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Lys family page

This family first appeared in Jersey records early in the 18th century


Marie Lys married Philippe Dolbel in St Helier in 1771

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Origins of surname

The name may come from lis, French for lily, but given its prevalence in the far north of France it is thought more likely that it is related to the Lys, a tributary of the river Escaut, or a placename such as Lys-lès-Lannoy. If it does relate to the river, a possible derivation would be the Gallic liga for 'sediment' or 'deposit'.

Early records

The first record of the name in Jersey is the marriage of Jacques Lys to Marie Rousset in St Lawrence in 1714, which suggests that Jacques may have come to Jersey as a child with his parents, Pierre and Elizabeth Sorre, as Huguenot refugees. Although the majority of these refugees settled in Jersey before 1700, before Jacques' birth, some did not arrive until the early 1700s.

Although the family was never numerous, it was still present in Jersey in the mid-20th century, but now seems to have died out.


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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Lys 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

  • Jane Lys of St Helier 29 July 1856 - D/Y/A/28
  • Jean Lys of St Peter at St Lawrence, desires to be buried in St Lawrence Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Lawrence, £6 of the order of the King 12 June 1815 - D/Y/A/18
  • Philippe Lys of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 of the order 27 February 1796 - D/Y/A/15
  • Marie Lys, widow of Philippe Dolbel, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £16 tournois of the order of the King, to Marie Lys, her niece, £200 sterling of stock in 3% annuities 13 January 1790 - D/Y/A/14
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