Le Boeuf

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Finding servants for affluent Jersey families was big business in the 19th century and one of the main agencies was run by Mrs Le Boeuf in St James' Street in the 1850s to '70s. One of her almanac advertisements promoted 'A privateroom for the use of Ladies, in which they can meet the required class of servants at an appointed hour'.

She also owned a private home where female servants could live between engagements, and where young girls from country parishes could stay as they came to the town of St Helier for the first time, seeking work

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Origins of surname

Boeuf is French for 'beef' and it is suggested that the name was given to someone who was strong, or 'well-built' like a bull.

Early records

The name has been present in Jersey records, in various spellings, since the late 13th century. Church records start to appear from the end of the 16 the century. This is one of the few old Jersey names which seems to have been concentrated largely in St Helier.


  • Le Boeuf, 1607
  • Le Beouf 1528
  • Boeffe
  • Boif
  • Deuboef 1309
  • Bufe
  • Le Beuf 1299
  • Boeuf

Family records


Family trees


Church records


Le Boeuf family histories

Two seafaring brothers


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Le Boeuf family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers 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

  • Frederick Le Boeuf, master mariner, writes about his children born on the British Barque Juan F Pearson, Indian Ocean and Kathleen Saracen born on board the British ship Saracen at Manila, Philippines - 27 July 1896, D/Y/A/55
  • Jean Le Boeuf of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £4 tournois of the order of the King 6 October 1783 - D/Y/A/13
  • Jean Le Boeuf of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 5s, and to Marguerite Esther Finnie a house bordered on the south by Clare Street, St Helier - 25 October 1862, D/Y/A/31
  • Marie Le Boeuf of St Helier, now of St Peter, desires to be buried in St Peter's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, 5s 2 July 1856 - D/Y/A/28


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