Le Petit

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John Petit, master mariner born in St John in 1853, with his family

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Origin of Surname

Le Petit means the small one.

Early records

The name appears in the Assize Roll of 1309 and Johan Depetis is listed in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550

  • Esperance Le Petit was born in Jersey about 1585 and married Jean Le Quesne in 1609
  • Susanne Le Petit was born in St Andrew's, Guernsey in 1658, the daughter of Anthoine and Margueritte Alles

However, the name does not feature very often in Jersey baptism registers. The first records are on 26 October 1765, when Marie, Emma and Jean, the children of Pierre and Abigail Clifford, were baptised in St Brelade. These were not necessarily triplets - their parents may have been catching up with baptisms missed some time before. Then there is a gap before the name starts appearing in the St Helier registers from 1856 onwards.


  • Petit
  • Depetit
  • Lepetit
  • Le Petit
  • Des Petits

Family records


Family trees


Church records


Great War service

Father and son (both shown as John Adolphus by CIGWSG, but family records show Adolphus John)

  • Adolphus John Petit (1853- ) (St J) son of John and Betsey Jane Esnouf, husband of Susan Jane Le Cocq, Mercantile Marine
  • Adolphus John Petit (1900- ) (Tr), son of above, Private, Hampshire Regiment


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Petit 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

  • Petit : Alice Agnes , widow of Edward Francis Shorto, of 11, Lavington Avenue, Cheadle, Cheshire and formerly of 1, Hawthorne Terrace, St Helier - 25/Nov/1969 , 19/Apr/1974 , D/Y/B1/204/28
  • Petit : Alice Susan Anne , widow of Philip John de Ste Croix and Peter Guinard, of The Wells, Mont Mado, St John - 23/Jan/1969 , 24/Jan/1969 , D/Y/B1/128/26
  • Petit : Corinne , Sealand Cleft, St Aubin, widow of George Vallet - 17/Jun/1924 , 25/Feb/1931 , D/Y/A/91/43
  • Petit : John Louis , of 15, St Mary's Road, Netley Abbey, Hampshire - 04/Nov/1964 , 30/Mar/1965 , D/Y/B1/85/27
  • Petit : Mary , Fallenburg, Midvale Road, St Helier, widow of John Amy - 04/May/1915 , 25/Oct/1916 , D/Y/A/75/121

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Family gravestones

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