Tocque family page
Isabella Tocque (1867-1940) born at sea en route to New York
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Origins of Surname
Although we have not been able to find any reference to the derivation of Tocque, it is likely to be a variant of the Breton Tocquer, which is derived from toker, a maker and seller of hats. A Toque was a style of had popular in medieval France and still worn by chefs and Jersey Jurats on ceremonial occasions.
How and when the family arrived in Jersey from Brittany (or elsewhere) is unclear but the known dates do not fit in with either of the main waves of Huguenot refugees.
There were two main Tocque families in Jersey, one in St Ouen and the other in neighbouring St Peter (see trees below). There was one intermarriage between the two families - Jean of St Ouen married Susanne of St Peter in 1772 - but otherwise the two families appear to have developed separately, although there was undoubtedly a common ancestor in the early 17th century. It is likely that Pierre, who is the known head of the St Ouen family, and Jean, who married Susanne Pipon of St Peter in 1659 and founded the St Peter branch, were brothers.
It is not clear whether the name 'Toke' found in the 1309 Assize Roll is a genuine variant of Toque/Tocque, but given the suspected derivation shown above, it has to be a possibility. The names are grouped together as variants in Charles Stevens' Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames.
- Toke, 1309
- Tocquer, found in Brittany
Great War service
Father and son
- Charles Henry Stewart Tocque (1854- ) (St B) son of Thomas and Sophia Denham, husband of Margaret Madeleine, nee AngierCaptain RNR
- Frederick Arthur Charles Tocque, 2nd Lieutenent RE, probably born in England
- Frederick Tocque (1879- ) son of Frederick and Ellen Dale, Mercantile Marine
- George Tocque (1885- ) son of Frederick and Ellen Dale, Mercantile Marine
- John Tocque (1891- ) (St H) son of Frederick and Ellen Dale, ex-RMIJ, Air Mechanic RAF
- Harold John Tocque (1895- ) (St H) son of John Philip and Everilda Marie Larbalestier, OV, Private, Canada
These wills created by members of the Tocque 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
- Anne Tocque of St Brelade, now of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, £3, to the poor of St Helier, £3 5 December 1859 - D/Y/A/30
- Frederic Tocque, 5½ Commercial Buildings, St Helier - 5 March 1923, D/Y/A/83
- John Tocque, 4 Don Terrace, Don Road, St Helier - 3 August 1937, D/Y/A/101
- Marie Tocque of St Peter, now of St Aubin, St Brelade 6 February 1852 - D/Y/A/27
- Philippe Tocque of St Lawrence, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the Marine Charity of Jersey £5 - 23 February 1878, D/Y/A/40
- Susanne Tocque of St Peter, desires to be buried in St Peter's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Peter, 5s 2 June 1852 - D/Y/A/27
- Susanne Tocque of St Brelade, now of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Brelade, to the poor of St Helier £3 - 7 August 1868, D/Y/A/34
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