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Alberta Gaudin

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Wash day for the Gaudin family

Origin of Surname

This name is thought to derive from an early French personal name Gaudin, which itself originated with the Germanic Waldin, a diminuative of Waldo. Alternatively it might come from the Germanic Godino, which translates as "son of God".

A completely different French derivation is said to be from the early French gaudere (to rejoice)

Early records

Philip Guodin was a witness at the Somerset Assize Court, Taunton, during the reign of King Edward 1 in 1208.

There are suggestions that the spelling Gaudin is of Huguenot origin, but it was known in Jersey several centuries before Huguenot refugees arrived in the island.

It is a common name in Normandy and there is a record of Reginaldi Gaudin at Lisieux in 1321.

Philip Gaudin was born in St Martin about 1540 (see tree below) where by far the greatest number of the early Gaudins were born/baptised. In subsequent generations Gaudins spread to Canada and New Zealand as well as to other countries.


  • Godin
  • Goddin
  • Godden
  • Gooden
  • Guiden
  • Goodoune
  • Godain
  • Guedon
  • Guodin

Family records


Family trees

There is considerable overlap between the two trees above, but because each contains information which is not in the other, and they are from different sources, both have been included here. The second tree had a substantial number of glaring errors in the spelling of Jersey names, which have mostly been corrected. The much shorter tree below appears to fit into the others, but there are significant differences. It has been included with the warning that some of the names of wives may be incorrect

The tree below is an extension of Descendants of Philip Gaudin (1540)-2

The following tree is a further variation on the trees above. It should be viewed in conjunction with the notes on the early Gaudins below.


Church records


Family histories


Great War service


Family wills

Prominent family members

Family album

A four generation portrait of a Gaudin family. On the left is Martha Tarr, who was born in 1823 in Cornwall and lived to 94. She married Jersey sea captain William Charles Gaudin. Martha’s daughter, Martha Mary Gaudin (1853-1940) is on the right. She married a distant cousin, John Francis Gaudin, and so retained the Gaudin name. Her daughter Texina Beech Gaudin (1882-1960) is at the back. 'Texie' married Guernsey newspaper editor Ted Davis. Her son, Norman Davis (1907-1961), is at the front. He served in World War Two as a British Navy Commander. This photo was taken in about 1910 in Guernsey

Family businesses

William Valpy Gaudin's King Street business in 1910

Family gravestones

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