De La Rue

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Alice Ann de La Rue (1855-1930) who married Francis Lesbirel in Jersey

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Origin of Surname

Its meaning is literally of the road, which according to Balleine could mean simply that the family lived near a road, at a time when roads were not as plentiful as they are now.

De Rue is believed to have a different derivation, and is essentially a Jersey name, whereas de La Rue is more common in Guernsey. We show the two families separately.

Early records

The surname De La Rue can be traced back in the Channel Islands to the 12th century in a letter in which Richard De La Rue, son of William is named as a holder of land in Fief Le Comte in the parish of Castel, Guernsey[1].

The name can also be found in the Extente of 1274, and there are two people of this name mentioned in the Assize Roll of 1309: Ralph De La Rue of Torteval, and Peter De La Rue junior of St Saviours, Guernsey who was convicted of digging a hole in the King's Highway.

The most notable Guernseyman to bear this surname was Thomas De La Rue, the printer who founded the international company that bears his name.

The family is also found in Jersey from the 19th century onwards.


  • De La Rue
  • Delarue
  • de Rue, a separate family largely found in Jersey

Family records


Family trees


Church records


Family wills

This will created by a member of the de La Rue family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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

  • Rachel de La Rue 26 January 1857 - D/Y/A/29

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DNA Study

DNA Tests carried out on a member of the Guernsey De La Rue family as part of the BBC's documentary Blood of the Vikings in 2001, showed that at least one branch of this Guernsey family contains Viking DNA commonly found in Norway.[3]


  1. Priaulx, TF, Le Bourg, Forest, RGS, 1956
  2. Warren De La Rue (Wikipedia)
  3. Keith De La Rue's Genealogy page retrieved 25 Feb 2012


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