Le Vannais

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This family probably came to Jersey from Ploeuc-sur-Lie in north Brittany


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Lilian Maude Le Vannais

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Origins of surname

Although reasonably common in Brittany, particularly Ploeuc-sur-Lie from where many farmworkers came to Jersey and settled in the 19th century, we have been unable to find a source for the spelling common in Jersey. First thoughts are that it referred to an inhabitant of Vannes, a large town in south Brittany, but it seems more likely to have been descriptive of someone who made or drove vans, of the horse-drawn variety.

Early records

The name first appeared in Jersey at the end of the 19th century with the arrival of Pierre Marie, probably from Ploeuc, He was probably already married to Catherine Le Moigne and their son Pierre Yves was born in St Saviour in 1898. It is likely that Francois, Jean, John Alfred and Alice Catherine Marie, who were born in the parish over the next nine years were also children of Pierre Marie and Catherine.

Variants

  • Levannais
  • Le Vannais
  • Levannier
  • Le Vannier

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