Le Lion

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Le Lion family page

Variations of this name have been known in Jersey since the 13th century


Elsie Mary Le Lion married Robert David de la Haye at All Saints in 1925

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Origins of surname

The name, unsurprisingly, is derived from the wild cat, although the early Le Lions did not necessarily have long manes and sharp claws. It was a name, spelt Leon, used by 13 popes and 'Lion Kings' were those who were particularly strong and ruthless. As Lelion it is commonly found in Brittany.

Early records

The family arrived in Jersey from Barneville, on the nearby Normandy coast, in the middle of the 19th century. Eugene Lelion was a farm labourer. He came to Jersey with his wife Lestanie.

However, the name was known in the island under various spellings from the last decade of the 13th century onwards.


  • Le Lion
  • Lelion, as found in Brittany
  • Le Lyon, 1292
  • Le Lyoun, 1309
  • Leo 1299, Latin form in an official document

Family records


Family trees


Births and baptisms


Family members who served in World War 1

Three brothers, sons of Eugene Bienaime and Anne Elizabeth, two of whom died in the war

  • J Le Lion, Private, RASC


Family wills

This will created by a member of the Le Lion 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

  • Alexandrine Le Lion of 3, Boyne Terrace, Great Union Road, St Helier, widow Marie - 3 May 1900, D/Y/A/59

Family gravestones

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