary Jane Boomer, sister of George, the first headmaster of La Moye School and founder of La Moye Golf Club, in 1866. John George was born the following year and Mary Jane died in 1869. Widowed John married again in 1871 to Mary Jane's younger sister Eliza, who was the mother of the three sisters. As far as we know none of the three ever married. John George carried on his father's business, working as a baker


Family gravestones

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