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Marquis family page

This surname is more common in Guernsey than in Jersey

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Origin of Surname

This was a rank of nobility between Duke and Count in 16th century France, and in the north of the country the name may have been given to someone in service of a Marquis. However, in the west of France it is thought that the name is more likely to have originated from the forename mare, or to have been a variant of marchis. This is an archaic French word for 'market' and is found in Norman-French as marchi.

Early records

The name is much more prevalent in Guernsey than Jersey, where only three baptisms are listed - in 1827, 1912 and 1913. It is believed that all Jersey families originated in the sister island, and were often only temporary emigrants to Jersey.


  • Marquis
  • Lemarquis

Family Records


Church records


Family trees


Great War service

Sons of David and Elizabeth Marquis, of St Helier, born in Greenock, Scotland

  • Eric Victor Marquis (St H) Corporal, Royal Irish Fusiliers
  • Ernest Wesley Marquis (1893- ) (Greenock) Bombardier RGA
  • Reginald Ogier Marquis (St H) ex-RMIJ, Corporal, RE

  • Thomas Andrew Marquis (St H) ex-RMIJ, Corporal, Hampshire Regiment
  • James Marquis (1895- ) (St H) son of George and Isabella, Assistant RN, HMS Alliance

Occupation records


Family wills

This will created by a member of the Marquis family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number 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

  • James Marquis, 14 Library Place, St Helier, hair- dresser - 22 February 1930, D/Y/A/90

Family gravestones

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