Jersey place names

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Introduction

The following list includes more than just names of localities found in Jersey, and their meanings. The list also includes popular names of houses, as well as details for various housing estates constructed over the past 30 years and named after past members of the States of Jersey. The list of nearly 900 names also includes a few typical descriptive words found within property title deeds, that describe various parts of a building or site. See also Jersey placenames

A

à - To, in, into, upon, with, at, by

L'Abbé - Abbey, abbot

Abreuvoir - Watering place for animals, drinking trough

L'Abri - Shelter, refuge

Aile - Wing

L'Aiguillon - Needle

L'Air du Temps - Weathervane

Aire - Area

Aix - Waters

Albert (Pier, Street) - Named after Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria (1840-1861)

L'Aleval - Downward slope

L'Allée - Driveway, house drive, garden path

Allemand - German

Alleurs - From feudal days, land held independently by a person without having to render predial services

Alma - After the English victory at Battle of Alma in 1854

Almorah (Crescent) - Town in the Himalayas, Northern India. Crescent named by the speculative builder of Almorah Crescent, Charles la Cloche Ricard, in 1844 for his wife who had been the first English child to be born in Almorah, India. At one time Mr Ricard owned most of the Rouge Bouillon area.

(Clos St) André - After the local district church of St Andrew

Ânes - Donkeys

Angle - Corner

Anley (Street) - Family surname of Thomas Anley - Connétable St Helier (1803-1806)

Ann (Street) - Daughter of Clement Hemery - land owner and property developer in the early 1800s

Anne Port - Derived from the Fief of Anneville, located adjacent to the West of the Bay

Apentis - A lean-to

Apsley (Road) - Family surname of Apsley

Aquila (Road) - Was formerly known as Sligo Street. Aquila is a mountainous region in central Italy. Aquila is also a Roman military standard or genus of birds including eagles

Arbre - Tree

Arbuste - Shrub

Les Arches - House with arched doorways

Archirondel - Rounded rock; or Rondel's rock

L'Arsenal - Arsenal

Asplet - Family surname of Asplet

L'Assiette - Halt, site on which stands a house

Atelier - Workshop

L'Atlantique - Atlantic ocean

au - At the, into the, to the

L'Auberge - Inn

(St) Aubin - St Aubin, Bishop of Angers in France (470-550 AD), patron saint for protection from attack by pirates

Aubin (Lane) - Aubin Lane, St Saviour, believed to be named after Abraham Aubin, Connétable of St Saviour (1801-1807)

Les Aumonts - Place in province of Picardy and a French surname

Ava - Downhill

D'ava - Lower-lying land, below; from the South

Aval - Downhill

D'aval - Lower-lying land, below; from the South

(Clos d')Avoine - Oats

Avranches - Commune of Normandy

d'Azette - Place of rest

B

Baal (La Rue Baal & Keith Baal Gardens) - Keith Baal - Connétable of St Helier (1968-1973)

Badier - Family surname first noted in 1607

Bagot - Norman family of Bagot (greatest Nobles of Normandy)

Baie - Bay

Bailli - Bailiff

(Mare) Balaam - A corrupt form of Balen or Balan corrupted again into Balleine about 1500

Balleine - Family surname. French for whale or from village of La Baleine, south of Coutances

Banc - Bank

Banque - A cliff that is not as rugged as a 'falaise', or a beach

Bannelais - Organic road sweepings used for compost

Barre - Reef

Les Barres - Post and rail fencing

Barrière - Gate

Bartlett - Mary Bartlett, benefactor in 1741 of the General Hospital funding and other pieces of land

Le Bas - Lower

Bataille - Battle, fight

Bath (Street) - After the Public baths that used to be situated on the corner of Phillips Street, which were opened on the 7th August 1826. Formerly, Bath Street was part of La Rue de la Commune.

Bau - Beam

La Baule - A commune in the Loiret department in north-central France

Beau - Beautiful, fine

Beaulieu - Beautiful place

Beaumont - Beautiful hill

Beauport - Beautiful haven

Beau Rivage - Beautiful shore

Beau Séjour - Beautiful abode, home

Beau Vallon - Beautiful small valley

Beauvoir - Beautiful view

Bec - Stream

Becq - Stream; also a point, a nose

Becquet - Brook or small piece of land

Le Becquet-ès-Chats - The evil one held his sabbath there on Friday evenings surrounded by black cats

Becquet Vincent - Small piece of land belonging to the Vincent family

La Becquetterie - The Becquet family home

Bel - Farmyard, courtyard, yard. In some cases 'belle', meaning good, has been shortened to 'bel'

Belcroute - Good croft. Formerly known as 'Belle Croute'

Belle - Beautiful, good

Belle Étoile - Beautiful star

Belle Vue - Beautiful view

Bellozanne - From the 'Abbey of Bellozanne' in Normandy

Belmont (Road) - Fine hill, or possibly after the English victory at the Battles of Belmont and Graspan, South Africa in 1899

Bel Royal - Royal ordnance yard

Belval - Good cove, creek

Belvedere - Panoramic viewpoint, photo spot

Benefice - Advantage, benefit

Benest - Family surname of Benest or Benedict

Ber - Rock

Beresford - Last Governor of Jersey, Right Honorable William Carr Beresford (1821-1854)

Berg - Rock

Bergerie - Sheep pen

(Croix) Besnard - Family surname of Bernard

Betchet - Patch

Bète - Bait

La Biarderie - The Biard family home

(La Hougue) Bie - From the family surname of Hambye

Bié - Brook or Leat

Bié de Moulin - Mill leat, supplying water to a watermill

Bihan - Small, little

La Billotterie - The Billot family home

Le Binaut - Haycock

(Mount) Bingham - Former Lieutenant Governor, Sir Francis Richard Bingham (1924-1929)

