Le Vaillant

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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.

Early records

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.


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Family records


Family trees


Births and baptisms


Le Vaillant family members who served in World War 1


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Le Vaillant 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

  • Le Vaillant : Alfred Nicholas , of Dolfre, Langley Park, St Saviour and formerly of Dolfre Guest House, 22, Dorset Street, St Helier - 14/Feb/1966 , 16/Sep/1976 , D/Y/B1/246/28
  • Le Vaillant : Augustine Marie , widow of William Frank Edward Tirel, of Sandybrook Hospital, Grouville Annexe, Grouville - 31/Jul/1978 , 31/Jul/1978 , D/Y/B1/283/38
  • Le Vaillant : Marie Louise , widow of Pierre Auguste Eugene Le Breuilly, formerly of Le Cygne, Bagatelle Road, St Saviour - 01/Mar/1954 , 21/Sep/1967 , D/Y/B1/111/49
  • Le Vaillant : William Thomas , of 2, Stuart Houses, Charles Street, St Helier - 28/Nov/1956 , 08/Mar/1957 , D/Y/B1/40/51

Family album

The Dutertre family in Canada. Ann Marie Le Vaillant, born in St Helier in 1894, is second from the left, standing next to her husband, Joseph Marie Dutertre (1885-1922), with his mother Catherine Gallais seated in the centre, his brothers Jean Louis and Francois. Catherine was born in Plaintel, Brittany in 1846 and married Pierre Marie Dutertre (1842-1892) in his birth town, St Brandan, in 1871. They moved to Jersey that year and their son Pierre, and daughters Marie Rose and Angelina were born in St Lawrence, St Clement and Grouville, respectively. The family then returned to St Brandan, where Jean Louis, Francois, Jeanne and Joseph were born, before returning to Jersey in the late 1880s. Pierre Marie died in St Clement in 1892, and Catherine married for a second time to Pierre Lucas. But Catherine left with her children for Canada in 1904 and was living there in 1911, when Pierre Lucas died in Jersey. She went to the USA in 1918, but returned to Jersey some time later and died there in 1930

Family gravestones

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