De Carteret

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This family, which originated on the nearby coast of Normandy, was undeniably the most important in Jersey over many centuries


Lucy de Carteret (1894- ) St Peter, daughter of George William and Lydia, nee Renouf, of Vale Farm, St Peter. She started nursing in 1917, four years after this photograph was taken, and served as a Red Cross nurse in England for the remainder of the Great War. In 1937 she married Jerseyman James Renouf Venement in Vancouver, Canada. She was 43 and he was 80. It was his second marriage.

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de Carteret of Vinchelez de Bas

Origin of Surname

The name originates from the town of Carteret on the west coast of Normandy's Cotentin peninsular, but how the town came to have this name is less certain. It appears to originate from the same pre-10th century Old French root as the surname 'de Chatelet', meaning 'one who lives by the fort', or from a place of the same or similar spelling.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import by William Arthur, published in New York in 1857, suggests that it is of Gaelic and Welsh origin and means the place or town of the castle.

Another researcher also suggests that name meant the dweller at the castle or fortified place, but adds that it was used as an occupational name for a carter, a transporter of goods, originally rendered in the Latin form carrum.

The name does not feature among the most numerous surnames in modern day Normandy.

Early records

The family was well established as one of the most important land owners in the Cotentin peninsular by 1000 AD and it moved to Jersey in the late 11th Century, and built St Ouen's Manor, from which their influence rapidly spread out across the whole island. They were to become by far its most important family for centuries and brought fame and infamy to Jersey the British Isles, Europe and eventually America.

It was Sir Renaud de Carteret (b 1065 in Carteret), the first of several Seigneurs of St Ouen to have that Christian name, who is credited with taking the parish of Saint Ouen by sword and building the manor.

His line can be traced back to his great-grandfather, Guillaume l'Oiseleur de Carteret, who was born in Carteret around 960.

The name appears in the Extente of 1274 and two de Carterets are listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.


Family histories


Société Jersiaise Library records

Accuracy of information

We have been aware since they were posted that some of the information in the family trees below disagrees with information on the de Carteret family's Cercle de Carteret website. Our trees have been thoroughly researched over a long period by de Carteret descendants around the world and are believed to be as accurate as any family information stretching back over such a long period can be. We would ask anyone who believes any of the information in our descendancies to be inaccurate to leave a note with the details, on the discussion section of the page in question, so that any discrepancies can be investigated further. We have already updated some of the trees following the receipt of reliable information and are always happy to do so.

Further updates have been made during 2016, particularly in regard to the Vinchelez de Haut and Trinity branches. We continue to add and correct dates as and when time is available to research the 500-plus baptisms in the Jersey church registers.

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Important marriages

It is the marriages between members of the de Carteret family and immigrants to Jersey from important families in Medieval Britain, that allows many islanders to trace their ancestry out of Jersey.


  • Carteray
  • Charteray
  • Carteres
  • Cartred
  • Katereck
  • Karteret
  • Quarteret
  • Malet de Carteret, a surname assumed by Malet descendants of the de Carterets of St Ouen's Manor
de Carteret tomb

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St Ouen's Church plaque commemorating Midshipman Philip de Carteret, killed at the Battle of Jutland in World War One

Great War service


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Burial records

Emigrant to Canada

Family homes

Family album

Ministers and lay preachers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including E de Carteret. The picture was taken by Asplet and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, Philippe Amy, P Le Gresley, Thomas J Desprès, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Garnier, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, P Norman, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu

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