Bis - Winter wind

Blanc - White

Le Blanc Moulin - The White Mill

Blanche - White

Blanche Pierre - White stone

Les Blanches Banques - White banks

(La Rue au) Blancq - White

Blenheim (Avenue) - After the English victory at the Battle of Blenheim, on the Danube, southern Germany in 1704

La Blinerie - Homestead of the Blin family

Le Bocage - Enclosed farmland, grove, copse

Boeuf - Beef, ox, steer

Le Bois - Wood

Boiserie - Woodland

Bon Air - Good air

Bond (Street) - Because the merchants' houses had cellars, in which bonded stores were held

Bonita - Beautiful

Bonne Nuit - Good night

Bordant - Borders with

Bornage - Boundary

Borne - Boundary stone (previously established)

Boscobel - Place where King Charles II was in hiding in 1651

Bosquet - Copse or grove

La Botellerie - The Le Boutillier family home

Bouais - Trees

Bouillon - Bubbling springs

Bouilly (Port) - On the boil, as in a rough sea

Bouley (Bay) - Birch trees

Boulivot - Farm creek, bay

La Bourdonnerie - The Bourdon family (extinct) home

Bourne - Stream

Le Bourg - Homesteads grouped together, borough

Bout - End

Boutique - Shop

Bouvée - Five acres

Boyne (Terrace) - Maiden name of wife, Susanah Mary Boyne, of builder of the terrace, Thomas Sohier

Le Braye - Passage or channel between rock. Can also mean broad and clay

Brecquette - Area covered with seaweed

Brée - Family surname of Brée (a Breton)

St Brelade - St Branwalader - a Saint of the 6th Century from Cornwall

Le Breton (Lane) - After Thomas and Francis Le Breton, brothers, land owners and property developers in the 1800s

Brig-y-Don - Crest of the wave

Brouillard - Fog

Brûlé - Burnt

Brûlée - Burnt, woodland on which timber has been burned

Bryn-y-Mor - The hill by the sea

Buis - Box tree / wood or chain, twist

Buisson - Bush

Buron - Small hut

Burrard (Street) - After General Sir Harry Burrard, successor to the Duke of Wellington, who obliged developers he sold land to, to establish a new road to link New Street to Duhamel Place

Butte - Mound, ridge, arsenal

Les Buttes - Where archery was practised

Byron (Road and Lane) - Named after Lord George Byron (1788-1824)

C

Cabane - Cottage

Cabarette - Tavern

Cache - Drive

Cache Sablons - Passage to the beach

Les Cambrette (Le Marais, St Clement) - After the rock formation in Greve d'Azette Bay

La Campagne - Country, countryside

Camps - Camp, fields

Canné - Canal/small stream

Canne - Flagon, pitcher, can or cane, stick

La Cannevière - Hemp field from Jerriais cannevi

Les Canons - Guns

(Mont) Cantel - Tilted, or possibly after an old Jersey surname

Cap - Cape, headland

Cap Verde - Named after a ship, in turn named after the Cap Verde Islands off West coast of Africa. Also translates as 'green headland'

Capel - Chapel

Carre - Edge, square, corner, patch, plot of land

Les Carreaux - Tiles

(La Tour)Carrée - Square

Carrefour - Crossroads

Carrefour à Cendres - Mispronunciation of Carrefour Alexandre

Carrel - Gates

La Carrellerie - The Carrell family home

La Carrière - Quarry

Cârriéthe - Quarry

Casa Mia - My home

Castel - Fort, castle

Le Câtel - Earthworks, especially promontory forts from Iron Age and Medieval times

Cats - Cats

Cattle (Street) - Road led to the former Cattle Market in Minden Place

La Cauminne - Thatched cottage

Causie (Lane) - Causeway, path/road across a marsh

Cave - Cave

Celier - Cellar

Cemetière - Cemetery, graveyard, churchyard

Cendres - Cinders or abbreviated form of Alexandre

Cerf - Stag

Chaise du Diable - Chair of the devil

Champ - Field, ploughed field, open ground

Chantier - Work site

Chardon - Thistle

Chardonnerie - Place of thistles

Chardonnière - Place of thistles

Charing Cross - After Charing Cross in London, thought to have been erected in 1290 by King Edward I in memory of Queen Eleanor

Charles (Street) - Son of Clement Hemery - land owner and property developer in 1800s

Charrière - Cart track, path, route

La Chasse - Driveway, house drive, path for cattle, garden path

Châtaignier - Chestnut

Le Châtelet - Little castle or fort

Château - Castle, fort

Chateaubriand - Named after a cousin of the great writer, once a refugee in St Martin

Chaumière - Thatched cottage

Chaussée - Roadway, causeway

Cheapside - After a London thoroughfare

Le Chemin - Path, way, route to

Chemin de Fer - Railroad

Chemin des Corps - Road used for carrying corpses to church

Chemin des Morts - The road of the dead (always ends at a church)

Cheminée - Chimney

Chemin Particulier - Private roadway

Chemin Vacinal - By-road

Les Chênes - Oaks

Les Chenolles - Windlass, hence twists and turns in the road

Chesnaie - Oak grove

Chevalier (Road) - Horseman, stableman. Can also mean knight, sir

Chèvre - Goat

Chez - Home, at, amongst, in, with, to, among

Choppe - Shop

Chouques - Logs

La Chouquetterie - From the name of Chouquet, Huguenot refugees

Cime - Summit, top of a hill

Cimitière - Cemetery, graveyard, churchyard

Les Cinq Chênes - Five Oaks

Clairval - Clear vale

Clairvale (Road) - Clear vale

Clare (Street) - Formerly called 'Sligo Street'. Named such, in connection with all the Irish workers living in the area

Claremont (Road) - Possibly means clear hill

Clarence (Road) - After the Duke of Clarence - later William IV (1765-1837)

Clarendon (Road) - After the Hon Thomas Villiers, 2nd son of the 2nd Earl Jersey, who was created Earl of Clarendon in 1776

Les Cloches - The church bells

Clos - Enclosed field

Clos des Pauvres - Field for the poor (rental income went to the poor)

