Puirvaux family page
Guillaume Simeon Puirvaux married Sara Hamon in St Helier in 1779
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Origins of surname
Not many names defeat us, but we have been unable to find any reference to the origins of Puirvaux. Vaux is French for valley, but puir has us beaten. This is unlikely to be an indigenous Jersey name, because it does not appear in records until the early 18th century, and had died out in just over 100 years.
But it is not a name apparently known in France. There is only one record of the name in the Geneanet database, and that mistakenly shows Jeanne Puirvaux, who married Jean Moignard, as born in France, whereas she was born in Jersey.
Joseph Puirvaux, who married Marie Anne Morel, daughter of Louis and Susanne Liege, started the short-lived Jersey family. His sons Louis Joseph and Guillaume Simeon both had families, but there is no record of a further generation.
This will created by a member of the Puirvaux 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
- Louis Puirvaux of St Helier 19 March 1763 - D/Y/A/11