Misson family page
It is not clear which of various derivations of this name in France should be attached to the Jersey surname
Grace Mary Misson (1916-1999) and Leonie
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Origins of surname
The name Misson is found in various parts of France and the derivation appears to vary from region to region. In Belgium and the north of France it started out as a personal name, derived from the Latin 'Domitius' via 'Domisse' and 'Domice'. In Aquitaine is indicates someone from the commune of Misson in the Landes department. In Auvergne it is synonymous with 'Moisson', a name which, unlike Misson, is found in Normandy, and signifies a person who is very small, light or frugal.
We remain slightly sceptical that these names are variants of each other, despite both being found in records for the same family in Jersey. We have found no reference at all to Minson in France, nor, although it appears to sound more English than French, any appearance in lists of English surnames.
Despite the name being present in Jersey either as Minson or Misson from as early as 1707, Charles Stevens' Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames gives no indication of its antiquity.
We believe that the Jacques, who is at the head of the tree below, and who married Marguerite Aubert at St Mary in 1704, was a Misson, and that the name was erroneously recorded as, or changed to, Minson at some point later. Jacques may have been a Huguenot refugee.
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Misson 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 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- David Misson, 2 Kew Villas, St Helier - 6 July 1925, D/Y/A/85
- Philippe Misson, Trinity - 28 August 1937, D/Y/A/101
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