Clôture - Enclosure, wire fencing

(Mont) Cochon - After the family surname of Cochon, and not pigs

Cochons - Pigsties, pigs

Le Cocq - Family surname of Le Cocq (the cock)

La Cocogne - A fabulous animal which children were told inhabited the bottom of wells and would eat them if they went too close

Coeur - Heart

Cohue - Courthouse

La Coie - Quiet place

Le Coin - District, corner; also historically high land between two valleys. Found mainly in St Lawrence as Coin Motier, Coin Tourgis, Coin Hâtain, Coin Varin, but also in St Ouen and elsewhere

Col - Neck of land

Coleron - A battery erected on a narrow neck of land at St Brelade

La Collette - Diminutive of 'Col', meaning neck of land

La Colline - Hill

La Colomberie - Dovecote and its environs

Colombier - Dovecote and its environs

Columbus (Street) - After the world famous explorer Christopher Columbus (1446-1506)

Commercial (Buildings and Street) - After the commercial properties built at the end of 1700s

Commune - Common

Conet - Cornet

Congres - Conger eels

La Continnerie - The Le Conte family home

Contre - Against

Contrebanque - Retaining bank

Contrefort - Buttress

Conway (Street) - Former Governor, Field Marshall Henry Seymour Conway (1772-1795)

La Corbière - Place of corbeau, ravens, rooks, crows (birds of bad omen)

Corbîns - Ravens

La Cornetterie - The Cornet family home

La Cornuerie - The Le Cornu family home

Corps de Garde - Guardhouse

Le Corre - Hazel bush

Corvée - Chore, work done by tradition/custom, hard climb

Cosnet - Little field

Cot - Shelter, cottage

Côte - Coast, slope, hillside

Côtière - Façade, side

Côtil - Steep sloping field

La Cotte - Cave, cavern or hideout (as in a cave). Also sometimes refers to a pigsty

Couchette - A place where one sat in the open air to admire the view. Also means a sofa

La Coupe - Summit, top of a hill

Coupée - Escarpment on coast

Cour - Yard, seigneurial court

Couvent - Convent

Crabe - Crab

Crabbé - Narrow creek

La Crabière - Where crabs are found

Craig (Street) - From family surname of Craig

Cranne - Deep crevice

Craque au Varon - A man changed into a wolf

La Crête - Crest, peak

Les Creux - Hole in rock, hollow or tree

Crèvecoeur - Broken heart

La Croiserie - A wing at right angles to the main house

Sydney Crill Park - Sydney George Crill - Connétable St Clement (1916-1958)

Le Croc - Hook or crook, cape

Le Crocq - Hook or crook, cape

Crocquet - Small Cape

Croiserie - Crusade

La Croix - Cross. Croix ès Mottes, Croix Catelin, Croix au Maitre, Croix au Lion, Croix de la Bataille, Croix Marché, Croix des Bois and Croix Huard were all roadside crosses

Croix des Bois - Wooden cross

Cueillettes - Political sub-division within Parish of St Ouen only, in the other eleven Parishes the sub-divisions are called vingtaines

Cul - Bottom or narrow

Cyril Le Marquand House - States Member from 1948-1980 and President of the States Finance Committee from 1957-1980

D

Le Dain - Dane

Dale - Valley

Dallage - Paving, flagging

Dalle - Paving, flagstone

La Dame - Fairies

Dannemarche - Dane's boundary

Howard Davis (Farm, Hall, Park) - Son of local benefactor Thomas Benjamin Davis, who was killed in action during World War I

La Davisonnerie - The home of David Robertson

De - Of, to, from, by, with, than, at, out of, off

De La Salle - French Priest Saint Jean-Baptiste De La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers (1651-1719)

Demie - Half-tide rock

Demoiselle - Fairy/ghost

Des - From, of

Diable - Devil

Le Dicq - Excavated channel and the embankment thus created

Diélament - Family surname of (Guille) Hamon

Dolmen - Table (dol) of stone (men)

Don (Farm, Road, Street, Terrace) - Lieutenant Governor, General Sir George Don (1806-1814)

Don - Donated by. As in 'Don Gruchy'

Dongola (Road, Lodge) - After the Egyptian province that was recaptured by the British in 1896

Dos - Back, ridge

Doucerie - Sweet

Douceville - Sweet

Le Douet - Brook/stream or basin with an intake and small outlet channel

Douro - After the English victory at The Battle of The Douro, Oporto, northern Portugal in 1809

Douvre - Ditch, trench, corvée, forced labour, Dover

Du - Of the, from the

Dumaresq (Street) - Named after family surname of owner of land, Guillaume Dumaresq, the street was constructed upon in 1770

E

L'Eau - Water

Échelle - Ladder to beach

L'Écluse - Sluice gate or mill pond

L'École - School

Les Écrehous - Rocky islet

L'Écrivain - Lawyer and/or family surname of Scriven

L'Écurie - Stable

L'Église - Church

Élysée - A place of perfect delight

Emphrie - Female Christian name

d'Enfer - The way, gate down to the coast.

