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Lecaudey family page

This family name appears in Jersey records spelt in a number of different ways. All are thought to have the same origins


Sapper Harold Lawrence Le Caudey died of wounds at a military hospital in Rouen seven months before the end of the Great War

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Origins of surname

The Normandy version of the name is Lécaude, derived from Lécaudé, and becoming Lécaudey in the Manche department. It indicated a seller of d'échaudés, light pastry cakes warmed and then cooked in the oven.

Early records

The name certainly changed after Philippe Lescaudey emigrated to America in the 1680s, but there is considerable confusion over the spelling of the name in earlier generations in Jersey. We have standardised on Lecaudey, but the first seven records in the St Ouen baptism register in the 17th century include five different spellings: Lescaudey, Lecaudey, LeCaude, Lescode and Lescaude.

The first baptism record in Jersey is that of Philippe, son of Abraham, in St Ouen in 1637, but it now seems generally accepted that all his ancestors in the tree below were born in Jersey.


  • Lecaudey
  • Lescaude 1569
  • Lescaudey
  • Le Caude, found in American histories but probably never used in Jersey
  • Lescauld 1607
  • Cody, the name adopted by emigrants to the USA
  • Caudy, a half-way stage between Lescaudey and Cody

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Church records


Le Caudey family members who served in World War 1

Two sons of Raymond Rive and Emily Sophie Adams

  • Archibald George le Caudey (1884- ) (St H) (St H) Lieutenant, RNR
  • Douglas Powell Le Caudey (1882- ) (St H), L-Cpl RE

  • George William Le Caudey (1894- ) (St L) son of Emily, Sapper, RE


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Le Caudey 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

  • George Le Caudey, Charing Cross Hotel, Strand, London - 16 September 1937, D/Y/A/101
  • Elizabeth Lecaudery of St Ouen, now of St Peter, widow of Edouard Jean and Pierre Rive, bequeaths to the poor £20 - 3 December 1890, D/Y/A/49
  • Julia Lecaudey, Cambrian Villa, Beaumont - 12 March 1947, D/Y/A/117

Buffalo Bill

One of America's greatest folk heroes, 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, is a direct descendant of the Jersey Lescaudys. He was the 3xgreat grandson of Philippe Lescaudy, who emigrated to Massachusetts in the 1680s with his wife Martha Le Brocq.

Given the important place he holds in American history it is amazing how much misleading information abounds in written and online histories about his ancestry.

Family graves

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