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Origins of surname

English is a very old English surname, and originally served to distinguish an Angle from a Saxon.

There are two very distinct families with the name associated with Jersey. The first were originally immigrants from England, who had the name before they arrived in the island.

The second are not found in Jersey, ancestors of those bearing the surname Langlois, which was probably first given to English people who moved to France after the Norman Conquest, changed their name to English on arrival in America.

Early records

The names England and English arrived in Jersey in the first half of the 19th century. England has always been much more numerous than English.


  • English
  • England, same origins, separate family
  • Langlois (the same meaning in French but a distinct family in Jersey

Family records


Church records


Family trees


Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Albert English (Gsy), Jersey father, ex-RMIJ, RN


Occupation records


Family wills

This will created by a member of the English 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Christopher English of the town and port of Sandwich, co Kent, sadler and licensed victualler 10 March 1834 - D/Y/A/23
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