L'Épine - Hawthorn

......erie - Homestead of ...... (prefixed with family surname)

És - Are and water

L'Est - East

L'Étacq - Rock, stack, heap, pile (from old Norse 'Stakkr')

L'Étacquerel - Diminutive of L'Étacq - Rock, stack, heap, pile

Étang - Pond

L'Êtché - Reef

L'Êtoquet - A support used in masonry

Étranger - Stranger

L'Êveque - Bishop

.....ey - Island, as in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Orkney, etc

F

La Falaise - A rugged cliff, as opposed to a not so rugged cliff, which is referred to as a 'banque'

Faldouet - Swiftly flowing stream / cruel stream

(Mont) Fallu - Old Jersey family surname

(Saut) Falluet - Diminutive of old Jersey family surname of Fallu

Fant - Mud, as in Maufant

La Fantaisie - The fancy

Farley's (Lane) - Family surname of Farley

Fau - Beech tree

Fauvic - Creek, possibly belonging to Fauvel family

Faux Bié - False Mill leat, also possibly shaped like a scythe on plan

de Faye - By a beech

FB Fields - Florence Boot, wife of Jesse Boot (Lord and Lady Trent) benefactors of the land that the FB Fields at St Clement sits upon

(Mont) Félard - Old family surname of Félard

Fer - Iron

Ferme - Farm

Feu - Fief, fire and/or late, deceased

Filleul - Godson

Fiquet - Family surname of Ficquet

First Tower - Because it was the first of three towers heading out of town, and not because it was the first tower constructed

Fleur - River and flower

Flicquet - Place of limpets

Foe - Artificial mound, folly

La Folie - Folly, artificial mound

Fond - Bottom or far end of a garden

Fonds - Property/land

La Fontaine - Fountain or underground spring

La Forge - Blacksmith's forge

La Fosse - Ditch, pit, moat, quarry, cave, creek

Fossé - Embankment, bank, hedge

Fougère - Spot where bracken grows

Franc - Free

Franc Fief - Free fief, medieval fief exempted of feudal obligations

Francis (Street) - Major Francis Peirson, hero of the Battle of Jersey (1781)

La Frégate - Frigate, boat

Frémont - Cold hill

Fresne - Ash tree

Les Fricquettes - Waste fallow land, land cleared of trees for tillage, a tree sparrow or possibly from a family surname

La Frontière - Geographical border, Parish boundary

G

Gabé - A weathercock

Gabet - A weathercock

La Gabourellerie - The Gabourel family (extinct) home

(La Rue du) Galet - (The road to the) Shingle, pebbles

La Gallichanerie - The Gallichan family home

Les Galots - Pebbles

La Gare - Station, train station

La Garenne - Warren, at Trinity and St Brelade

Gargate (Mill) - From the Norse meaning 'Gaer's Road'. Also means 'Throat'.

The Garth - Enclosure

Gelette - Light frost

(La Rue des) Genêts - Jennet, donkey, broom (plant)

Geon - Gorse

Geonnais - Gorseland

Georgetown - After George Ingouville - land owner and property developer in 1800s, not after a King George

Le Geyt (Street) - Named so, because it passed the house of Matthew Le Geyt in 1794

Girouette - A weathercock

Glen - Narrow valley

Glen Lea - Woodland clearing in a narrow valley

Gloucester (Street) - Named after Duke of Gloucester in 1817

La Godillie - The Godel family home

Gois - Causeway

Goose Green Marsh - Brent Geese visit every Winter and feed in this marshy field

Gordon Le Breton Close - After Gordon Le Breton, former Connétable of St Saviour

Gorey - An eminence, rise of ground, a hill

Gosselin - Form of the surname Jocelyn

Gosset - The Gosset family held Bagot Manor (now Clos Gosset) also a form of the surname Jocelyn

Grainville - Surname, composed of Guérin or Garin and villa. Area named after the manor.

Grande - Large

La Grande Route - Main road created by General Don in 1800

Grands Vaux - Large vale

La Grange - Barn for indoor threshing and grain store

Grantez - After Robert de Grantez, juryman in Parish of St Ouen in 1331

Gras - Fat

Gras d'Eau - Surface of the water or wide ridge, or pertaining to grasdos (fish)

Grasett (Park) - Former Lieutenant Governor Sir Arthur Edward Grasett (1945-1953)

Grenier - Corn loft, attic

Grenville (Street) - After George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham (1753-1813)

Grès - Large, long; gravel

Grève - Seashore, bay, beach

Grève au Lanchon - Sand-eel bay (Plémont)

Grève au Lançon - Sand-eel bay (Plémont)

Grève d'Azette - Sandy resting place

Greve de Lecq - Sandy creek

Grille - Railing

Gros - Huge, enormous, deep

Gros Puits - Deep wells

Grosnez - Grey cape

Le Grouin - Promontory, cape like a snout

Les Grupieaux - Stony fields in Jèrriais

Guérande - Garenne, warren; small town in Loire-Atlantique, France. Means "White Land".

La Guerdainerie - The Guerdain family (extinct) home

Guet - Watchtower

La Guillaumerie - Guillaume's home

La Guillemetterie - Guillemette's home


H

La Hague - Hawthorn, land enclosed by hawthorn; La Hague in Normandy. This was the origin of the Scots surname 'Haig'.

Les Haguais - From hague, hawthorn

Haie - Hedge

Haie Fleurie - Flowering Hedge

Halkett (Place & Street) - Former Lieutenant Governor Sir Colin Halkett (1821-1830). Fought at Battle of Waterloo

Hambye - Old Jersey family surname of Hambye

(La Rue) Hamel - After Leonard Rene Hamel - Connétable St Clement (1983-1992)

Hamptonne - Old Jersey family surname of Hamptonne

Hamue - A hamlet

Hansford (Lane) - Family surname of Hansford

Harleston (Tower at Mont Orgueil) - Former Governor Sir Richard Harleston (1470-1483)

L'Harmonie - Harmony

Hâtain - Viking surname

Haut - Top, high

Hautbois - Wooden top

Haut de la Garenne - Top of the warren

Hautlieu - High place

Hautmont - Top of the mount

Le Havre - Harbour, haven

Havre des Pas - Harbour of the footprints

Hêche - Gate

Herbeuse - Grassy

Hérupe - District or rough terrain

Hilary (Street) - Formerly 'De Carteret Street'

Hilgrove (Street) - Former Lieutenant Governor St Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner (1814-1816)

Les Hinguettes (Le Marais, St C) - After 9 major rocks south of the Hermitage in St Aubin's Bay. Name of rocks thought to be derived from a surname.

