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Sailors refuse to put to sea during the Spithead Mutiny, one of whose leaders was Jersey-born Valentine Joyce

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Origins of surname

There are two possible origins of this surname, both are French, on Breton and one Norman. It may be derived from the Breton personal name Iodoc, a diminutive of Juidcaelh, meaning 'lord', and introduced by the Normans into England at the Invasion of 1066. Although the 1086 Domesday Book does not list the name, both 'Josce' and 'Iocius' are recorded in the 1150 rolls of the city of Lincoln. Alternatively the name may originate with the village of Josse sur Mer, in Calvados, Normandy.

There were no members of the family present during the German Occupation and the name may have died out in the island for a time, although there is one household listed in today's telephone directory.

Early records

Although the name has French origins, it came to Jersey from England. Valentine Joyce, the notorious leader of the Spithead Mutiny, was born to a military father in Elizabeth Castle in 1769, but they left the island when Valentine was young. It would be another 40 years before another family arrived and became established residents.


  • Joyce
  • Josse, found in Jersey but not recognised as a variant

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Great War service

  • Two grandsons of Daniel Joyce, who was born in St Brelade in 1816, and emigrated to New Zealand, where he married Eliza Tyler, were killed in France in the Great War in 1918. Daniel moved with his family to Fiji and his son William Henry Joyce (1845-1914) married Emma Eliza Fisher there in 1876, and they had 12 children, before moving back to New Zealand, and then New South Wales. Ernest Daniel (1885-1918) joined a Howitzer Battery in August 1916, and was killed in action two years later. His younger brother Norman Roy (1895-1918) was serving with the Royal Flying Corps when he was killed. He was a Lieutenant, but we have found no indication whether he was a pilot, or served in some other capacity.

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