Gaudion family page
Fanny Gaudion, born in Jersey in 1826, with her husband Matthew Gallienne
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Origins of surname
This name is very common in France, but surprisingly we can find no indication of its origins or the derivation of the word. We believe that it is probably not a variation of the even more common Gaudin, which is believed to derive ultimately from the German personal name 'Waldo'.
The family probably came to Jersey from Morbihan in south Brittany, but records of the name are found in many areas of France.
Whereas our database contains over 700 birth and baptism records for Gaudin, dating back to the 16th century, there are only 38 for Gaudion, starting with the ten children of Jean and Margaret Le Cocq, baptised in St Helier in the 1820s, '30s and '40s
There was another Gaudion couple having children in St Helier at the same time - Nicolas and Eliza Le Dain. The French website Geneanet has a tree which shows Marie Gaudion born in Jersey in 1745 and having 16 children with Laurent Simon, but we have no record of this marriage, nor of the baptism of any of the children.
There are many Gaudions in Jersey burial registers who do not fit into the tree below, suggesting that there was at least one family present before Jean and Margaret Le Cocq. There were certainy Gaudions present in the 18th century.
- Le Gaudion, French variant
- Legaudion, French variant
- Gaudin, much more common in Jersey but apparently a distinct family
- Gaudoin, a possible variation found in France
Births and baptisms
Great War service
Sons of John Arthur Gaudion and Marie Francoise, nee Jeannou
- Charles William Gaudion (1896-1915) (St H) Rifleman, Rifle Brigade, killed in action
- John Arthur Gaudion (1893-1917), Private, Canadian Infantry, died of wounds
- Walter James Gaudion (1894- )(St H), Sergeant, Dorsetshire Regiment, wounded
This will created by a member of the Gaudion 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
- John Gaudion, 24 Esplanade, St Helier - 3 March 1936, D/Y/A/98
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