.....Ho - Islet. As in Icho

Le Hocq - Cape, headland, spur of rock, mound

La Hocquarderie - The Hocquard family home

Hôgard - Open shed, stack-yard

Holme - Marsh

L'Hopital - Hospital. The house with this name at St Catherine was used as a hospital for the workmen constructing St Catherine Breakwater.

.....hou - Islet. As in Jethou, Lihou, Breqhou, Burhou, Les Ecrehous, etc

Houguette - A diminutive meaning mound

La Hougue - A mound, a site or something prehistoric

Les Houmets - Round/flat rocks

Howard Davis - Son of local benefactor Thomas B Davis, who was killed in action during World War I

Huchet - Holly; surname of Breton origin

Hucquet - Wicket gate, small door in a larger door

Hue (Street) - Old Jersey family surname of Hue, after 'road which passes house of Helier Hue in 1699'

Le Huquet - Wicket, little door in the back of a cart

Huis - Front door

Huquet - Wicket gate, small door in a larger door

Hurel - Stony, bare headland projecting into a valley

Huret - Stony land

Hurette - Stony land

Les Huriaux - Stony land

Hutte - Hut

I

Icho - Islet of iron bars or a witch's islet. 'Ho' means islet

Les Ifs - Yews

L'Île - Island

L'Îlet - Islet

Ingouville (Lane and Place) - George Ingouville - land owner and property developer in 1800s, who died in 1828. Bought land upon which the road was constructed in 1811. Land was called "Le Grand Pre de Rosel"

Inkerman - After the English victory at the Battle of the Inkerman, Crimea in the Ukraine, in 1854

Issues - Egress from farm premises onto a road. Water outlet or verge/land forming part of an access

J

Jambart (Lane) - Old Jersey family surname

Janvrin (Road) - Family surname of Janvrin. The last Jersey Janvrin died in 1981

Jardin - Garden

Jardin des Cures - Garden of the Parish priest/vicarage

Jardin d'Olivet - Garden of olives

Jardin Potager - Vegetable garden

Les Jardins de la Mer - The gardens by the sea

Jardon - Thistle

Journeaux (Street) - Old Jersey family surname

Jutize - Old Jersey family surname Justize

K

Kempt (Tower) - Sir James Kempt, Master General of Ordnance in Jersey 1830

Kensington (Place) - Formerly called 'George Street', after George Ingouville, formally changed in 1892 at Parish Assembly

Khartoum (Villas) - After capital of Sudan and Khartoum State, translates as "elephant's trunk"

King (Street) - Believed to be named after King George III

Kincaid - Scottish clan, derived from the parish of Campsie in Stirlingshire

L

La - The (feminine)

Labyrînthe - A maze

Lançon - Sand-eel

Lanchon - Sand-eel

Les Landes - High, waste land. Can also mean Moors

Langley (Avenue and Park) - From "Langley Farm", formerly situated near St Saviour's Church

Langlois - Surname - means Englishman

Laurens - Old Jersey family surname

Lauriers - Bay tree, laurels

Les Laveurs - Place for washing, or place washed by the sea

Lavoir - Place for washing clothes

Le - The (masculine)

Lea - Woodland clearing

Lech - Stones/rocks

Lecq - Stones/rocks or Creek (from Norse Language - Wik)

Lemprière (Street) - Old Jersey family surname. In 1800 Lempriere Street was an avenue leading to the Lempriere family house

Léoville - Village of Hiou or Hugh (as in Yeovil)

Les - The (plural)

Lewis (Street and Lane) - Named after 'Louis' Poignand, business partner of land owner and developer George Ingouville

Lewis (Tower) - Lieutenant Colonal George G Lewis, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Engineers (in Jersey 1831-1835)

Lieu - Place, space

Lieu de Stationnement - Parking space

Lisière de Terre - Strip of land

Loge - Gatehouse, park lodge, woodman's hut

Longeant - Bordering

Longue - Long

Lotissement - Housing estate, plot

L'uis - Front door

L'us - Front door

M

La Mabonnerie - The 'Mabon' family home. 'Mabon' is a Welsh surname

Maisière - Ruins of an old house

Maison - House, shelter, important house

Maisonette - Small house

Maitland - Family surname of Maitland

La Maîtrerie - The Le Mai(s)tre family home

Mal - Bad, ill as in Mal Assis

Mal Assis - Badly or ill sited

Mallorey - A manor house

Les Maltières - Thought to probably derive from the local family surname of Malet (1180)

Manoir - Manor

Les Mans - Homestead and land belonging to a fief (cf. manse)

Le Marais - Marsh

Marche - Boundary

Marché - Market

Marchi - Market

Le Mare - Pond, pool of water, ponding

La Marquanderie - The Le Marquand family home

(Pont) Marquet - Old Jersey family surname

Les Mars (also Villemars) - March corn, la grange aux mars

Marthes - Knucklebones (a game children played).

Maseline - A hollow containing a mill pond

Mashobra (Park) - Mashobra is a town in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Masure - Ruins of an old house

Mau - Bad, as in Maufant, and Maupertuis

Maudelayne - Hospital, asylum

Maufant - Bad mud, bad boggy ground

Maupertuis - Bad passage; pertuis, an opening in a Colombier

La Mauve - Herring gull

Le Maseline - A hollow containing a mill pond

Men - Stone, as in Dolmen

Mênage - Household, homestead, home

Menhir - Long stone

La Mer - Sea

Le Mer - Mark, sea-mark, vraic marker

Messervy - Old Jersey family surname

Messière - Ruins of an old house

Midvale (Road) - Middle of the dale, valley

La Mielle - Sand dune (from old Norse word 'Melr')

Les Mielles - Sand dunes

(La Rue) Militaire - Military

Millais, St Ouen - After the famous artist Sir John Millais (1829-1896)

(Mont) Millais - After the family surname of Millais

Mille - Mile

Minden (Place & Street) - After the English victory at the Battle of Minden in 1759. Minden is in North Germany

