Le Vaillant family page
This name has been present in Jersey since the 17th century
L Le Vaillant was a Caesareans defender in the 1900s
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Origins of surname
This name, which is common throughout France, is derived from the personal name Vaillant, meaning 'valiant' and 'strong', which in turn comes from the Latin name Valentius.
The name is found in Jersey church records as early as 1653, when Jean, son of Jean, was baptised in St Peter, but it would be another 140 years before another baptism is found. Philippe, son of Marie La Gerche, and an unnamed father, was baptised in the same parish in 1797.
The line which is found in Jersey today probably started with the baptism of Ann, daughter of Philippe and Marguerite Le Sueur, in St Helier in 1828. Philippe almost certainly came from the north of Brittany, where the name is very common; possibly from the commune of Plounez in Cotes d'Armor. Another family (see tree below) came from Saint Caradec in Cotes d'Armor.
- Le Vaillant
Births and baptisms
Le Vaillant family members who served in World War 1
- Alice M Le Vaillant (St H), Queen Mary's Auxiliary Army Corps
- Henry Arthur Le Vaillant (1900- ) (St H), Officer’s Steward RN, HMS ‘’Pembroke’’
- Rene Jean Le Vaillant (St H), Driver RE
- William T Le Vaillant (1884- ) (St H) son of Philip and Jane Short, Private, Royal Irish Rifles, then Labour Corps, ex-RMIJ
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