Origins of surname
The Sangan family in Jersey can, like so many others of Breton origin, trace their ancestry to Ploeuc-sur-Lie in the Cotes d'Armor department of north Brittany. However, we have been unable to find any mention of the derivation of the name in either our French or British sources.
It is possible that it is connected to sang, the French for blood. That would be supported by suggestions that the name may be derived from sanguin, meaning both 'blood red' and 'cheerful, 'bright' and 'optimistic'.
The name first appears in island records in the 1850s. It is believed that at least four members of the same Ploeuc-sur-Lie family, which is shown in the family tree below came to Jersey at different times and established families in the island.
But the first arrival, who settled in St Mary, has not yet been identified
There are Sangans in Jersey today, probably descended from only one, or perhaps two, of the original immigrants.
- Sangan baptisms in Jersey
- Sangan marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Sangan marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Sangan burials in Jersey
Great War service
Sons of Jean Louis Sangan and Alexandrine Vigot
- Peter Edward Sangan (1844-1916) Sergeant RFA, killed in action
- John Francis Sangan (1899- ) (St H) Stoker RN, HMS Victory X
- Franks Sangan MM (1882- ) (St H) son of Yves Francois and Marie Louise Soudain, Corporal, Royal Irish Rifles, wounded
- Emile Henry Sangan (1881- ) (St H) son of Francois and Marie St Oger, husband of Josephine Toudic, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- Sangan Occupation identity cards
- Gladys Josephine Bewhay, nee Sangan, convicted of serious larceny and sent to an unknown prison in France
These wills created by members of the Sangan 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
- Azeline Sangan, 28 David Place, St Helier - 23 August 1946, D/Y/A/116
- Jean Sangan, Maison St Marculf, Green Street, St Helier - 11 January 1937, D/Y/A/100
- Pierre Sangan, Welton House, Vingtaine des Pigneaux, St Saviour - 22 March 1930, D/Y/A/90
- Jeanne Sangan, wife of Jean Ropert, Val de La Mare, St Peter - 21 August 1944, D/Y/A/112
- Marie Sangan, wife of Francis Johnson, 17, Parade Place, St Helier - 01 July 1939, D/Y/A/105
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