Les Minquiers - Sanctuary or fishing ground teeming with fish

(La Rue es) Moestre - Moisture, dampness

La Moie - Rocky headland, stack, hump, mass of stones

Mon - My

La Mondine - Mound or protective embankment, dyke

Mon Séjour - My abode, home

Mont - Hill

Montagnes - Mountains

Mont ès Pendus - Mount of the hanged men(Gallows Hill, now known as Westmount)

Mont Mallet - Named after Adolphus John Mallet who acquired land from The Crown in 1892

Mont Orgueil - Mount Pride

Morceau de Terre - Tiny piece of land

Morier (House) - Mulberry tree

Mortier - Mortar

La Motte - Mound

Les Mouettes - Seagulls

Le Moulin - Mill

Moulin de Bas - Lower Mill

Mourier - Mulberries/blackberries or derived from an extinct surname

Moutier - Monastery

La Moye - Rocky headland, stack, hump, mass of stones

Mue-à-Cochons - Pigsty

Muet - Silence

Mulcaster (Street) - Named after Captain Mulcaster, who refused to surrender Elizabeth Castle prior to the Battle of Jersey in January 1781

Mur - Wall

Muraille - Seawall

Musée - Museum

N

Nelson (Street and Avenue) - Lord Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805)

(Mont) Néron - Black

Nes - Cape, headland

Ness - Cape, headland

Néthe - Black

Neuve - New

Nez - Cape, headland

Nicholson (Park) - Sir Gresham Nicholson, former Lieutenant Governor (1953-1958)

Nid - Nest

Nid d'Or - Nest of gold

Noirmont - Black mount

Nomond (Avenue) - Family surname of Nomond. A 'nomond' was originally a person who helped a family choose a surname around 500AD

Nord - North

Notre Dame - Our Lady, the Virgin Mary

Les Nouettes - Small marshy meadow

Nouvelles - New

Nouvelles Charrières de Bonne Nuit - The new route to Bonne Nuit

Les Noyers - Walnut trees

O

L'Oeillière - The blinker, lookout

(Jardin) d'Olivet - Of olives

d'Or - Golden, of gold

(La Route and Clos) Orange - Jean Orange - Connétable of St Brelade (1820-1826)

Orge - Barley

Les Ormes - Elms

Ouaisné - Anchorage

L'Ouest - West

L'Ouzière - A place of mud or slime

P

Palissade - Fence

Les Pallières - From pelle for shovel

La Pallotterie - The Pallot family home

Palmyra (Road) - Named after a Polynesian island. Named by the developer in 1856

Pannier - Cart

(Maison le) Pape - Pope

Parade - Parade

Parais - A partition wall

Parc - Field

Parcq - Park

Pareille - A partition wall

Paroie - A partition wall

Parterre - Flower-bed

Pas - Footpath, track on land. Footprint. Strait, passage at sea

Le Passage - Way, passage, path, alleyway

Patene - Licence or letter

Patier (Road) - Family surname of Pastey or Pasquet

(Clos) Paumelle - Family surname of Paumelle or a variety of barley

(Clos des) Pauvres - Poor

Pavillon - Wing, lodge, summer house

Les Pavots - Poppies

Payn - Old Jersey family surname

Peel (Road & Terrace) - To do with St Luke's Church and an old Jersey Law

Peirson (Road, Place) - Major Francis Peirson, the 24 year old hero of the Battle of Jersey (1781)

Pelle - Shovel

La Pelotte - The trunk of a tree; p'lotte

Pendue - Hanged woman

Pen-y-Craig - Celtic for head of the rock

Pepinière - Nursery, seed bed

Perquage - Erroneously known as Sanctuary Paths. Always alongside a stream, one perch wide (24 Feet or 7.3 Metres)

La Perruque - Quarry

Peter (Street) - Son of George Ingouville - land owner and property developer in 1800s. Son named Pierre died in 1841

Petite - Small

Phare - Lighthouse, beacon

Phillips (Street) - Laid out by John Phillips in 1824 on land acquired from Thomas Le Breton, who acquired the land previously from Jacques Hemery

Picot - Turkey; surname, probably meaning pikeman

Piece - Piece

Pied - Foot, bottom

Pied du Cotil - The foot of the steep sloping field

Pierre - Stone

A Piétons - On foot, pedestrians

Pigneaux - Family surname of Pinel

Pignon - Gable

Pillar (Gardens) - Admiral Sir William Pillar, former Lieutenant Governor (1985-1990)

Pinel - Family surname of Pinel

Pîns - Pines

Pissot - Spring, stream

Place - Courtyard, town square, space

Plage - Beach

Plaisance - Country seat, place in the country giving pleasure

La Planque - Bridge

Plat - Flat, still

Plat Douet - Still stream

Platte - Flat

Plémont - Flat hill, folded hill

Plevna - Old English for Pleven, but also a modern name in Romanian for a historical village which is now in Bulgaria

Pomme - Apple

Pomme D'Or - Golden apple

Pomona (Road) - Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards. Associated with abundance

La Pompe - Pump

La Pompe Publique - Parish pump

Pont - Bridge

Pontac - Bridge

Pont du Val - Bridge in the valley

Pont Marquet - Bridge on land belonging to the Marquet family

Ponterrin - To bridge

Poonah (Road) - City in the western Indian State of Maharashta

Le Port - Harbour, haven

La Porte - Gateway

Portelet - Little harbour, haven, cove, creek, place of refuge, anchorage

Porteret - Little harbour, haven, cove, creek, place of refuge, anchorage

Portinfer - The way, gate down to the coast. Lower door or iron door

Pot - Celtic word for creek/cove

Potirons - Pumpkins; foxgloves; small hollows

La Pouclée - Dolmen, Prehistoric burial ground marked by stones, Possibly from Puck, a Hobgoblin, and 'Lech' meaning stone, hence 'Stone of Puck'. Goblin's path

