De la Taste

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The 1742 St Helier record of the baptism of Rachel de La Taste

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Origin of surname

It is suggested that this surname is derived from an early French form of tete (head) and was applied to someone with a big head, either literally or figuratively.

Early records

The de la Taste family arrived in Jersey in the mid-18th century in the shape of Jean, who was married to Marie Susanne Sauze at St Helier's Parish Church on 17 March 1736. Payne's Armorial of Jersey says that Jean was one of the final wave of Huguenot refugees who fled their homeland in the 1720s after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. However, he was not born until 1707, over 20 years after the Revocation, and no other member of his family fled France, so it appears that Payne may have been wrong and that Jean left his home at Saintes, near Bordeaux, for different reasons. Payne says that he settled first in Spain but finally moved to Jersey, where he married in 1736. Payne and a French online family tree give his wife's name as 'Souzé', but it appears in Jersey Church records as 'Sauzé'. Jean's father was also Jean, and it appears that he visited Jersey to be a godparent at the baptism of his first grandchild. Jean's parents, siblings and extended family continued to live in the Saintonge area of France. Almost all those members of the family born in Jersey are shown in the tree below, which has been newly expanded to show much more of the French family.

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Great War service


  • Herbert Colin de La Taste (1899- ) (St H) son of Herbert Gerald and Katherine De Salis, OV, 2nd-Lieutenant, Sherwood Foresters
  • John Mellish de La Taste (1875- ) (St H) son of John James and Elvina, OV, Captain RE


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