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Wyndham Lucas Sorel DSO


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Sorel family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Sorel, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

You can also select marriages or burials. Select the name you want and when the list of records is displayed you can easily refine the search, choosing a single parish, given name(s) and/or start and end dates.

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.

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Origin of Surname

This surname is of early medieval French origin, and is a nickname for a person with reddish-brown hair, from the Old French Sorel, reddish-brown and the Anglo-Norman-French word sor, chestnut.

The name was probably introduced to England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, as the first recording of the surname dates from the early 12th Century. William Sorell appears in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk, in 1130 during the reign of King Henry 1

Early records

The name is fairly common in Normandy and is thought to have arrived from there to the Channel Islands in the person of Huguenot refugee Jean Sorel during the late 17th century (see tree below)

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

Family tradition states that the member of this family who settled in Jersey was almoner of the Church of Condé-sur-Noireau, in Normandy, and who, being converted to the Reformed faith, and consequently necessitated to fly his native country, was conveyed to a place of safety in the basket in which the loaves were distributed to the poor of his parish. At the period of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, when this incident occurred, a collateral member of the same family reached England, and settled in Spitalfields.

Variants

  • Sorel
  • Sorrell, found in 17th century Jersey baptism records but apparently died out

Family records

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Family trees



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Church records

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Great War service


  • Wyndham Lucas Sorel (1880-1956) was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, the second highest award for bravery after the Victoria Cross. We have been unable to find any information about the circumstances surrounding this award but it must have been before 1919, and therefore probably during WW1, because he already had the DSO when in 1919 he was awarded the Greek Medal for Military Merit, 3rd Class. In 1925, while still a temporary Lieut-Colonel in the Royal Army Service Corps, he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, 4th Class, by the King of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Sorel 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

  • Esther Sorel bequeaths to The Parochial District Visiting Society £5; to the Channel Islands Female Penitentiary £5 - 14 June 1907, D/Y/A/66
  • Ann Sorel of 21 Duhamel Place, now of the Guernsey and Jersey Hotel, Southampton, widow - 17 June 1886, D/Y/A/45
  • Anne Sorel of St Helier - 3 March 1888, D/Y/A/47
  • Elizabeth Sorel of St Helier - 6 November 1869, D/Y/A/34
  • Jean Sorel of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £120 of French currency 26 May 1820 - D/Y/A/19
  • Philippe Sorel of St Helier - 10 October 1890, D/Y/A/49
  • Thomas Sorel of St Helier - 30 August 1866, D/Y/A/33


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Burial records


Family album

Unlike other individuals who issued their own banknotes, Thomas and John Sorel did not pretend to be a bank when they had this one printed in 1832

Family gravestones

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Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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