Poudrière - Powder magazine

La Pouquelaye - Dolmen, Prehistoric burial ground marked by stones, Possibly from Puck, a Hobgoblin, and 'Lech' meaning stone, hence 'Stone of Puck'. Goblin's path

La Pouquelée - Dolmen, Prehistoric burial ground marked by stones, Possibly from Puck, a Hobgoblin, and 'Lech' meaning stone, hence 'Stone of Puck'. Goblin's path

La Prairie - Meadow

Le Pré - Meadow, water meadow

La Préférence - The choice

Les Prés - The Meadows, the water meadows

Près - Near, close to

Presbytère - Rectory

Presse - Wardrobe in a country house

Pressoir - Building where cider was made

Prévu - Foreseen

Prieur - Priory, prayer

La Profonde Rue - Deep Road

Providence (Street) - Daughter of George Ingouville - land owner and property developer in the 1800s

Le Puchot - From pucher, to empty out

Puits - Well, shaft

Le Pulec - Port at the end of the bay or pool. Also associated with a 'smelly place'

La Pulente - Port at the end of the bay or pool-like

Q

Quai - Port quay, river embankment

Qualité - Of special charm

Quatre Bras - Named after the Battle of Quatre Bras in 1815

Queen (Street) - Probably after Queen Charlotte, Wife of George III

Queen's (Road) - Named after Queen Victoria

Queen's (Valley) - Named after the farm belonging to The Crown, Queen Victoria

Les Quennevais - Hemp field or field overrun

John Le Quesne (Close) - John Reginald Le Quesne - Connétable of St Clement (1958-1967)

Quétivel - Possibly from Ketill, a Viking, and 'vellir' meaning fields, hence 'Fields of Ketill'

de Quetteville - Old Jersey family surname derived from Quetivel

R

Raleigh (Avenue) - Former Governor Sir Walter Raleigh (1600-1603)

Le Rât - From a tax or payment due in feudal times

La Raulinerie - Raulin's home

(Fort) Regent - After the Prince Regent, later King George IV, son of King George III who was renowned for being mad

La Reine - The Queen

Le Relais - Relief, release, respite, comfort, rest

La Retraite - Choice or recede, decline, downward slope or encroachment

La Rigondaine - A rock

Le Rivage - Shore, beach

Rive - Bank of a stream

Robeline - Family surname of Robelin

Roc - Rock

Rocaille - Rockery

La Rocco - Rocky islet

Roche - Rock

La Rochelle - Little rock

Rocher - A large rock, crag

Rocher Brûlé - Burnt Rock

Roches Douvres - Dover rocks

La Rocque - Rocks

Rocqueberg - Rocky hill

Le Rocquier - A large rock, crag

Le Roi - The King

La Ronce - Brambles

Ronche - Brambles

Clos de Roncier - Enclosed field of brambles

La Ronde - Round

Les Rondins - Turning place, round hollow

Ronez - Rocky-cape, rough, rocky waste

Rosel - Reed, from the ancient Roselle family in Normandy

La Roseraie - Rosery

Roseville (Street) - Family surname of Rose and Villa

La Rosière - Place where reeds grow or rose garden

(Mont) Rossignol - Nightingale, named after Le Rossignol family

Rouge Bouillon - Red marsh with bubbling springs

Rouge Cul - Red bottom, probably from clay

Route - Main Road

Routeur - Rettery

Routier - Soldier of fortune

Rozel - Reed, from the ancient Roselle family in Normandy

Les Ruaux - Little streams

Ruche - Beehive

La Rue - Road, street

La Ruelle - Narrow road, lane, alley

La Ruelle ès Ruaux - The lane of the little streams

Ruisseau - Brooks

Les Ruisseaux - Brooks

Russé - Stream

Dennis Ryan (Court) - Dennis Ryan - Connétable of St Helier (1961-1968)

S

Les Sables - Sands

Sable D'Or - Golden sands

Les Sablons - Sandy shore

Sacrement - Sacrament, consecration

Safran - Saffron, yellow

Sage - Wise man, surname Le Sage now extinct

Saie - Harbour, anchorage

Saillon - Projecting field

La Saline - Salt pan

Salle - Main room of house, meeting hall

Samarès - Salt marsh

Santa Fe - Holy faith

Sapin - Fir, spruce

(La Rue) Sara - After girl's name

Sargeant - Sargent

La Sarsonnerie - The Richardson family home

Saulsées - Willows

Saut - Waterfall or small valley/combe, leap, jump

Saut Falluet - Stepping stones over perquage brook or small valley on land belonging to the Fallu family

Sauvage - Surname, wild, a wanderer in the woods, or a woodhouse

Le Saux - Willow

Savile (Street) - Family surname of Savile

Le Scez - Harbour

Scrée - Hidden, secret

Seafield (Avenue) - After the adjacent house 'Seafield', renamed in the 1800s. Seafield Avenue built upon 'Circus Field'

Seale (Street) - Named after Jean Seale, a builder

Seaton (Place) - Family surname of Seaton

Le Sech - Dry

Sedement - Settlement

Seigneur - Feudal Lord

Seine - A fishing net

Séjour - Abode, home

Sel - Salt

La Sellière (Le Marais, St C) - After the field name, named after a rock off Grève d'Azette that resembles a saddle

Selous - Surname Slous

Sente - Footpath, pathway

Sergenté - Sergeantry, land pertaining to the feudal office of sergeant

Serre - Greenhouse, glasshouse

Seymour (Tower) - Former Governor Field Marshall Henry Seymour Conway (1772-1795)

Signaux - Signal

Simon (Place) - Family surname of Simon. Known as La Rue Simon in 1846

Snow Hill - Family surname of Snow or after place in London

Sohier - Family surname of Sohier

Soldat - Soldier

Soleil - Sun

Solitude - Choice

Sommier - Narrow field lying across the head of other fields running at right angles to it

Sorel - Yellowish-Brown. Also after pinkish granite found in the area

Sorsoleil - Old family surname

Soulement - Under the hill

Sous - Below, underneath

Sous Les Bois - Under the trees

Springfield - Wet marshy area with town brooks and springs running through it

Le Squez - A rivulet which dries up in Summer, leaving a marshy locality (From s'tchi = to dry)

Stafford (Lane) - The county town of Staffordshire

Ste Croix - Holy cross

Stopford (Road) - Named after Sir Robert Stopford, naval officer

Sud - South

Le Sueur - Shoe maker

Sumier - Narrow field lying across the head of other fields running at right angles to it

Surville - Above the settlement. Also existed as a family surname

Sutton (Court) - After Sir John Sutton, Former Lieutenant Governor (1990-1995)

Swan Farm (Lane) - After Mr Graves Chamney Swan who acquired the farm in 1869 and renamed it

T

Table des Marthes - Knucklebones (a game children played). Actually the capstone of a prehistoric tomb

Taillis - Cutting in the woodland

Talus - Slope, embankment

Tapon - Stopper, bung; a pole about five feet long for beating linen after washing

Tare - Weed

Tas - A pile, heap, a lot

Tas de Geon - A heap of furze

Tenement - A Feudal holding, a fief

Tesson - Family of Norman barons in 1204

Tete - Head

Thomas Edge (Gas Place) - Thomas Edge was an important designer and manufacturer of gas equipment

Thorpe - Farm

Toft - Homestead

Tombe - Tomb

Tombette - Small tomb

Tot - Homestead

La Tour - Tower or turn

La Tour Carrée, (St Ouen) - The Square Tower

Les Tours - Bendy, as La Ruelle des Tours in Grouville, "the little bendy lane".

La Tourelle - Turret or lime kiln

La Tourette - Small tower

Tourgis - Viking surname

(La Rue de) Trachy - Family surname of major landowner in 1880s, George Trachy. Can sometimes mean trail/track or rough

Travers - Through

Trélis - Trellis

Trinity - God is a mutual indwelling of three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit

(La Rue du) Trot - Trot

Trou - Hole

Trou de Sonde - Borehole

Les Tuiles - Tiles, bricks

U

(Mont) Ubé - Family surname of Le Tubelin

Us - Front door

V

Vache - Cow

Val - Valley, or if near the coast can mean creek, cove

Val de la Mare - Valley (leading) to the pond (La Mare au Seigneur - St Ouen's Pond)

Vallée - Valley

Vallée des Vaux - Valley to the vale

La Vallette - Little valley

Le Vallon - Small valley

(Coin) Varin - Family surname of Varin

Les Varines - Wet, heavy land

Varou - Werewolf

Les Varvots - St Lawrence house name from flat granite slabs in stream where women knelt to do their washing. Also, can mean mud patches

Vase - Slime

Vasé - Muddied

Le Vau - Field or if coastal creek, cove

Les Vaux - Vale, dale, valley

Vaze - Slime

Le Vent - Wind

Verclut - Green cleft, patch

Verde - Green

Verger - Orchard

Vèrgi - Orchard

Vermont - Green hill

Verp - A pound for stray animals on a fief

Verulam - Roman name for St Albans

(Mont) Vibert - Family surname of Vibert

Vic - Creek, cove

Vicard (Point) - Clever man, magician

Victoria (Avenue, College, Park, Pier, Street) - Named after Queen Victoria (1837-1901)

Vielle - Old

Vièr - Old

Lé Vièr Mont - Old hill

La Vierge - Virgin Mary

Vieux - Old

Le Vieux Mênage - The old homestead

Vigne - Vine, haulm

Vignette - Small vine; an ornament

Vik - Creek, cove

Ville - Country house, farm, hamlet, manor, town or settlement

Ville au Veslet - Area named after the extinct Veslet family

Ville Brée - Area named after the Brée family

Ville de Troye - A maze

Ville Emfrie - Area named after Anfrie

Ville ès Gaudains - Area named after the Gaudains family

Ville ès Gazeaux - Area named after the extinct Gazeaux family

Ville ès Gros - Area named after the Le Gros family

Ville ès Normans - The Norman family home

Ville ès Philippes - Area named after the Philippes

Ville ès Renauds - Area named after the Renaut family

Ville Guyon - Area named after the extinct Guyon family of St John

Ville Jacques - Area named after Jacques

Ville Machon - Area named after the Machon family

(La Rue du) Villot - Small hamlet

Vinchelez - Winchelsea; winding, corner, or link/chain

Vinde - Where ships had to change course

Vine (Street) - The houses along this street were covered in vines in the late 1700s

Vîngnes - Vines

Vingtaine - Political sub-division within 11 of Jersey's 12 Parishes. The exception being the parish of St Ouen, where the sub-divisions are referred to as 'cueillettes'

La Vioge - Form of ghost

Vivier - Fish pond

Voir - View, sight

Voûte - Vault, tunnel, roof of cave, stone covering of a well

Votte - Vault, roof of cave, tunnel, stone covering of a well

Vrai - Seaweed, true, real

Vraic - Seaweed

Vue - View

W

Waterloo (Street) - After the English victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

Ernest Watson (Close) - After Ernest Watson - Connétable of St Clement (1967-1983)

Weighbridge - The public weighbridge was located here (1825-1970)

Wellington (Road) - After the Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle of Waterloo (1769-1852)

Wesley (Street) - After the founder of the methodist movement John Wesley (1703-1791)

Westaway (Court) - After Julia Westaway - philanthropist and benefactor (1820-1901)

Wests Centre - After the former 'Wests' cinema that stood on the site until 1973

Wharf (Street) - This roadway was bordering the coast when originally laid out, on land reclaimed from the sea

Whiteley (Close) - After General Sir Peter Whiteley, former Lieutenant Governor (1979-1984)

Wick - Creek

Wilkes (Gardens) - After General Sir Michael Wilkes, former Lieutenant Governor (1995-2000)

Y

York (Street) - After the Duke of York, brother of William IV


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